Sheffield Occupational Health and Safety Association :: View topic - Managers and PPE Non-compliance

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 11:48 pm Reply with quote Back to top
I have a manager who will not wear his PPE and undermines my authority.

I have difficulty getting other employees to comply - they typically say "why should I wear it if [he] doesn’t?!"

Any advice would be a big help.  
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 8:18 am Reply with quote Back to top
Well firstly what IS your authority? I am guessing that you are his line manager. If so this isn't really a safety question is it. If you are the safety advisor for the company then you don't actually have any authority to undermine.

Secondly, I would review the risk assessments for your business and assure yourself that the PPE prescribed is absolutely necessary and that the wearing of it limits exposure to particular hazards or reduces likelihood of an incident occurring. If it doesn't then forcing him to use it would be unreasonable.

All of the other employees need to understand why they are wearing theirs - to please you or to protect themselves? Get them wearing theirs and then worry about him later.

There are many ways to tackle a manager who won't toe the line, but what is most important is to firstly understand WHY he won't wear it. There must be a reason. Perhaps it interferes with his senses in some way or he's embarrassed. Simply ordering anyone to do anything doesn't work - unless you're in the Army of course.
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