That might seem a simple question, but the answer is perhaps not as straightforward as you might imagine. This short article details what is, and what isn’t classed as Personal Protective Equipment, or PPE.
PPE includes head protection, such as helmets and hard hats, hand protection (including safety gloves) and also ear, eye and respiratory protection, including ear defenders, safety glasses and goggles, face-masks and respirators. High visibility (high viz) clothing and fall arrest harnesses are also classed as PPE. PPE also includes safety footwear such as safety boots, safety shoes and trainers.
Ensure that your PPE is sourced from a reputable supplier and that it carries EU 2016/425 markings. This is European-wide safety legislation that came into force this year, replacing PPE Directive 89/686/EEC. If you ignore these quality marks, be aware that, as well as potentially putting workers at risk of injury, you could be invalidating insurances, as well as breaking the law.
PPE doesn’t include workwear i.e. ordinary work clothing, no matter how rugged it might be. It also doesn’t include equipment used to protect cyclists and motorcyclists, including helmets and protective clothing.
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