Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is one of those things often talked about in businesses and organisations but do we REALLY need it or is it just Health and Safety gone mad? TL Safety give us some fantastic advice!
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) should always be used as the last control measure to protect you from a hazard in the workplace. The following controls should be considered first:-
With the correct control measures in place and provided they are followed it may be that PPE will not be needed.
You should complete a risk assessment for any activity that is carried out in the workplace. If you have 5 or more employees you need to record your findings and in all cases inform your workers about the hazards associate with the work and the controls you have put in place.
Following a risk assessment and where there is a potential for any of these control measures to fail then PPE should be used as the last line of defence to protect a worker.
It is therefore paramount to the safety of the worker that the PPE is suitable and sufficient in order for it to be effective. Consideration should be given to the following although this list is not exhaustive.
You can get further advice about PPE from a supplier such as LG Supplies
You can obtain more detailed advice from a n Occupational Health and Safety Advisor such as TL Safety
You can obtain details about the PPE Regulations in the HSE publication L25 available free at http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books/l25.htm
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