Hazard control – use of PPE

What is Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)?

As part of the risk assessment process the employer, in consultation with employees, must identify any foreseeable risks in the workplace that may be a hazard to anyone in the place of work.

An employer must eliminate any identifiable risk to the health and safety of anyone in the place of work. If it is not reasonably practicable to do so, an employer must control the risk.

Controlling the risk may involve the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) by workers, in order to reduce their exposure to hazards.

PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) refers to the equipment worn by workers to reduce their exposure to hazards.

What are Some of the Types?

PPE includes such items as:

  • eye protection (goggles, glasses)
  • hearing protection (ear plugs, ear muffs);
  • respiratory protection (respirators, face masks, cartridge filters)
  • foot protection (safety boots)
  • head protection (hard hats)
  • body protection (aprons, safety harnesses, gloves, sunscreen).

Note: PPE includes any substance used to protect health.


Clause 15 of the OHS Regulation 2001 provides information about when personal protective equipment should be provided and the standards governing its use.

Under this clause the employer must provide any Personal Protective Equipment required to control risks in the workplace. The PPE must be appropriate to each individual, properly maintained, clean and hygienic, and is stored in a place provided by the employer for that purpose.

The person using the PPE must be trained in its use and have any limitations of the PPE explained to them.

Areas where PPE must be worn must be clearly identified by the employer.