Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Includes clothing, equipment and substances (e.g. sunscreen) designed

  • to be worn by a person
  • to protect the person from risks of injury or disease.

PPE is only to be used in the workplace where it is not reasonably practicable to control hazards at the workplace by other means.

The following list itemises parts of the body for which personal protective equipment is commonly used, and some common sources of risk which may be controlled by PPE.

  • Whole of body - UltraViolet (UV), flying wood chips, sparks
  • Head- falling objects, striking objects
  • Face - flying wood chips, sparks, UV
  • Eyes - flying wood chips, sparks, UV, bright lights
  • Hearing - excessive noise
  • Respiratory - dust, fumes, vapours
  • Hands - abrasion, sparks, irritant substances, vibration
  • Knees - shock, abrasion
  • Feets - crushing, slipping, abrasion, irritant substances, wetness, electric shock, static electricity, puncture, cold/heat

Most codes of practice include information on PPE. Please refer to the codes of practice for more specific information.