Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) must be used when there are risks to health and safety that cannot be adequately controlled in other ways

The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations defines PPE as “all equipment (including clothing affording protection against weather), which is intended to be worn or held by a person at work and which protects him against one or more risks to his health and safety”.

The main requirement of the regulations is that PPE is supplied and used whenever there are risks to health and safety that cannot be adequately controlled in other ways. Because PPE may not be used properly, it should always be considered as the last resort and only used when other precautions cannot adequately reduce the risk of injury. Test yourself to see if you can decide what PPE is required.

To allow the right type of PPE to be chosen, the different hazards in the workplace need to be considered carefully. The following factors should be considered:

Make sure that the wearer is aware of why PPE is needed, when it is to be used, repaired or replaced and its limitations. Instruct, train and supervise its use. ask  are able to provide guidance on appropriate PPE for a range of regular work activities.

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