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Using personal protection equipment cannot only prevent your employees from dangerous situations or injury but can help save you from a lawsuit or legal action.

The Health and Safety Executive's Guide to Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations (1992) says employers have basic duties concerning the "provision and use of personal protective equipment (PPE) at work".

PPE can include all equipment, as is defined in the Regulations that "is intended to be worn or held by a person at work and which protects him against one or more risks to his health or safety".

Examples of such equipment include, safety helmets, gloves, eye protection, high visibility clothing, safety footwear and safety harnesses. It can also include clothing that protects against the weather.

However, under the regulations hearing protection and respiratory protective equipment are not covered as these areas are independently regulated.

Once PPE has been purchased from a retailer and the products have been assessed, the equipment must be maintained and stored properly as not to damage it.

Employees should also be instructed on how to use the equipment, so there is no margin for error during working conditions.

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