PPE and clothing are those items of equipment worn by a worker to minimise or eliminate exposure to specific occupational hazards.
The emphasis is always on eliminating the hazards, thereby making it unnecessary for workers to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). However, it is not always possible to eliminate the hazards, and PPE may be required to protect the worker from the consequences of exposure. For example, workers may be required to wear ear plugs to reduce the likelihood of deafness resulting from exposure to an excessively noisy environment. Workers in the meat industry are frequently required to wear PPE. In this case it is the employers responsibility to ensure PPE is:
- assigned to the worker for their exclusive use
- cleaned and maintained after use
- stored when not in use
- inspected and repaired regularly
- checked for continued functionality and effectiveness.
It is the supervisor’s responsibility to ensure training is provided as appropriate. Workers should receive training about:
- proper use of PPE
- the deficiencies and restrictions of PPE
- fitting PPE and how to test for fit
- use of PPE
- maintenance of PPE
- storage of PPE
- identification of faults in PPE
- procedures for replacing PPE.
Workers are responsible for:
- wearing PPE as instructed by the supervisor and as set out in the work instruction
- fitting PPE to ensure it is used to maximum benefit
- checking for any faults and replacing it if faulty
- following maintenance procedures as instructed by the supervisor and set out in work instructions
- storing PPE as instructed.
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