Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007
Personal Protective Equipment
Part A — Guide list of activities and sectors of activity which may require provision of personal protective equipment
1. Head Protection (Skull Protection)
Building work, particularly work on, underneath or in the vicinity of scaffolding and elevated places of work, erection and stripping of formwork, assembly and installation work, work on scaffolding and demolition work.
Work on steel bridges, steel building construction, masts, towers, steel hydraulic structures, blast furnaces, steel works and rolling mills, large containers, large pipelines, boiler plants and power stations.
Work in pits, trenches, shafts and tunnels.
Earth and rock works.
Work in underground workings, quarries, open diggings, coal stock removal.
Work with bolt-driving tools.
Work in the vicinity of lifts, lifting gear, cranes and conveyors.
Work with blast furnaces, direct reduction plants, steelworks, rolling mills, metalworks, forging, drop forging and casting.
Work with industrial furnaces, containers, machinery, silos, bunkers and pipelines.
Railway shunting work.
Work in slaughterhouses.
2. Foot Protection
Safety shoes with puncture-proof soles
Carcase work, foundation work and roadworks.
Carcase demolition work.
Work with concrete and prefabricated parts involving formwork erection and stripping.
Work in contractors’ yards and warehouses.
Safety shoes without pierce-proof soles
Work on steel bridges, steel building construction, masts, towers, lifts, steel hydraulic structures, blast furnaces, steelworks and rolling mills, large containers, large pipelines, cranes, boiler plants and power stations.
Furnace construction, heating and ventilation installation and metal assembly work.
Conversion and maintenance work.
Work with blast furnaces, direct reduction plants, steelworks, rolling mills, metalworks, forging, drop forging, hot pressing and drawing plants.
Work in quarries and open diggings, coal stock removal.
Working and processing of rock.
Working and processing in relation to flat glass products and container glassware manufacture.
Work with moulds in the ceramics industry.
Lining of kilns in the ceramics industry.
Moulding work in the ceramic ware and building materials industry.
Transport and storage work.
Work with frozen meat blocks and preserved foods packaging.
Railway shunting work.
Safety shoes with heels or wedges and pierce-proof soles
Protective shoes with insulated soles
Work with and on very hot or very cold materials.
Safety shoes which can easily be removed
Any work where there is a risk of penetration by molten substances.
Safety shoes fitted with toecaps
Any work where there is a risk of impact on or crushing of the foot caused by falling or projecting objects or collision of the foot with an obstacle.
3. Eye or Face Protection
Protection goggles, face shields or screens
Welding, grinding and separating work.
Caulking and chiselling work.
Rock working and processing work.
Work with bolt-driving tools.
Work on stock removing machines for small chippings.
The removal and breaking up of fragments.
Spraying of abrasive substances.
Work with acids and caustic solutions, disinfectants and corrosive products.
Work with liquid sprays.
Work with and in the vicinity of molten substances.
Work with radiant heat.
Work with lasers.
4. Respiratory Protection
Work in containers, restricted areas and gas-fired industrial furnaces where there may be gas or insufficient oxygen.
Work in the vicinity of the blast furnace charge.
Work in the vicinity of gas converters and blast furnace gas pipes.
Work in the vicinity of blast furnace taps where there may be heavy metal fumes.
Work on the lining of furnaces and ladles where there may be dust.
Spray painting where dedusting is inadequate.
Work in shafts, sewers and other underground areas connected with sewage.
Work in refrigeration plants where there is a danger that the refrigerant may escape.
Work in processes where harmful dust or fumes are likely to be present.
5. Hearing Protection
Work with metal presses.
Work with pneumatic drills.
Work with turbines.
The work of ground staff at airports.
Wood and textile working.
6. Body, Arm and Hand Protection
Work with acids and caustic solutions, disinfectants and corrosive cleaning substances.
Work with or in the vicinity of hot materials and where the effects of heat are felt.
Work on flat glass products.
Work in deep-freeze rooms.
Fire-resistant protective clothing
Welding in restricted areas.
Boning and cutting work.
Work with hand knives involving drawing the knife towards the body.
Handling of sharp-edged objects, other than machines where there is a danger of the glove being caught.
Unprotected work with acids and caustic solutions.
Metal mesh gloves
Boning and cutting.
Regular cutting using a hand knife for production and slaughtering.
Changing the knives of cutting machines.
7. Weatherproof Clothing
Work in the open air in rain and cold weather.
Work in wet processes.
8. Reflective Clothing
Work where the employees must be clearly visible.
9. Safety Harness
Work on scaffolding.
Assembly of prefabricated parts.
Work on masts.
10. Safety Ropes
Work in high crane cabs.
Work in high cabs of warehouse stacking and retrieval equipment.
Work in high section of drilling towers.
Work in shafts and sewers.
11. Skin Protection
Processing of coating materials.
Part B — Guide list of items of personal protective equipment
1. Head Protection
Protective helmets for use in industry, including mines, building sites, other industrial uses.
Scalp protection (caps, bonnets, hairnets with or without eye shade).
Protective headgear (bonnets, caps, sou’westers, etc. in fabric with proofing, etc.).
2. Hearing Protection
Earplugs and similar devices.
Full acoustic helmets.
Earmuffs which can be fitted to industrial helmets.
Ear defenders with receiver for Low Frequency (LF) induction loop.
Ear protection with intercom equipment.
3. Eye and Face Protection
X-ray goggles, laser-beam goggles, ultra-violet, infra-red, visible radiation goggles.
Arc-welding masks and helmets (hand masks, headband masks, headband masks or masks which can be fitted to protective helmets).
4. Respiratory Protection
Dust filters, gas filters and radioactive dust filters.
Insulating appliances with an air supply.
Respiratory devices including a removable welding mask.
5. Hand and Arm Protection
Gloves to provide protection:
from machinery (piercing, cuts, vibrations, etc.).
for electricians and from heat.
Wrist protection for heavy work.
6. Foot and Leg Protection
Low shoes, ankle boots, calf-length boots, safety boots.
Shoes which can be unlaced or unhooked rapidly.
Heat-resistant shoes, boots and overboots.
Thermal shoes, boots and overboots.
Vibration-resistant shoes, boots and overboots.
Anti-static shoes, boots and overboots.
Insulating shoes, boots and overboots.
Protective boots for chain saw operators.
Removable instep protectors.
Removable soles (heat-proof, pierce-proof or sweat-proof).
Removable spikes for ice, snow or slippery flooring.
7. Skin Protection
8. Trunk and Abdomen Protection
Protective waistcoats, jackets and aprons to provide protection from machinery, piercing, cutting, molten metal splashes, etc.
Protective waistcoats, jackets and aprons to provide protection from chemicals.
Protective X-ray aprons.
9. Whole Body Protection
Equipment designed to prevent falls
Fall-prevention equipment (full equipment with all necessary accessories).
Braking equipment to absorb kinetic energy (full equipment with all necessary accessories).
Body-holding devices (safety harness).
10. Protective clothing
“Safety” working clothing (two-piece and overalls).
Clothing to provide protection from machinery, piercing, cutting etc.
Clothing to provide protection from chemicals.
Clothing to provide protection from molten metal splashes and infra-red radiation.
Heat resistant clothing.
Clothing to provide protection from radioactive contamination.
Fluorescent signalling, retro-reflecting clothing and accessories (armbands, gloves, etc.).