Selection and use

Selection and use

You should ask yourself the following questions:

	Who is exposed and to what?

	How long are they exposed for?

	How much are they exposed to?

When selecting and using PPE:

	Choose products which are CE marked in accordance with the Personal Protective Equipment Regulations 2002 – suppliers can advise you

	Choose equipment that suits the user – consider the size, fit and weight of the PPE. If the users help choose it, they will be more likely to use it

	Make sure that if more than one item of PPE is being worn they can be used together, eg wearing safety glasses may disturb the seal of a respirator, causing air leaks

	Instruct and train people how to use it, eg train people to remove gloves without contaminating their skin. Tell them why it is needed, when to use it and what its limitations are