Personal Protective Equipment Risk Assessment
Health and Safety requires employees to undertake suitable and sufficient risk assessments; part of a risk assessors duties will include assessing the use of personal protective equipment used by employees and contractors etc.
Personal Protective Equipment protects workers from injury or sickness caused by their work activities where other controls have not been available. Employers have basic duties concerning the provision and use of PPE at work.
PPE is generally defined as 'all equipment (including clothing affording protection against the weather) which is intended to be worn or held by a person at work and which protects him against one or more risks to his health or safety', e.g. safety helmets, gloves, eye protection, high-visibility clothing, safety footwear and safety harnesses.
PPE should be considered as a 'last resort' when other control measures have been considered and either implemented or proven to be ineffective. There is a recognized hierarchy of controls within Health and Safety which shows that other controls must be considered before the control of personal protective equipment.
The hierarchy has six categories as follows:
1. Eliminate hazard at source, e.g.
•use a non-hazardous substance instead of a hazardous one
•stop using a noisy machine
2. Reduce hazard at source, e.g.
•use a substance less hazardous than the one used at present
•replace a noisy machine with a quieter one
3. Remove person from hazard, e.g.
•replace person with machine
•do not allow people to work near noisy machines
4. Contain hazard by enclosure, e.g.
•isolate the hazard
•put soundproofing round noisy machine
5. Reduce employee exposure, e.g.
•four people exposed for two hours each, not one person for eight hours applies to exposure to substances or noise
6. Personal protective equipment (PPE), e.g.
•gloves, eye protection for substances and ear defenders for noise
Personal Protective Equipment risk assessments should guide the risk assessor through the Personal Protective Equipment risk assessment ensuring the risk assessment is undertaken in a plan and systematic way.
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Risk Rating: TIRA uses typical occupational health and safety quantitative assessment ratings as shown in the following guidelines.
Likelihood Severity (consequences)
5. Almost Certain
2. Possible (under unfortunate circumstances)
4. Major Injury, resulting in disability
3. Injury Requires, Doctor’s or Hospital attendance
2. Minor Injury, 1st Aid required
1. Minor Injury, 1st Aid not required
TIRA's task inventory risk assessment guides the risk assessor through the task inventory risk assessment ensuring the task inventory is produced in an efficient and systematic way.
Additional Risk Assessment in our TIRA software;
1.Task Inventory Risk Assessments
2.Tasked Based Risk Assessments
3.Work Equipment Risk Assessments
4.Manual Handling Risk Assessments
5.Workplace Risk Assessments
6.Hazardous Substances Risk Assessments
7.Fire Precautions Risk Assessments
8.First Aid Risk Assessments
9.Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Risk Assessments
10.Display Screen Equipment (DSE) Risk Assessments
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