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