What is PPE?
PPE is equipment which will protect the user or wearer against health or safety risks at work. By law, PPE must be provided to employees free of charge. The main regulations governing the use of PPE in the workplace are the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulation 1992 and the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
PPE is typically used to reduce the risks in a number of scenarios, including protecting
- the lungs from inhaling contaminated air
- the body from extremes of temperature
- the skin from harmful substances
- the eyes from flying particles
- the head from falling objects or materials