If you work in a manual handling job, the chances are you are aware of the different equipment available and that you may have to wear to protect yourself when doing certain aspects of your job.Tjhis equipment us there to protect you against health & safety risks at work- hense the name! (Personal Protective Equipment)
As an employer its your duty to provide your employees with correct PPE while at work. To ensure that risks whilst using potentially hazardous equipment are minimised.
As an employer you have the responsibility to look at ways of controlling risks without resorting to PPE. This means that you should run a risk assessment in the workplace to identify hazards, and to consider first whether this hazard could be mitigated without the use of PPE.
For example, if you are working with a substance that requires you to cover your skin, could that substance be replaced with a non-hazardous one? Or if you are required to use PPE because of a danger a machine poses, can this machine have any safety features added which would mean you do not have to use PPE?
Employers are to carry out a risk assessment using the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)’s online tool. If they complete this assessment and find that there are some hazards in the workplace that cannot be mitigated, then following this PPE can be used.
The type of PPE used will depend on the type of work you are doing and the equipment you are using.
If you are to be exposed to an unavoidable high level of sound during your work, earplugs or earmuffs may be provided. If you are regularly at risk from bumping your head or having objects fall, industrial safety helmets and bump caps may be provided. You can find types of PPE on our online shop!
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