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Follow these five rules when using PPE to control risks in your workplace

by , 29 April 2014
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is one of the best ways to control risks and protect your employees from harm. PPE helps you to reduce your employees' chances of injuries and workplace incidents. But it's important that you stick to the following five rules when using PPE to control risks in your workplace.

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For PPE to be effective, you need to make sure you follow these five rules

Rule #1: Choose the right type of PPE to reduce the effects of the hazard (i.e. giving an employee a dust mask offers no protection against fumes), says the Health & Safety Advisor.

Rule #2: Make sure the PPE fits your employees so they'll be well protected.

For example, don't overlook the fact that a mask that's suitable for male employees may not be suitable for female employees with a small facial bone structure.

Rule #3: Train employees on how to use PPE properly, how to clean it and how to store it.

Be sure to check out this article. It contains your employees' duties when it comes to PPE.

Rule #4: Never allow employees to work without the appropriate PPE used correctly.

Rule #5: Have a documented procedure for issuing and replacing PPE.

But that's not all you need to know about using PPE to control risks…


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When using PPE to control risks, make sure you monitor its effectiveness as a risk control measure

You must monitor the effectiveness of the PPE as a risk control measure.

For example, you may find that gloves made of plastic aren't effective in reducing hand injuries. And you may have to introduce gloves that are a lot stronger.

It's also important to keep records of the processes you've used to determine and implement PPE as a risk control measure.

This will provide proof you've done what's reasonably practical when implementing risk controls (in this case using PPE to control risks).

There you have it. Following these five rules will help ensure you effectively control risks with PPE.

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