PPE When to Wear it

Updated on July 29, 2017 in Construction
4 on April 26, 2017

Hi guys, I am seeking some advice on when our teams are suppose to wear Hi Vis vests. It seems that everyone just says you need to wear them but I cannot find anything around legislation that states why they are needed? My guys ask me why, when they are working in public areas (outside a shop front) they need to have it on, none of the public has these things on and they are often standing right beside them? Does it really make the guys safer?

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0 on April 27, 2017

Giday Oscar, welcome on board! great to have you part of the Forum, hmm that is a tough one for sure! from what I have read on the NZ regulation sit does not state Hi -Vis specifically so you may want to look at your companies policies and see where they have derived that rule from. Let me know how you get on, I am sure someone here will be able to answer your concerns for sure.

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0 on April 27, 2017

Yeah I am much the same, I guess its just because the rest of the companies around us are doing it Oscar? if there is an incident they will just look to see what the rest of the industry does and if your systems are not following best practice then you may end up coming across as non compliant, maybe not the answer you were looking for but its all’s I have got at the moment, I will ask around work and get back to you

 

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0 on April 29, 2017

There is a code of practise for hi-vis for road workers “code of practise for temporary traffic management” (COPTTM) but after that its risk based. Wearing hi-vis in a public place helps the public realise work is going on which is probably a good thing

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0 on July 29, 2017

PPE is the last form of defence, after elimination, substitution, engineering, administration & PPE (Aussie), or in NZ eliminate, isolate minimise, I personally like the Aussie framework better. Behavioural based safety is the best way to educate workers about when and why PPE is required. This should also be discussed as part of the risk assessment with workers during the consultation process at the planning stage. If they understand the risks and want to wear the PPE, your compliance rate will improve over night.

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