Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) is supplied to protect workers from residual risk remaining after the application of all other reasonably practicable control measures. Health and Safety Law requires that we consistently apply a strict and methodical approach to management of occupational health and safety risk.
This means that we must take all reasonable steps to eliminate and reduce risk before we consider use of PPE, and otherwise consider PPE as the ‘last resort’ precaution in protecting workers from risk of ill-health or injury. PPE only protects the person using or wearing it.
In practice, there are many work activities where use or wearing of some items of PPE is effectively mandatory (construction, health care, etc.). In all work situations it is important to maintain a proper focus on maintaining controls which protect the whole workforce and anyone else who may be at risk from our work activity.
Fife Council must make an appropriate assessment of need and suitability of PPE via Risk Assessment. The document below provides further information.