Some sites have PPE policies or rules where you must use and wear head, eye and hand protection. This is because site workers and visitors can be exposed to a variety of hazards and risks, which can change daily and can be outside the control of the employer or site management.
On most sites you can only take off PPE when you are in a safe area (such as the site office or welfare compound).
Some common examples of PPE are listed below.
- Safety helmets (hard hats).
- Safety footwear.
- High-visibility clothing.
- Safety glasses (low-impact eye protection).
There are times when you will need to wear other extra PPE, as identified in the following circumstances.
- From site rules or site induction.
- Instructions from your supervisor or employer.
- As a result of a risk assessment or a direction in a method statement.
- As directed by signs and notices.
Other task-specific PPE is listed below.
- Impact-resistant eye protection (for example, safety goggles when using a disc cutter).
- Ear defenders (muffs) or earplugs.
- Safety harnesses and lanyards.
- Knee pads and overalls.
- Wet and cold weather clothing.
- Lifejackets or buoyancy aids.
Task-specific RPE includes half or full mask respirators.
Your employer must provide the PPE, but you must be responsible for it and for wearing it properly.
- Take care of your PPE (keep it clean and inspect it regularly).
- Use your PPE as instructed.
- Stop work and report any lost or damaged PPE to your supervisor.
- Do not work without it where it is needed.