When selecting PPE to minimise a risk to health and safety, the person conducting a business must ensure the equipment is:
- suitable for the nature of the work and any hazard associated
- a suitable size and fit and reasonably comfortable for the person to wear
- maintained, repaired or replaced so it continues to minimise the risk to the worker
- used or worn by the worker, so far as is reasonably practicable.
Choosing the right PPE for the job:
When choosing the right PPE for the job, the selection processes must include consultation with workers and also include:
- an evaluation of the risk and performance requirements for the PPE
- compatibility of PPE items where more than one type of PPE is required
- consultation with the supplier to ensure PPE is suitable for the work and workplace conditions
- preference for PPE that complies with the relevant Australian Standard or equivalent standard.