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Personal Protective Equipment

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NOTE! : No PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) can provide full protection, so always carry out task/activity with highest care

[This information is provided for guidance only]

Unlike head and foot injuries for example, respiratory injuries are not readily apparent in the workplace. In some cases it may not be until after workers retire that symptoms and diagnosis happens. It is therefore very important that all staff at risk, or who may be at risk have access to Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) that meets the appropriate European standard.


When are respirators used?
6 HAZARDS require respirator protection
  1. Dusts – possible causes: grinding, cutting or sanding
  2. Mist – fine liquid droplets usually caused by spraying
  3. Metal fumes – caused by vaporised metals under extreme heat, e.g. welding / smelting
  4. Gases – able to diffuse or spread quickly
  5. Vapours – formed when substances evaporate
  6. Oxygen deficiency / enrichment – requires a special airline-fed unit
Identify the HAZARDS
  • Assess the Hazard Level – what level of personal protection is required – what type of dust mask is needed?
  • Select the required Safety Respirator, disposable safety dust mask, half mask, full face mask, powered respirator, airfed respirator
  • Ensure employees are trained in the fitting and use of their Respiratory Protection

Every Dust Mask in our range conforms to EN149 2001 and offers protection against dusts and particles.

To help you meet the Health and Safety Executives demands and to protect you, our dust mask range consists of a wide choice of products from filtering face piece disposable dust masks to full face safety masks.



Hand Safety

Hands are extremely vulnerable to a wide range of hazards which include cuts, blows, chemical attack and temperature extremes. With industry’s increasingly complex and sensitive manufacturing and handling processes, there is a growing insistence on the use of “job fitted” safety gloves that meet specific requirements.

Providing effective hand protection for those at risk is a legal requirement, (clause IV of the ‘Personal Protective Equipment at Work’ Regulations 1992).

It is vital that safety gloves fit correctly so it is important that you know your correct hand size. Measure the circumference of the palm and the length from the wrist to the tip of the index finger then compare with the chart below:

Glove Size Hand Circumference (mm) Length (mm)
6 152 60
7 178 171
8 203 182
9 229 192
10 254 204
11 179 279

It is very important to keep safety gloves well maintained as contaminated or worn protective gloves may fail to protect the hands from the hazard they were designed for. Effective protection is maintained by regular replacement of the gloves. Check the condition of the gloves, inside and out.

Hearing Protection

When selecting hearing protection it is essential to be aware of national laws, regulations, customs and practices. The following points should be considered:

Required Sound Attenuation, Certification Mark, Wearer Comfort and Compatibility.

When selecting Ear protection, the wearer should note that, unlike in many forms of PPE, it is possible to have too much protection! The wearer still needs to be able to hear warning sirens and approaching vehicles etc.

Noise at Work Regulations

Provision Regulation
Reduce Risk Eliminated at source or reduced to a minimum
Assess and where necessary measure exposure60 Where are, or are likely to be, exposed to risk
Assessment period 8 hours or one week
Provide information and training to workers and reps 80dB(A) and 112 Pa
Workers rights to hearing checks / audiometric testing 85dB(A) by or under the responsibility of a doctor. To be available at 80dB(A) and 112 Pa where risk indicated
Health surveillance Provisions to ensure appropriate health surveillance where risk indicated
Make hearing protection available 85dB(A) and 140 Pa selected to eliminate risk or reduce to a minimum
Limit on exposure 87dB(A) and 200 Pa at the ear
Programme of control measures 85dB(A) and 140 Pa
Delimit areas, put up signs and control access 85dB(A) and 140 Pa where technically feasible and the risk of exposure so justifies
Workers reps to receive information Refers back to Directive 89/391/EEC
Derogations From hearing protection where health and safety risk


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