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Personal protective equipment (PPE) is clothing, equipment or substances designed to be used by a person so as to minimise the risk of injury or illness.

PPE should be a consideration initially as a control measure where exposure to any risks are unable to be minimised by other means, or ideally when used in conjunction with other control measures as a final measure between you and the hazard. PPE does not control the hazard at the source.

PPE can include:

·         hearing protective devices, such as ear muffs and ear plugs
·         respirators
·         eye and face protection, such as goggles
·         gloves, boots safety headwear and clothing, for example high visibility jackets

  • Using PPE

    Make sure that:

    • personal protective equipment (PPE) is used in accordance with the manufacturers’ instructions
    • the PPE fits correctly
    • workers are instructed and trained in how to use it
    • appropriate signs should be displayed to remind workers where PPE must be worn

    Training should cover arrangements for the provision, correct use, storage and maintenance of PPE and should be done:

    • when new workers start work
    • when you get new PPE
    • to refresh workers’ memories from time to time

    Remember to keep a record of any training.

    Storing and maintaining PPE

    Personal protective equipment (PPE) should be stored in a clean and fully operational way. PPE needs to be checked regularly both during storage and use and should be easily accessible when needed.

    PPE should be maintained to ensure its continued effectiveness. As part of a maintenance program, identify and record:

    • maintenance duties and responsibilities
    • storage procedures
    • cleaning procedures
    • checking procedures
    • replacement criteria.
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