This personal protective equipment assessment:
Personal protective equipment (PPE) includes any clothing, equipment and substance designed to be worn by a person and to protect the person from risks of injury or illness.
A personal protective equipment assessment is a questionnaire that can be used to evaluate a person’s general understanding and knowledge of personal protective equipment. It is generally conducted after PPE training has been presented.
Note: The goal of a PPE assessment is to ensure workers have a good understanding of how, when and where to wear PPE.
The use of mandatory PPE is not negotiable and is required to be worn by all workers, visitors and contractors, as is necessary to protect them against harm. The exception to mandatory PPE obligations can only be achieved via a formal and detailed risk assessment that adequately justifies the exemption. All other PPE items must be selected and deemed appropriate for the hazards that exist in the workplace.
At a minimum PPE must:
Personnel should report damaged or defective PPE and it must be repaired or replaced, as required.
Note: Elimination of the hazard should always be attempted prior to using PPE.
This PPE assessment questionnaire has provisions for ten PPE assessment questions that are associated with PPE use and compliance to Australian standards.