Personal protective equipment, or PPE, is essential to safety in many professions. Each workplace may have a different set of safety requirements. Some may only need helmets and gloves while others may also need to use respirators, harnesses, and ear plugs. Whether your profession demands one or two pieces of PPE or many, your employer should supply those items for you.
Can I Buy My PPE?
Some businesses provide employees with an allowance for PPE. This gives the worker the chance to choose an item that offers the right fit. In this situation, the employer is required to verify that the PPE purchased by the employee meets minimum safety standards.
If you buy the required PPE with your own funds, you should talk to your employer about reimbursement. They may decide to provide an allowance in the future or purchase the PPE for all workers who need it.
Can My Employer Deduct the Cost of PPE From My Wages?
PPE expenses are part of the cost of doing business. That means it is up to the company to cover the cost, not its employees. Health and safety legislation does not allow employers to charge workers for the purchase of PPE. This expense should never be deducted from wages or otherwise billed to employees.
What Do I Do If My Employer Refuses to Provide PPE?
If your employer refuses to provide PPE or attempts to take the cost of PPE out of your paycheck, you may be entitled to compensation.
Contact Carew Lawyers to learn more about PPE regulations and how they apply to your situation.