What is PPE?

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is designed to protect the wearer from one or more hazards and comes in many forms – clothing, gloves, eye protection, head protection, face masks, fall arrest equipment etc.

PPE should only be considered as a last resort when considering how to manage and control a hazard, after risk assessment.


Must ensure:

•  Suitable PPE is provided to their employees who may be exposed to health and safety risk at work.

•  PPE is suitable, maintained and stored correctly.

•  Employees have the information, instruction and training on how to use PPE.

Must ensure:

•  They use PPE as instructed.

•  They report any defects to their PPE.

•  They report any discomfort they experience when wearing their PPE.