Types of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

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The term personal protective equipment, or simply PPE, refers to a large group of products designed to protect workers from workplace hazards.

PPE is used in environments in which all hazards have not been designed out of processes.  A risk assessment should always be carried out before PPE is chosen and work commences.

Personal Protective Equipment is defined in the Regulations as ‘all equipment (including clothing affording protection against the weather) which is intended to be worn or held by a person at work and which protects him against one or more risks to his health or safety’ e.g. safety helmets, gloves, eye protection, high-visibility clothing, safety footwear and safety harnesses.

The Regulations referred to above cover personal protective equipment.  However, hearing protection and respiratory protection are covered by specific Regulations.

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Types of Personal Protective Equipment

Head Protection

Head Protection
  • Hard hats
  • Helmets
  • Bump Caps
  • Guards
  • Accessories

Hand Protection

Hand Protection
  • Work gloves
  • Chemical Hazard
  • Mechanical Hazard
  • Specialist Hand Protection
  • Thermal Hazard

Eye and Face Protection

Eye and Face Protection
  • Safety glasses
  • Eye shields
  • Over specs
  • Eye wear accessories
  • Face shields
  • Visors
  • Safety goggles

Breathing Apparatus

Breathing Apparatus
  • Escape sets
  • Working sets

Protective Clothing

Protective Clothing
  • Chemical
  • Hi-vizibility clothing
  • FE clothing
  • Weather wear
  • Workwear

Foot Protection

Foot Protection
  • Safety footwear
  • Food Industry Footwear
  • ESD Footwear

Hearing Protection (Covered by Specific Regulations)

Hearing Protection
  • Ear defenders
  • Ear plugs
  • Communications sets
  • Noise meters
  • Acoustic foam

Respiratory Protection (covered by specific Regulations)

Respiratory Protection
  • Filter respirators
  • Lightweight respirators
  • Powered respirators
  • Detectors
  • Monitors

Fall Management Equipment

Fall Management Equipment
  • Safety harnesses
  • Fall arresters
  • Elbow and wrist supports
  • Back supports

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