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Kent firefighters benefitting from new PPEPosted on 18/01/2012

Kent firefighters benefitting from new PPE

Firefighters in Kent are now benefitting from new personal protective equipment (PPE), according to a report.

News Shopper says that Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) will also be benefitting from new respiratory gear later in the year.

The new kit currently being rolled out includes fire tunics and over-trousers, flash hoods, helmets, safety boots and safety gloves and KFRS says more is on the way.

KFRS assistant director Sean Bone-Knell told the news provider: "We are also looking at other innovative measures which will further protect our frontline staff as we work to keep the county safe."

Employers have a responsibility to provide safety equipment under the terms of the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992, in situations where workers' health cannot otherwise be protected.

The regulations also require that PPE is assessed for suitability before use, is maintained and stored properly, comes with instructions on safe use, and is used appropriately by employees. 

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