Personal protective equipment (PPE), (e.g. gloves, respirators, safety boots) should only be used as a last resort and should be used in conjunction with other control measures, including safe work practices.
Efforts to eliminate health and safety risks using other methods of control should continue in an effort to minimise the need for PPE.
Best practice for the use of PPE involves:
- choosing PPE that is appropriate to the task and level of risk,
- using PPE in every situation where the need has been identified,
- ensuring that all PPE complies with the relevant Australian Standard, and
- selecting and fitting PPE to suit the individual user.
All staff and students who purchase, use or maintain PPE must be trained in:
- correct use and fit testing,
- limitations and effectiveness of the PPE,
- maintenance, storage and replacement procedures, and
- emergency procedures in case of special risks such as chemical spills.
Fact sheet on Respiratory protective equipment showing different classes of respirators (PDF 103Kb).
The head of the relevant academic or administrative unit (or nominee) is responsible for:
- selecting personal protective equipment (PPE) and for ensuring it is used properly,
- including providing information,
- instruction, and
They must also ensure that PPE is maintained, and complies with the relevant Australian Standard.
Where it has been identified that a hazard exists and PPE is required, all students exposed to the hazard must wear the appropriate PPE.
It is the responsibility of the faculty or unit to determine:
- who meets the cost of the PPE for students, and
- to meet the costs of PPE for staff.
Contact David Lloyd-Jones from Safety & Wellbeing, if you require further information on the selection, provision or use of personal protective equipment.
- Occupational Personal Protection
SAA HB9 - 1994
ISBN 0 7262 8205 7
Second edition 1994
- Personal protective equipment (opens an external site )