In the latest of a slew of worker surveys, the health and safety software-as-a-service (SAAS) company Protecting.co.uk has found that four out of 10 workers would refuse to work if employers do not provide personal protection equipment (PPE) as part of Covid-19 safety measures.
The same poll found that 30 per cent would be willing to resign over the issue.
Spokesman Mark Hall commented: “It’s concerning that after months of lockdown and social distancing, the majority of people wouldn’t bat an eyelid at not being given PPE. Health and safety is the most important aspect of any workplace, and it’s alarming to hear that over half of all workers would happily return to work despite knowing that their employer hasn’t provided PPE for their safety during this pandemic.
“No one should work in an environment that hasn’t been made safe for them to work in, and no one should be made to feel like their health is not important.”
Hall believes the safety guidelines put in place by the government need to be made into law, so that there is no leeway for employers to fail to provide protective equipment.
"Employers should be the ones to pay to provide PPE, and all employees and customers should be forced to wear it. It needs to be a group effort with everyone working to stop the spread," Hall said.