Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – The Basics

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – The Basics


Working in an environment where your health and safety is properly controlled is something every employee is entitled to in the workplace. Whether it is in a factory, office, and construction site or in a public place, health and safety should not be ignored. To ensure maximum safety whilst working, you should be wearing the appropriate attire such as high visibility clothing; hard hats or any other PPE (Personal Protective Equipment).

There are countless different workplace hazards, such as electricity, sources of heat, manual handling, machinery, trip hazards and so many more. It is quite obvious that these regulations have become an obligation for all workplaces to follow and why it is essential that the applicable equipment is a must for all employees!


What is the right equipment?

This all depends on what your job role includes, for example, in our industry a builder must have the following:

Head protection (hard hat) would protect them against head impact.

Eye protection (goggles) to ensure that wind or air movement won’t blow dust or particles into their eyes.

Hand protection (gloves) ultimately this will protect them from cuts, slivers, punctures or even electricity.

Foot protection (boots) they need them to protect them from the impact of falling or rolling objects, slippery or uneven surfaces, stepping on sharp objects and even electrical hazards.

Hearing protection (ear defenders) if they are working in a noisy environment, they will require these to protect them from excessive noise.

High visibility clothing (high vis vest) should the workers be working at night, or in low light, they should wear one.

Breathing protection (dust mask) in some scenarios, the builder may be working around potentially dangerous vapours or even just dust could be dangerous.

PPE used at a workplace must be:

  • selected to minimise risk to work health and safety
  • suitable for the nature of the work and any hazard associated with the work
  • a suitable size and fit and reasonably comfortable for the person wearing it
  • maintained, repaired or replaced so it continues to minimise the worker’s health and safety risk, and
  • used or worn by the worker, so far as is reasonably practicable.

If you have any questions about what PPE you should have please contact our office on 02 9630 5197


Source: Safe Work Australia

31 October 2017 Posted By : Marcelle Isaac 0 Comments
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