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UCATT CONCERN OVER PPE VENDING MACHINES

Union ask HSE to block selling PPE though site vending machines 

Construction union UCATT has written to HSE calling on the regulator to prevent personal protective equipment (PPE) being sold on construction sites through vending machines.

The union made the approach to HSE after it became aware that at least one company has been producing vending machines that dispense PPE. UCATT point out that PPE should be provided free of charge to employees and agency workers.

UCATT is also concerned that users may purchase (unseen) poorly-fitting equipment which ‘could be as dangerous as not wearing PPE at all.’ and that supplying PPE through a vending machine may negate the requirement for a risk assessment to be undertaken before PPE is supplied.

Steve Murphy, General Secretary of UCATT, said:

“PPE saves lives. It is essential that companies are in no way tempted to reduce its effectiveness in order to save money. The HSE need to provide clear guidance that vending machines are not a suitable way to supply lifesaving equipment.”

An HSE spokesperson said a letter has been received from UCATT and HSE is looking into the matter and will respond to the issues raised shortly.

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