Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Policy

I have attached personal protective equipment (PPE) policy.


Policy Number: XXX Corporate Policy

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Policy


To provide a mechanism for identifying and selecting personal protective equipment (PPE) and the information to ensure that it is used and maintained correctly.

Policy Statement

All occupational health and safety hazards must be managed in accordance with the XXX Management Policy. In managing PPE at the workplace, the use of such equipment will be made on the basis of a risk assessment(s), while its selection will be in compliance with the relevant XXX Standard(s).


All staff and visitors are covered by the requirements of this policy.

Intended outcomes

Properly selected PPE will be used within the XXX to support higher-level workplace hazard controls, or as primary controls against such hazards where found suitable.

Staff, including supervisors and managers, and visitors required to use PPE to prevent exposure to hazards will be instructed/trained in its proper selection, use and care.

Managers, supervisors and staff are required to ensure that protective equipment is properly and diligently used whenever they are exposed to a hazard requiring its use.

Failure to comply with requirements to wear PPE, or properly supervise its use, will be treated as a disciplinary matter.


1.   Staff will be protected from workplace hazards by the use of higher level measures such as elimination, substitution, engineering controls, work practices and administrative controls.

When these controls are not feasible or do not provide sufficient protection, an alternative/ supplementary method of protection is to provide staff and visitors with personal protective equipment (PPE).

PPE does not eliminate nor change the hazard to make it safer.

  1. 2.      Locations requiring the use of specific PPE are clearly identified and signposted.
  2. 3.      PPE provided meets or exceeds the specifications of the relevant XXX Standard.


Managers and supervisors are to ensure that staff using PPE are properly trained, informed and instructed in its correct selection, care and use.

4. Staff shall use PPE correctly whenever they are exposed to the hazard without misuse or interference. Staff provided with PPE shall care for and maintain it in a serviceable state.

Staff required to use PPE shall be adequately supervised.

Staff who do not use the PPE, or maintain it in a serviceable state, will be removed from the hazard immediately by their supervisor until the required PPE is in place.

5. Staff must cooperate with directions of their supervisor or manager, including the need to use and maintain PPE, to ensure compliance with the requirements of XXX Act and Regulation.

Staff who do not respond to their supervisor’s instructions on the correct use and maintenance of PPE are subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the XXX Discipline Policy at Section 11.1 of the Human Resources Manual.

Supervisors are subject to disciplinary action initiated by their manager if they fail to ensure that prescribed PPE is used diligently by staff, or if the equipment is not maintained to a serviceable and effective level.

Definitions Personal protective equipment (PPE): includes a variety of devices and garments to protect workers from injuries.  PPE is designed to protect � eyes, face, head, ears, feet, hands and arms, and torso. PPE includes such items as � goggles, face shields, safety glasses, hard hats, safety shoes, gloves, high visibility garments, earplugs, and earmuffs.

Additional Information Reference documents:

Refer to Appendix I for a full list of relevant XXX Standards.

Contact details:

Policy and Project Officer XXX,YYY

Effective date:

7 May 2004

Review date:

7 May 2007 Policy replaces:  XXX


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