It's critical to keep your employees safe at work and adhere to relevant regulations. Here are a few commonly asked questions relating to PPE.
Regulation 2016/425 of the 9th of March 2016 on personal protective equipment, is the design manufacture and marketing a personal protective equipment. It defines legal obligations to ensure that PPE on the EU international market provides the highest level of protection against risks.
PPE is equipment that will protect the user against health and safety risks at work. It could include items such as safety helmets, gloves, eye protection, high visibility clothing, safety footwear and safety harnesses. It also includes respiratory protective equipment.
Act 1974, section 7. This means they must follow safe systems of work on site rules required to protect the health and safety, including the compulsive use of personal protective equipment when deemed necessary through risk assessments, as required by the personal protective equipment at work regulations 1992.
A fundamental rule of thumb regarding PPE is that it should only be used as a last resort. All workplace risks should be identified and where sensible eliminated at source through technical or organisational means by providing protection on a collective basis (scaffolding instead of a harness).
If these measures are not sufficient, only then should PPE be used to protect against the hazards that are unavoidable.
The safety health and welfare at work act 2005, dictates that employers must supply PPE to employees were risk cannot be eliminated or adequately controlled. Employers cannot pass on to employees any financial costs associated with duties relating to safety, health and welfare at work. Unemployment may not ask for money to be paid to them by an employee for the provision of PPE whether returnable or otherwise.
Making the workplace safe includes providing instructions, procedures, training and supervision to encourage people to work safely and responsibly.
Even where engineering controls and safe systems of work have been applied, some hazards might remain. These include injuries to:
PPE is needed in these cases to reduce the risk.
It is the employers responsibility to maintain your PPE. PPE must be properly looked after and stored when not in use, e.g. in a dry, clean cupboard. If it is reusable it must be cleaned and kept in good condition.
It is however the employees responsibility to make proper use of PPE and report its loss or destruction or any fault in it.
Absolutely yes! Never not wear your PPE for a job that only takes a few minutes.
You can find out more at the HSE website.