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The Cost of Not Wearing PPE: Understanding the Risks and Consequences

by Kate Grigorenko on May 21, 2023

There's no doubt that wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) is a pain. It's hot, it gets in the way, and your coworkers will make fun of you if they see you putting on a hard hat or goggles. But the cost of not wearing PPE can be much worse than having to put up with an annoying hat or pair of gloves. In fact, it could end up costing you one of your most important assets: your health. That’s right; not wearing PPE has serious consequences that go beyond just getting injured or having an accident on the job site.

The Cost of Not Wearing PPE: Understanding the Risks and Consequences


PPE stands for Personal Protective Equipment. In the world of construction, the word "personal" means that each worker has their own PPE to wear and use on their own body – it's not shared with others in their workgroup.

The purpose of PPE is to protect your body from hazards like injuries or illnesses caused by exposure to chemicals, dusts, gases and other substances that could cause harm if they come into contact with your skin or lungs (or other organs) while you're working.

There are many different types of PPE depending on what kind of risk you're facing: eye protection; hearing protection; respiratory masks/respirators; gloves; hard hats; fall protection harnesses/harnesses/suspenders etc...


  • Accidents can result in lost time from work.
  • Accidents can result in injury, illness or death.
  • Accidents can result in loss of property (your own and the property of others).
  • Legal action may be taken against you if an accident occurs and someone is injured or killed as a result, even if it wasn't your fault. This could include lawsuits for negligence or wrongful death that could cost thousands of dollars in legal fees alone – not to mention any fines levied by the courts! It's also possible that your employer could terminate your employment based on their company policies regarding safety violations at work sites; this would mean losing not only income but also healthcare benefits like health insurance coverage through COBRA programs offered by many employers today. If someone else sees what happened during their visit here today then they might think less highly about our business because we weren't doing everything possible
The Cost of Not Wearing PPE: Understanding the Risks and Consequences

Mental Health

The most common mental health risks associated with PPE not being worn are stress, anxiety and depression. Stress can be caused by a variety of factors, including the physical and emotional toll of working in an environment where you're at risk for injury or illness due to lack of proper protection. Anxiety is another common symptom for workers who are exposed to hazards without appropriate PPE because they worry about their own well-being – and that of their coworkers as well. Depression often follows on the heels of these two conditions; it's a natural response to feeling stressed out about work conditions that put your life in danger every day. Finally, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has been linked with exposure to workplace hazards like those discussed here: PTSD occurs when someone experiences trauma over time through repeated exposure without adequate protection from harm's way

Financial Costs

  • Medical Care

When an employee is injured on the job, medical costs can be significant. They include:

  • Emergency room visits and treatment for injuries sustained during an accident;
  • Inpatient hospitalization for serious injuries;
  • Physician services; and
  • Prescription medications.

Understanding The Risks And Consequences Of Not Wearing PPE Can Help You Make Better Decisions About Your Safety

The first step to understanding the risks and consequences of not wearing PPE is to define what it is.

PPE stands for personal protective equipment, and it's any device that you wear or use to protect yourself from workplace hazards. This can include:

  • Gloves (like those worn by chefs)
  • Hard hats
Understanding The Risks And Consequences Of Not Wearing PPE Can Help You Make Better Decisions About Your Safety

We hope you've found this guide helpful. We know that the decision to wear PPE is not always easy, but it's worth considering the risks and consequences of not doing so. If you have any questions about the information in this post or need more resources on proper safety gear, please contact us at PPE supplier.