Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 Act requires that personal protective equipment provided for use at work must be made to an appropriate standard and must be CE marked.
What is PPE?
PPE includes all the items of essential clothing that is needed to complete tasks on a farm. The items considered PPE include, coveralls, wet weather-clothing, footwear, gloves, safety helmets, and eye and hearing protection. Also included as part of PPE is respiratory protective equipment (RPE).
PPE on its own is not the be all and end all of ensuring protection of personal. Of course the correct PPE must be worn, but it is only part of the process that needs to be taken. PPE should only be the final consideration after all other reasonably practicable measures have been taken.
How to correctly select the right PPE
When selecting PPE for a task, you should involve your employees themselves in the process of selecting the measures to be taken in protecting them. This is because they will often have the detailed knowledge of the work and how it has to be done and this will help ensure the correct equipment and procedures are followed.
PPE should always be CE marked, effective and give adequate protection against any hazards during the work. It is important that it is easily available for use, comfortable to wear, fits correctly, is correct for the task and environment and does not prevent the job being done. Employees also need to be given information, instruction and training on the use of PPE before carrying out any tasks.
Importantly to note is that PPE needs to always be checked before use and cleaned, maintained and stored in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
Below is a table showing the hazards to various parts of the body and the PPE options available:
|Protection of…||Hazards||PPE Options|
|Eyes||chemical splash, dust, projectiles, gas and vapour, radiation||safety spectacles, goggles, face shields, visors|
|Head||impact from falling or flying objects, risk of head bumping, hair entanglement.||a range of helmets and bump caps|
|Breathing||dust, vapour, gas, oxygen-deficient atmospheres||disposable filtering face piece or respirator, half- or full-face respirators, air-fed helmets, breathing apparatus|
|Torso||adverse weather, chemical splash, spray from spray guns, impact or penetration, contaminated dust, excessive wear or entanglement of own clothing.||conventional or disposable overalls, boiler suits, specialist protective clothing, e.g. high-visibility clothing.|
|Hands and arms||cuts and punctures, chemicals, electric shock, skin infection, disease or contamination.||gloves, gauntlets, mitts, wrist cuffs, armlets.|
|Feet and legs||wet, slipping, cuts and punctures, falling objects, chemical splash, abrasion||safety boots and shoes with protective toe caps and penetration-resistant mid-sole, gaiters, leggings, spats.|
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