FAQ: Personal Protective Equipment

Posted on August 27th 2019 by Rebecca Brophy.

What does PPE stand for?

PPE stands for Personal Protective Equipment. PPE is any item that has been designed to protect a worker from harm whilst in the workplace. PPE helps protect the user against health and safety hazards.

What are the types of PPE?

The types of PPE can be broken down into 7 categories: Eyes, Lungs, Head and Neck, Ears, Hands and Arms, Feet and Legs, and Whole Body. There is a wide range of PPE equipment that can be used, and all needs to be stored and handled correctly and safely.

Why is PPE important?

It is extremely important to wear Personal Protective Equipment whilst in the workplace, as this will help to protect the user against hazards. When hazards can’t be removed entirely, PPE is used to reduce the risk.

Do employers have to provide PPE?

Every employer is required by law to provide PPE and training in the use of PPE for their employees where they may be exposed to hazards or risks whilst working.

Do you have to wear PPE by law?

PPE is required to be provided by employers and worn by employees by law, employees can refuse to wear PPE due to medical or religious reasons, however, if alternative PPE can be provided it must be worn. If a job requires PPE and an alternative is found but the employee refuses to wear it, they can be dismissed.

How to store PPE?

PPE is important equipment and must be maintained and stored properly. Storing PPE equipment correctly saves lives, time and money.

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