PPE refers to anything used or worn to minimise risk to workers' health and safety. This may include, but is not limited to:
high visibility clothing
In certain circumstances, the model WHS Regulations require businesses to work through a hierarchy of risk control measures when managing risk.
Workplaces are required, under WHS legislation, to engage in risk management and conduct assessments of risk, the use of PPE is often required as a safety measure. It is, however, something of a ‘last resort’. All other necessary measures must be taken before implementing PPE.
Under WHS laws, PCBUs are responsible for eliminating health and safety risks, and PPE is often one such control measure.
While the provision of PPE can fall under either the duty of the employer, or the workers themselves, wearing PPE when instructed, in light of a risk management scheme, is required by law. Keeping aware of workplace requirements in this regard is the responsibility of everyone on site.
The information provided in this article is general in nature. It is not legal opinion, and should not be considered to be a comprehensive statement of the law. Relevant legislation or Codes of Practice may have changed, and this article may no longer be relevant. Readers should do their own research to determine the accuracy of this article, and to decide whether it relates to their own specific workplace.