5 questions employers should be able to answer about PPE
Employers have the obligation to provide their employees with personal protective equipment (PPE) that is suitable for the tasks they perform. However, there are a number of questions which employers should be able to answer perfectly when creating a prevention plan for their business.
1. What is PPE?
PPE is equipment that employees need to wear in order to provide satisfactory protection against risks that may endanger their health or safety.
2. When should I provide PPE?
PPE should always be provided when an evaluation of existing risks shows that they cannot be prevented by collective protective measures or by work organisation procedures.
3. What PPE should I choose?
Items of PPE should always bear the CE mark and come with a leaflet containing information on their correct use and maintenance.
Their use should never cause unnecessary discomfort for employees and should offer effective protection against the risks for which they are used.
4. How should I inform employees?
Before the use of PPE, employers have the obligations to inform their workers and provide training on the risks they are being protected against and the times that the equipment is to be worn. This training should include instructions from the manufacturer on the correct form of use and maintenance for the equipment.
Workers should be trained in:
- How to properly use and maintain their PPE.
- Where it is kept after use.
- Reporting any defects observed in the PPE as soon as possible.
5. How do I monitor the use of PPE?
In order to correctly monitor the use, maintenance and replacement of PPE is it essential to keep an updated record containing the details of all users and the equipment issued to them.