What is your question?

Just enter your question in the Search box below.

Topics

adaptive growth approved contractor ARB Approved Contractor Arborist assessment bad arborist bat conservation trust bats become an approved contractor benefit beware bird nesting season birds bleeding blocked drain boundary bracing branches british bats BS5837 building callus careers cavity certification CHIP clear code of ethics code of practice colleges common law communication complain complaints conservation conservation areas construction consultant Contractor conversion coppicing CoSHH council council land court crown crown lifting crown raising crown reduction crown thinning danger of felling dangerous dangers deadwood definitions diagnostic service dieback directive directory disease dispute Distance driveway duty of care ear defenders ecologist education ethics european habitats directive felling licences fines fruit trees fungus glossary good arborist good climbing practice ground nesting birds habitat hammering harmful hazardous substances health health & safety health and safety heavy clay hedge height helliwell help and advice help for arborists hollow tree HSE initials injury intrusive ivy land registry legal requirements legislation lifting equipment light light loss local councils local planning authority LOLER lopping loss minimum recommended distance mobile phone monetary value music nail neighbour nesting nesting birds directive noise at work penalty permission personal protective equipment pests phone usage phones up trees planning consent planning system point value policies post nominals PPE problem tree professional conduct property protection proximity pruning qualifications radio reasonable care registered consultant regulations restrictive covenants risk assessment risk to health road management roost roots safe safety schedule 5 schedule 6 site clearance sites of special scientific interest smothering subsidence terminology time of year tool box talk topping tpo traffic management training Tree tree consultant tree officer tree ownership tree preservation order tree roots tree surgeon trees causing cracks unsafe vibration levels wildlife wildlife and countryside act working at height working equipment

What are the working regulations for PPE (Personal Protective Equipment )?

 25/11/2015    Last Modified: 04/02/2016

Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations, 1992

What is it?

The PPE regulations require that employers provide suitable protective equipment to employees except where the risk has been adequately controlled by other means which are equally or more effective.

What is PPE?

PPE is defined as “all equipment which is intended to be worn or held by a person at work which protects them against one or more risks to their health and safety.” PPE includes the obvious elements of chainsaw protective trousers and boots etc, head, hearing and eye protection as well as climbing equipment, ropes, harness and karabiners etc. Ensure any PPE you buy is ‘CE’ marked and complies with the requirements of the Personal Protective Equipment Regulations 2002. The CE marking signifies that the PPE satisfies certain basic safety requirements and in some cases will have been tested and certified by an independent body.

Operators and managers must consider the needs of the job and the demands it places on the wearer. For example, the length of time the PPE needs to be worn, the physical effort required to do the job and the requirements for visibility and communication. If more than one item of PPE is being worn, are they compatible? PPE requirements will be dictated by specific risk assessments in relation to company operations.

Responsibilities

The employer shall provide suitable PPE as necessary and will ensure that it is the correct size, fits properly and will provide instruction for use. The employee has a duty to use any PPE issued as instructed and to report any loss or damage to PPE that may reduce its effectiveness.

Issuing PPE

Records of the issue of any PPE should be kept by the employer. This should record the detail of any PPE issued, including manufacturer, size, serial numbers where applicable, and signed acceptance of that PPE by the employee. Chainsaw helmets should be marked with date of issue. Records of PPE issue can help refute claims for compensation, prove that the company is taking its responsibilities seriously and can identify unreasonable repeated issue resulting from abuse or careless loss of that equipment.

Maintenance

Make sure equipment is well looked after and properly stored when it is not being used, is kept clean and in good repair following any manufacturer’s maintenance schedule (including recommended replacement periods and shelf lives). Make sure suitable replacement PPE is always readily available.

Monitoring and Review

Periodically supervisors or other suitable management should review the provision, issue and use of PPE to ensure that it is being used correctly and meets the operational requirements of the organisation.

Further information:

Topics:
health & safety, regulations, personal protective equipment, PPE