3. Honest feedback like you’ve never heard before
”I don’t feel safe in this clothing.”
You can imagine that a worker may not feel comfortable sharing a statement like this directly with their manager or the HSE department. In an independent audit, private interviews with a third party guarantee a more anonymous setting in which workers can be truly honest about their experiences. Individual interviews also gives workers the chance to share their feedback without being overruled or influenced by the (louder) opinions of other colleagues.
4. Subjective insights are a game changer
Pricing and technical specs are often the key deciding factors for a new tender, but don’t forget about real-life “soft” insights! A worker may not care about safety compliance if the more subjective aspects of their workwear experience aren’t being satisfied. For instance, is a garment breathable and comfortable? Does the fabric allow for freedom of movement? A protective clothing audit provides you with a comprehensive analysis of all the aspects necessary — both objective and subjective — for the employee to be able to perform his or her work optimally.
5. A more inclusive workplace
“How can our current protective clothing be improved?”
By asking your employees the open question “How can our current protective clothing be improved?” you’ll make space for a more diverse spectrum of wishes and preferences. Are you taking into account, for instance, the fit preferences of the female employees in your company? Women’s protective clothing and PPE is just one example of the hidden improvement points that an audit can bring to light.
Why employee satisfaction is worth the effort
If workers are happy and feel heard, they’re more likely to wear their protective clothing confidently and perform their job safely. It’s a win-win! That’s why employee satisfaction is a key building block for any HSE Manager dedicated to building a strong safety culture.
It can be difficult to know where to start once you’ve decided to perform a protective clothing audit, but making informed choices on the safety and comfort of your employees doesn’t have to be stressful. A third-party tool like Proclaud® can help structure your process and distil the resulting insights into a custom solution you can count on — and one your employees are happy with, too.