Risk Management - PPE Assessments
Guidance on Health and Safety Risk Management by risk-
TIRA - Personal Protective Equipment Risk Assessment Module
Health and Safety requires employees to undertake suitable and sufficient risk assessments; part of a risk assessors duties will include assessing the use of personal protective equipment used by employees and contractors etc. Personal Protective Equipment protects workers from injury or sickness caused by their work activities where other controls have not been available. Employers have basic duties concerning the provision and use of PPE at work. PPE is generally defined as 'all equipment (including clothing affording protection against the weather) which is intended to be worn or held by a person at work and which protects him against one or more risks to his health or safety', eg safety helmets, gloves, eye protection, high-visibility clothing, safety footwear and safety harnesses. PPE should be considered as a 'last resort' when other control measures have been considered and either implemented or proven to be ineffective. There is a recognized hierarchy of controls within Health and Safety which shows that other controls must be considered before the control of personal protective equipment. The hierarchy has six categories as follows: 1. Eliminate hazard at source, e.g. • use a non-hazardous substance instead of a hazardous one • stop using a noisy machine 2. Reduce hazard at source, e.g. • use a substance less hazardous than the one used at present • replace a noisy machine with a quieter one 3. Remove person from hazard, e.g. • replace person with machine • do not allow people to work near noisy machines 4. Contain hazard by enclosure, e.g. • isolate the hazard • put soundproofing round noisy machine 5. Reduce employee exposure, e.g. • four people exposed for two hours each, not one person for eight hours applies to exposure to substances or noise 6. Personal protective equipment (PPE), e.g. • gloves, eye protection for substances and ear defenders for noise TIRA's Personal Protective Equipment risk assessment guides the risk assessor through the Personal Protective Equipment risk assessment ensuring the risk assessment is undertaken in a plan and systematic way.
Additional Risk Assessment in our TIRA software; 1. Task Inventory Risk Assessments 2. Tasked Based Risk Assessments 3. Work Equipment Risk Assessments 4. Manual Handling Risk Assessments 5. Workplace Risk Assessments 6. Hazardous Substances Risk Assessments 7. Fire Precautions Risk Assessments 8. First Aid Risk Assessments 9. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Risk Assessments 10. Display Screen Equipment (DSE) Risk Assessments TIRA is your 'One Stop Shop' for your business occupational health and safety risk assessments requirements. Comprehensive yet simple to use and extremely competitively priced.
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