Protection against hazards at work is a legal requirement, and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) should always be the last resort in the hierarchy of protection, not the first.
If you do identify that PPE should be worn on site or for particular jobs, here are 5 important things to think about:
- PPE is a personal thing, so one size never fits all. Make sure you get the right size and right type of protective clothing for each person to ensure that it is not uncomfortable or in the way. You can’t work well or safely if your gloves are too big!
- Make sure that the PPE you ask people to use is suitable for the task. For example, goggles that mist up when doing the job are a danger.
- Make sure that people know how to use it, look after it and maintain it.
- Make sure visitors and contractors who work on site know that PPE is required. Put up signs to remind people and include PPE requirements in the site rules and site induction.
- Finally, because Personal Protective Equipment should suit each individual, make sure that those who will have to wear it share in any decisions you make.