PPE is Defined by a Risk Assessment
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is defined by carrying out a risk assessment (refer to the risk assessment section) that covers either
an environment, (in this case a construction site), or a specific task, such as carpentry or bricklaying for example. The risk assessment is
one of the keystones of health and safety in action because it examines the nature and circumstances of any task, to discover, highlight, and
mitigate any hazards that may be encountered through best practice, as defined in a method statement,
(refer to the separate section on method statements) and the use of specific PPE. Depending on the nature of the work in question, certain items
of PPE (for example Hard Hats and safety glasses on a construction site), must be worn at all times. The use of PPE sometimes can create or
contribute to hazards for a contractor under certain extreme circumstances, heat stress; impaired vision or mobility are examples.
Open and honest two way communication will ensure that these risks are kept to a minimum. PPE must be one of the main issues discussed during
the initial site safety induction course and daily site briefings should include any changes within the work place.