Using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to Control Risks at Work


Employers must protect workers from health and safety risks. This means they must provide PPE free of charge if a risk assessment shows it is needed.


To stay safe, workers may have to wear PPE such as safety helmets, gloves, eye or hearing protection, high-visibility clothing, safety footwear and harnesses.


PPE also includes respiratory protective equipment (RPE) to prevent workers breathing in dust, mist, gas, or fume.


This guidance explains how and when to use PPE, what the law says, how to manage risk using PPE, and the proper selection, use, and maintenance of PPE.


HSE April 2022


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Using personal protective equipment (PPE) to control risks at work


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