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Manufacturers could reduce their costs by reassessing their personal protective equipment (PPE) with a long-term strategy in mind, it has been suggested.

An article in the Reliable Plant journal claims that manufacturers can improve their spending on bottom line costs through a personal apparel assessment.

Through conducting such a review, manufacturers could create a PPE programme that is 'more consistent, compliant and cost-effective', Ansell Healthcare's Mike Kimberley wrote.

According to Mr Kimberley, who is the director of strategic account development at the New Jersey firm, there is a risk when manufacturers rely on cutting costs through discounts from suppliers.

While this approach could bring immediate cost benefits, Mr Kimberley warned that the changes could have a negative impact in the long-term.

He suggested that this practice tended to have a 'domino effect' as suppliers provided less expensive items that did not meet the required performance standards.

Inferior products have the potential to lead to more injuries, incorrect application, lack of compliance, slower throughput and more usage over a longer period, Mr Kimberley suggested.

'The added direct and indirect costs negated any short-term cost reductions,' he concluded.

UK health and safety regulations require PPE to be properly assessed before use in terms of suitability, maintained and stored appropriately, provided with instructions on its safe use as well as utilised correctly by employees.

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