Health and Safety requires employees to undertake suitable and sufficient risk assessments; part of a risk assessors duties will include assessing the use of personal protective equipment used by employees and contractors etc.
Personal Protective Equipment protects workers from injury or sickness caused by their work activities where other controls have not been available. Employers have basic duties concerning the provision and use of PPE at work.
PPE is generally defined as 'all equipment (including clothing affording protection against the weather) which is intended to be worn or held by a person at work and which protects him against one or more risks to his health or safety', eg safety helmets, gloves, eye protection, highvisibility clothing, safety footwear and safety harnesses.
PPE should be considered as a 'last resort' when other control measures have been considered and either implemented or proven to be ineffective. There is a recognized hierarchy of controls within Health and Safety which shows that other controls must be considered before the control of personal protective equipment.
The hierarchy has six categories as follows:
1. Eliminate hazard at source, e.g.
2. Reduce hazard at source, e.g.
3. Remove person from hazard, e.g.
4. Contain hazard by enclosure, e.g.
5. Reduce employee exposure, e.g.
6. Personal protective equipment (PPE), e.g.
TIRA's Personal Protective Equipment risk assessment guides the the risk assessor through the Personal Protective Equipment risk assessment ensuring the risk assessment is undertaken in a plan and systematic way.
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