PPE - Personal Protective Equipment (Infographic)

PPE - Personal Protective Equipment (Infographic)

Posted on Dec 28, 2016

PPE - Personal Protective Equipment (Infographic)



As an employer, it's your responsibility concerning the provision and use of personal protective equipment (PPE) at work.

Making the workplace safe includes you providing instructions, implementing procedures, giving appropriate training and supervision to encourage people to work safely and responsibly.

#flicktip - When selecting and using PPE, you and your employees should ask yourselves the following: who is exposed and to what? how long are they exposed for? how much are they exposed to?


1. Eye hazards

Typical examples of eye hazards in your workplace may include:

chemical splashes, metal splashes, metal fragments, dust, projectiles, gas, vapour and radiation.


  • Safety glasses
  • Goggles
  • Face screens
  • Face shields
  • Visors


#flicktip - make sure the eye protection you have chosen provides the right combination of impact/dust/splash/molten metal eye protection for the task, and that it fits the user properly!


2. Face & neck hazards

Face and neck hazards in your organisation may look something like this:

impact from falling, impact from flying objects, climate or temperature, risk of head bumping, hair getting caught and tangled in machinery, chemical drips, chemical splashes and metal fragments.


  • Industrial safety helmets
  • Firefighters' helmets
  • Hairnets
  • Bump caps
  • Welders scarf

#flicktip - Replace head protection if it is damaged.


3. Ear hazards

Examples of noise hazards in your workplace may include:

a combination of sound level and duration of exposure. Very high-level sounds are a hazard even with short duration.


  • Earplugs
  • Earmuffs
  • Semi-insert caps
  • Canal caps

#flicktip - Choose protective equipment that not only reduces noise to an acceptable level, but also allows for safe communication.


4. Hand & arm hazards

Hazards relating to hands and arms can include:

abrasions, temperature extremes (both hot and cold), cuts and punctures, impact, chemicals, electric shock, radiation, vibration, biological agents and prolonged immersion in water.


  • Gloves
  • Gloves with cuffs
  • Gauntlet gloves
  • Sleeves
  • Welders scarf

#flicktip - Wearing gloves for long periods of time can make the skin hot and sweaty, leading to skin problems. Using cotton inner gloves can help prevent this and help keep those mitts soft.


5. Lung hazards

Examples of lung hazards may include:

oxygen-deficient atmospheres, chemicals, fumes, dusts, gases and vapours.


  • Respiratory protective equipment (RPE)
  • Filtering facepieces
  • Self-contained breathing apparatus
  • Respirators

#flicktip - Don't forget - filters have only a limited life, and must be replaced often (and in line with manufacturer's advice).


6. Feet & leg hazards

Feet and leg hazards in your workplace may include the following:

wet, hot or cold conditions and environments, cuts, punctures, electrostatic build-up, slipping, falling objects, heavy loads, metal and chemical splash, tools, machinery and vehicles.


  • Waders
  • Steel toecap boots
  • Hairnets
  • Bump caps
  • Mid-sole wellington boots

#flicktip - Footwear can have a variety of materials and sole patterns to help prevent slips in different conditions such as oil - or chemical-resistant soles. It can also be anti-static, electrically conductive or thermally insulating.


7. Body hazards

Examples of body hazards in your workplace may include the following:

heat, chemical, or metal splash, spray from pressure leaks or spray guns, contaminated dust, impact and entanglement of own clothing.


  • Disposable overalls
  • Conventional overalls
  • Safety harnesses
  • Chemical suits
  • Life jackets
  • Aprons

#flicktip - Material choices for the above options can include flame-retardant, anti-static, chain mail and high-visibility.


Other advice on PPE

Never allow exemptions from wearing PPE for those jobs that ‘only take a few minutes' Check with your supplier on what PPE is appropriate – explain the job to them If in doubt, seek further advice from a specialist adviser.


Staff Training

flick’s PPE training can be completed as a stand-alone topic, or as part of our full Health and Safety course. The very best bit? When you register with flick, you get access to every single course we include in our subscription – and lots of extra resources too!


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