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Person Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • Person Protective Equipment (PPE)

    Overview This talk will cover: the measures necessary to ensure that the use of PPE is effective.

    What is PPE?

    1 PPE is equipment or clothing worn to protect the user from known hazards in the workplace.
    2 In construction, the commonly worn items of PPE are safety helmets and safety footwear.
    3 Other examples of PPE are respirators, safety harnesses, ear-plugs, safety goggles, protective gloves and some clothing.


    1 PPE will only protect the user.
    2 It must be used in accordance with the manufacture’s instructions: do not misuse PPE.
    3 The actual level of effectiveness is difficult to assess.
    4 It must be in good condition to be fully effective: do not mistreat PPE, your health or life might depend on it.

    What your employer must do

    1 Assess the risks to employee’s health and safety arising from the work activities.
    2 Try to organise work activities so that PPE is not necessary.
    3 Where PPE is necessary, select appropriate items that suit the wearer and are made to the required standard.
    4 To supply employees with the necessary PPE at no cost.
    5 Train employees to use it, and explain its limitations where this is necessary.
    6 Ensure compatibility if more than one item of PPE is worn.
    7 Ensure that PPE is maintained where appropriate.
    8 Replace defective or lost PPE, at no cost to the user.

    What you must do

    1 Use PPE in accordance with instructions and training given.
    2 Return PPE to its accommodation, where provided, after use.
    3 Take reasonable care of your PPE and report its loss or defects to your employer.
    4 Not work without PPE when it is known to be necessary.

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