Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is equipment that protects the wearer from any potential health or safety risks they might encounter while doing their job.
Under the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992, it’s a business owner’s duty to provide PPE to their employees wherever needed.
The PPE Regulations also say that when you provide protective equipment to your employees, it must be free of charge, in good condition, stored properly and everyone must be trained in how to properly use it.
Why is PPE important?
When it comes to managing Health & Safety in your organisation, PPE is critical. Why? Because even when you’ve introduced controls, guards and safe systems of work, some hazards can remain.
Legally, PPE is seen as a last resort. It should only be used when other safety controls can’t fully protect an employee from a risk they may be exposed to when doing their job. The regulations themselves state:
"Every employer shall ensure that suitable personal protective equipment is provided to his employees who may be exposed to a risk to their health or safety while at work except where and to the extent that such risk has been adequately controlled by other means which are equally or more effective."
How to select the correct PPE
There are a couple of considerations you need to make when introducing PPE into the workplace. First, you need to establish who is exposed to risk, and the exact kind of risk they might be exposed to. Some examples include (but aren't limited to):
When selecting PPE for your employees, and training them on how to use it, there are a few important things to keep in mind:
You need to make sure that you and your people look after their PPE properly. That means that if it's not in use, it has to be stored properly. If it's a reusable piece of equipment, then training everyone on how to properly clean and look after it is also a great idea.
Some important things to think about when it comes to maintaining your PPE are:
How can Citation help?
PPE is there to keep your employees safe and keep you compliant with all the legal obligations on you as a business owner. When you choose to work with Citation, we can help to make the process of deciding when and where to use PPE much less complicated and time-consuming.
We can help you to complete risk assessments on the different tasks involved in your business, putting the right PPE measures in place, the proper methods of accident reporting and so much more. Think of our team of qualified experts as an extension of your team, here to make your life easier and your business safer.
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