6 Ways to Help Your Employees Wear Safety Gear


Managing any team that requires safety gear takes constant vigilance. You never know when a new team member might show up in sandals because their close-toed shoes are in the dryer. With the current workforce turnover, many teams are training new members who must earn. Not just the safety measures, but also how to dress and equip themselves for the job. Not everyone has a full week of long black or khaki pants, and not everyone knows how to wear a utility belt with a scanner holster

What do you do, as a manager, if one of your team members doesn’t have the right clothes, but your company doesn’t officially issue uniforms? How do you make sure every one of your team members is wearing the right harness and holster when wrangling a team of trainees? We have a few ideas, and the equipment you need to implement solutions to help your team wear safety gear.

Direct Employees to Local Retailers

It helps to have a few local partners in equipping your team. Especially if you train young adults who may be in their ‘first real job’ phase of experience. Know which stores sell the kind of clothes that are needed for the dress code. Long heavy pants in neutral colors, close-toed shoes and athletic socks, and sturdy business-casual shirts can all be found in local department and clothing stores, and many sporting goods stores.

This way, you can direct new hires to where they can find affordable uniform pieces for work and additions to their wardrobe.

Provide the Belts and Holsters

For the most part, employers should provide the belts, harnesses, and holsters needed for the job. These necessary ergonomic choices can be more easily and uniformly sourced by one person. Also, they are less likely to become an everyday wardrobe item for your team. Barcode scanner holsters and handheld computer holsters are also unique to the devices your team uses. If your team comes dressed correctly, they should be properly geared to wear the belts or harnesses comfortably.

Allow Employees to Personalize Safety Gear

On the other side, your trainees are old hands who can become too casual with the safety rules. One way to help your pros stay safety-alert is to allow some personalization. Pins, colorful tool loops, and extra holsters for personal items might be just the ticket to make your pros feel more elite while upholding strict safety and logistical standards in their choice of gear.

Supply Company Uniforms and Equipment

The simplest option, for deep pockets, is to provide everything. Supply uniform items from the company supply along with any belts, harnesses, and holsters needed on the job. Some employers offload uniform and equipment costs. If you have the option, supplying these things is the number-one way to properly equip your team members. With a locker full of spares, it’s also the best solution for a team member who comes to work out of the dress code.

Openly Discuss Ability Accommodations

Another great way to ensure safety gear adherence is to be open about ability accommodations. Not everyone can use the same gear or perform the same tasks. Openly talk about how it’s OK for employees to mention if they have a physical limitation or just a different way they need to do things. Encourage left-handed employees to request a lefty-scanner and holster, and invite others to step forward as needed. If someone can’t carry weight on one shoulder, they can switch to a one-shoulder or belt style for their holsters. If someone can’t comfortably wear a rigid belt, they can switch to a utility vest. 

Provide Incentives for Proper Attire

Finally, don’t forget to reward team members who are in uniform. Especially, when dealing with groups of new hires and trainees. A small perk for being properly attired before starting a shift is enough to remind and motivate most new employees to dress for success and get right before breakfast bagels or whatever your chosen perk.