Employers are responsible for 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, safety harnesses and respiratory protective equipment (RPE).
PPE must be properly looked after and stored when not in use. Employees must make proper use of PPE and report if it has been lost, destroyed or if any fault is found. Safety signs and posters can prove a useful reminder that PPE should be worn during specific tasks or in specific locations. Take note of any changes in equipment, materials or methods – you may need to update your signs accordingly.