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The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulation's 1992 lay down the requirements for employers with regard to the provision, use and maintenance of person protective equipment (PPE) in the workplace. PPE may be eye, head and foot protection, high visibility clothing, life jackets etc.
PPE should only be used as a last resort, other systems of work or guards etc must be used before PPE.
When deciding about PPE ask the supplier, your trade association or the manufacturer.
It is important that employees know why they need PPE and are trained to use it correctly. Otherwise it is unlikely to protect as required. Ask yourself;
When employees find PPE comfortable they are far more likely to wear it.
When it is used, employers must consider the following:
Personal protective equipment at work (Second edition). L25. ISBN 9780717661398
Respiratory protective equipment (RPE)
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