Personal protective equipment (PPE) is any equipment that a worker wears or holds to protect them against any health and safety risks. These can include safety helmets, gloves, eye protection, high-visibility clothing, safety footwear and safety harnesses.
You must provide your employees with PPE where necessary.
What law applies?
You must make sure employees use PPE wherever there are risks that can't be effectively controlled using other control measures. You have a legal responsibility to ensure that PPE is:
should tell you whether you need to provide PPE. You should first consider whether you can reduce health and safety risks using other suitable control measures.
When assessing whether PPE is suitable, you need to consider:
Ensure any PPE you buy is marked with 'CE' — this means that it obeys certain basic legal safety requirements and in some cases will have been tested and certified by an independent body.
To choose the right type of PPE for your employees, you should speak to your supplier.
Train and instruct people on how and why to use it properly. Regularly check that employees are using PPE. You also need to tell them when it needs to be repaired or replaced.
Ensure that the PPE is clean and in good condition, following the manufacturer's advice. When it's not being used, it should be properly stored away.
Also ensure that suitable replacement PPE is always readily available.