In the UK there are approximately 144 fatalities in the workplace and around 621,000 non-fatal injuries every year. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) plays a vital role in managing Health & Safety risks. However, historical data shows many workers suffering injury were not wearing this clothing. This course will show how wearing PPE plays a crucial role in preventing and reducing fatalities, injuries and diseases that would otherwise occur in the workplace. It includes details of a wide range of PPE options, examines the legislation and regulations that govern the responsibilities of employers, employees and suppliers, and provides a real-life case study showing the law in action. The course will also cover risk assessment and the role it plays in the selection and use of PPE along with discussing other hazard control measures that can be implemented.
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
• Understand the legislation surrounding the use of PPE, legal obligations and the safety standards that need to be met for PPE to be effective and safe to use.
• Recognising the PPE is the last choice in the hierarchy of control and must only be used when stated as appropriate in risk assessments.
• Evaluate the different types of PPE, state where it provides protection and understand that PPE can be used in combination as 3 or 5 point protection.
• Demonstrate an understanding for good maintenance and the need for replacement of PPE.
• Create effective methods to ensure broken or PPE that needs maintaining is not used.