The management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 states that it is essential to recognize and protect employees from risks within the workplace. However, not all risks can be minimized to an acceptable standard, which is where PPE comes in. PPE is the last line of defense between the risk and the employee.

Section 19 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 sets out the obligation of an employer ‘where it is not practicable to avoid the presence of hazards at the workplace, [to] provide the employees with, or otherwise provide for the employees to have, such adequate personal protective clothing and equipment as is practicable to protect them against those hazards, without any cost to the employees’.

Bitrez Ltd, manufacturer of specialist polymers and chemicals, who frequently work with hazardous substances, recognize only too well that strict adherence to appropriate use of PPE equipment is essential.

Dev Ramsingh, chemical process safety manager at Bitrez, said: “The health, safety and welfare of our employees, customers and suppliers is of the utmost importance to us. Bitrez, as past members of the British Safety Council, secured a 5-star health and safety scheme rating, which resulted in receiving the British Safety Council Sword of Honour. We are certified to OHSAS 18001 and are proud to make continuous effort to train our staff and promote health and safety within the workplace."

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