Requirements for protective equipment
Your personal protective equipment must always be maintained and in good condition, otherwise the protection it offers may be reduced. All protective equipment must:
- Always provide you with the protection you need. Example: Masks must be fitted with the correct filters – dust filters cannot be used if you are working with solvents.
- Not cause you unnecessary problems. Example: Not everyone can wear the same footwear, so just having one manufacturer’s products to choose from is not enough.
- Be suitable for the job you are to do and the conditions prevailing at the work site. Example: If you are working somewhere where there is water, e.g. in an excavation, safety shoes cannot be worn – rubber safety boots must be worn instead