Personal Protective Equipment

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is equipment that will protect the user against health or safety risks at work. It can include items such as safety helmets, gloves, eye protection, high-visibility clothing, safety footwear and safety harnesses. It also includes respiratory protective equipment (RPE). It should be used as a last resort when the health and safety risks cannot be controlled adequately by any other means.

Personal Protective Equipment Procedure

When Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is used as a last resort, the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 (as amended) needs to be applied and the Personal Protective Equipment Procedure outlines these requirements.

Before selection of PPE an assessment must be undertaken to identify those risks for which it is required.  PPE Assessment Template should be used (under development)

A copy of the guidance on the PPE Regulations can be downloaded from the Health and Safety Executive website.

The PPE Regulations will not take precedence over more specific legislation that requires the use of PPE, for example, The Control of Lead at Work Regulations 2002, The Ionising Radiation Regulations 2017 (IRR17), The Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2006, The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (as amended) and The Noise at Work Regulations 2005.

Hazards and Types of PPE

In development

Respiratory Protective Equipment

In development