If you are going back to work after your factory has been closed, you may be concerned about your safety. Having the correct personal protection equipment (PPE) at work is more important than ever.
While PPE has always mattered, some employers have been lacking in providing it and checking that their employees use it. Things are likely to be stricter now, which, while it can seem like a nuisance, should help keep you as safe.
Each year, many factory workers are injured in workplace accidents. Some of these accidents could have been avoided by better safety procedures, some by the use of adequate PPE.
It is easy to become blasé about your work environment because you spend so many hours there each week, but they can be dangerous places. Factories are full of moving parts and people tired from working long shifts. There may well be vehicles such as forklifts or trucks, too.
Your employer must provide you with a safe workplace, which means they must give adequate PPE. There has been a recent political battle about whether or not factories should be subject to stricter control by The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Some politicians think OSHA needs to be doing more than offering voluntary guidance to employers in the current situation.
If you do get sick or injured at work, your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance should cover you. However, you may need help to ensure this insurance covers all your costs. You may also decide that your employer could have done more to protect you, and may wish to investigate further legal avenues.