Personal Protective Equipment Toolbox Talk

PPE Toolbox Talk

This personal protective equipment toolbox talk:

  • Gives some practical guidance on how to wear PPE properly.
  • Provides information on the purchase, maintenance and storage of PPE.
  • Can ensure that employees understand and comply with regulations, minimizing the risk of non-compliance, legal issues, or penalties.


About this Personal Protective Equipment Toolbox Talk

Personal Protective Equipment

This personal protective equipment toolbox talk provides practical guidance on the selection, introduction, training, use, and storage of personal protective equipment (PPE) with consideration of the applicable risks involved.

Personal protective equipment can be described as any clothing, equipment and substance designed to be worn by a person to protect against the risk of injury or illness.

What is Personal Protective Equipment?

Personal protective equipment may include full body protection, head protection, foot protection, hand protection, respiratory protection, face shields, hearing protection, high-visibility clothing, breathing apparatus, thermal wear, eye protection, safety glasses, sunscreen, safety belts and harnesses, etc.

The Importance of Wearing Personal Protective Equipment

Personal protective equipment is the necessary equipment that is required to be worn to minimize exposure to serious workplace injuries and illnesses. These injuries and illnesses may result from contact with electrical, physical, chemical mechanical, environmental or other workplace hazards.

The employees, contractors and visitors at a workplace have an obligation to always wear the mandatory PPE, to protect themselves from actual or potential health and safety risks.

Note: When risk assessments are undertaken always aim for a higher level of protection to eliminate the risk, as PPE is the lowest control on the hierarchy of risk management.

Selection and Supply of Personal Protective Equipment

When selecting personal protective equipment all the specific hazards encountered in the workplace and work practice must be considered; comfort should also be factored into the selection process.

All PPE supplied for use at the workplace must comply with the applicable standards. If there is ever any uncertainty with PPE standards, confirmation must be sought from the supplier(s), or other competent person.

PPE should not restrict movement, vision or interfere with the function of any other PPE that is required to be worn. Wherever possible, workers who are required to wear PPE should be consulted on the selection process and where appropriate, pilot trials should be established to optimize the selection process.

How to Use Personal Protective Equipment

In most workplaces, the use of mandatory PPE is not negotiable and is required to be worn by all workers, visitors and contractors, as is necessary to protect against harm.

The exception to a requirement for mandatory PPE obligations can only be achieved via a formal and detailed risk assessment that adequately justifies the exemption.

At a minimum the use of personal protective equipment must:

  • Fit the worker and serve its intended purpose.
  • Be in good working and hygienic condition.
  • Not be misused or damaged.

Damaged or defective PPE should always be reported and it must be repaired or replaced, as required.

Note: Elimination of a hazard should always be attempted before using personal protective equipment or an administrative control.

Why Become a Member of Redcat Safety and Download this Personal Protective Equipment Toolbox Talk?

  • This PPE toolbox talk can help raise awareness and help workers understand the importance of using personal protective equipment in the workplace.
  • Employees gain a better understanding of the hazards they may encounter and the specific types of PPE required to mitigate those hazards and stay safe.

After downloading this PPE toolbox talk you will be able to:

  • Very easily edit and customize the template to create your own PPE toolbox talk.
  • Apply your own style, format and brand to the toolbox talk.
  • Use it in any industry or sector regardless of size or type of organization.

Availability and Use of this Personal Protective Equipment Toolbox Talk

  • This PPE toolbox talk template is accessible to you right now by clicking the ‘Become a Member Now’ button.
  • The toolbox talk will be delivered to you in fully editable Microsoft Word format for immediate and full use in your business.
  • There are no membership auto-renewals, contracts or ongoing costs.

Personal Protective Equipment Guarantee

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