Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Employers have duties concerning the provision and use of personal protective equipment (PPE) at work.

PPE is equipment that will protect the user against health or safety risks at work. It can include items such as safety helmets, gloves, eye protection, high-visibility clothing, safety footwear and safety harnesses. It also includes respiratory protective equipment (RPE).


Making the workplace safe includes providing instructions, procedures, training and supervision to encourage people to work safely and responsibly.


Even where engineering controls and safe systems of work have been applied, some hazards might remain. These include injuries to:

PPE is needed in these cases to reduce the risk.


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