PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE)


Introduction

This plan is to be read in conjunction with any other relevant site specific policy or plan.

Swart and Sons is committed to achieving a safe and healthy workplace, and all contractors and employees are required tuse PPE and/or clothing as specified by the Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare Act 1986, OHS&W Regulations and relevant Codes of Practice.

Swart and Sons will, in consultation with employees, identify any predictable risks in the workplace and appropriate measures tlimit these.

Policy

Swart and Sons will make sure that all risks thealth and safety arising from company work are eliminated or, where this is not practical, reduced as far as possible.

If it is not possible to completely eliminate a risk by changing the work process or materials used the use of PPE may be required. PPE should be regarded as an option tbe used where a risk cannot be removed, and not as a substitute for measures to improve the safety of the workplace.

Procedure

Conditions of use: all equipment and clothing must be

Correctly worn and used by the employee or contractor.

Of the correct size and fit and be comfortable for the person using it.

Provided for the exclusive use of each person or, when use is shared by more than one person, maintained in an acceptable manner.

Cleaned regularly

Maintained in good order and condition and stored appropriately.

Increased risks associated with PPE

Contractors and employees are not required to use PPE where its use would increase the risk to health or safety.

Appropriate measures are tbe implemented to ensure that health or safety risks are not increased where the use of PPE prevents effective communication with others or the hearing of alarms. For example, another person may act as a lookout or some form of visible signaling system may be used.

Clothing

Highly visible clothing must be worn wherever there is a risk of being struck by traffic, mobile plant, or loads being moved.

Protective overalls should be used where necessary to prevent contaminants from soiling clothes or material being taken outside of the work site.

Long sleeve shirts and slacks may help to prevent excessive exposure tthe sun or potentially hazardous chemicals.

Jewelery or any other items that may catch on machinery or protruding objectives should not be worn.

Safety helmets

Employees should always carry a safety helmet and use it in accordance with the signage at the entrance tthe specific site or when there is any risk of falling objects on site.

All persons are required twear safety helmets when directed.

Eye protection

All employees and contractors must use appropriate eye protection when they are involved in or near any process where there is a risk of eye damage, including abrasive blasting, operation of power cutting equipment or compressed air tools, or the use of chemicals or corrosive substances.

Ear protection

Precautions against damage to hearing from workplace noise must be taken, for example the use of earplugs or earmuffs.

Respiratory protection

Appropriate respiratory protection must be used in any workplace where there is contamination of the atmosphere by dust, fibres, mists or vapors that are potentially hazardous. This includes the use of dust masks or specialized respiratory equipment such as gas type cartridges or scuba apparatus where hazardous substances are present, such as asbestos, chemicals, or glues (advice from the safety supervisor or appropriate person must be sought to ensure the proper respiratory protection is used in the latter cases).

Safety vest

A safety vest must be worn whenever the signage at the site entrance requires it or it is requested in the site contract.

Safety footwear

Employees and contractors must wear appropriate footwear as specified by Australian Standard 2210 when on site, and rubber boots with steel caps used in wet conditions.

Further information

Immediately clarify any concerns or seek further information from Management when necessary.

Report any faulty equipment or misuse of equipment as soon as possible.