Where's the enforcement?
Slack promotion of PPE by employers is the number one barrier to using safety gear, according to research sponsored by the International Safety Equipment Association.
High-visibility safety vests and hardhats are the most commonly used types of PPE, worn when needed about 75 percent of the time, according to survey respondents.
Earplugs/muffs and eye protection are worn only about half the time when needed, and usage rates for respiratory protection, coveralls, and face shields fall well below that level - in the 30 percent to 40 percent range.
Between six and seven out of ten workers wear fall protection, gloves and protective footwear when needed, said respondents.