PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) FAQs & Resources

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PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) FAQs

Why do I need PPE?

PPE is equipment that is designed to minimise the risk of injury. Some of the possible types of PPE are; boots, hard hats, gloves, high visibility clothing, work wear and face masks.

Do employers have to provide PPE?

Regulation 4 of the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 states that suitable PPE has to be provided to employees when they are exposed to a risk to their health and safety at work. Unless the risk is adequately controlled by other means which are just as effective. 

What is suitable head protection?

Suitable head protection must be:

  • in good condition
  • not interfere with other equipment like head protectors
  • be worn properly (the way it is intended)
  • fit the person wearing it
  • be from a reputable brand and not fake

What do I do if someone refuses to wear PPE?

If it not for a religious or medical reason, all employers should use PPE safely and properly. If a worker will not wear their PPE it can be considered gross misconduct and dismissal can be allowed, provided that there is a clause that states wearing PPE is mandatory. As an employer, you should try to let employees pick equipment that is both comfortable for them and fits properly to ensure that they do wear it at all times. 

What do I do if the PPE my employer has provided is damaged or inadequate?

Employers have to, under law, provide equipment that is fit for purpose and undamaged. If damaged or inadequate, employees have the right to ask the employer for new equipment to replace the damaged one. 

Are there religious exemptions from some types of PPE?

Yes there is some exemption for some religious groups. Section 11(1) of the Employment Act 1989 exempts turban-wearing Sikhs from a legal requirement to wear a safety helmet in a workplace. This can include a construction site.

Are there safety signs relating to PPE?

Yes, when entering a workplace there should be blue mandatory signs saying which PPE is required and the warning signs. 

FAQs regarding our PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) Course

What legislation is relevant to this course?

PPE itself has its own legislation, The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 is relevant to this training course.

How long is this course?

This course is a 35-minute course.

What devices is this course available from?

Our courses can be completed on a range of devices, they’re compatible with Desktops, laptops, mobile phones, iPads and other tablets

What approvals does this course have?

This course is CPD Accredited,, IOSH Approved and RoSPA Approved.

How long is my certificate valid for?

It is up to the training administrator of the employee as to when training needs to be refreshed. However, to stay up-to-date with legislation, we recommend that training should be renewed every year.

Documents and resources

  • Employer’s PPE Checklist

    This checklist is for employers. It will help you check that each member of staff has the correct PPE for their role. The checklist is to make sure that there is nothing that you (as an employer) have forgotten. This document is for your records.

  • Face Masks & Respirators

    A useful resource including the dos, don’ts and step-by-steps for donning and doffing. This PDF is useful for anyone who has to wear a face mask as part of their work.

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