Wearing appropriate personal protective equipment at work is not only a good idea; it’s also the law, according to the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992. So, what exactly does it include? PPE, such as safety helmets, gloves, eye protection, high visibility clothing, footwear, and safety harnesses, is defined as all equipment, which is intended to be worn or held by a person at work and protects him against one or more risks to his health or safety.
These PPE Regulations do not cover earplugs and breathing apparatus, but they have their own set of rules, so don’t disregard them simply because they aren’t on the PPE list. Hearing and respiratory protection must be compatible with the PPE you do employ. For example, hard hats must fit ear protectors without diminishing the level of protection provided by either item. Personal protective equipment must be provided and used at work whenever there are hazards to health and safety that cannot be satisfactorily handled in other ways, according to the PPE at Work Regulations 1992.
PPE must also go through a thorough assessment process to verify that it is suitable for the purpose, that a maintenance and storage mechanism is in place, that safe usage information is provided where necessary, and that right usage is monitored, according to the PPE at Work Regulations. Consider the threats that your business processes may pose while selecting the appropriate PPE for your workplace.
This will allow you to determine which types of PPE are suitable for protecting against the hazard and performing the work. Don’t be scared to ask your provider for help. They know which items work best in various situations based on their previous experience. It may be essential to obtain counsel from a third party in some unusual circumstances. In this case, the British Safety Industry Federation could be a valuable ally.