Personal protective equipment (PPE)
Personal protective equipment, or PPE, are items such as hard hats, gloves, eye protection, safety footwear, high-visibility clothing and harnesses that protect the user against health and safety risks at work. PPE should only be used as a last resort when risks cannot be adequately controlled.
Under the Health & Safety At Work Act, employers aren’t allowed to charge for PPE. The employer must also make sure that the employee has adequate training and information in the use of the PPE provided to them and that they have selected suitable PPE for their workers. Employers must make sure all PPE is maintained correctly and replace anything that cannot be repaired.
Employees also have duties when it comes to PPE. If a risk assessment has deemed it mandatory, then they must wear PPE when it is necessary to. Employees must also report any faults in their PPE to their employers as soon as they spot them.