PPE – Personal Protective Equipment

We promote awareness of personal protective equipment in the workplace and provide up to date information and guidance on its sourcing and use.  We bring PPE knowledge, guidance and product information together in one easy-access portal.

We also encourage manufacturers and suppliers to showcase their products and offers.  Click a category or a title of a recent article on the right to access the latest product information and guidance from contributors.  Contact us for a username if you would like to contribute.

Using PPE

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is designed to protect workers from serious workplace injuries or illnesses resulting from contact with chemical, radiological, physical, electrical, mechanical or other workplace hazards.

PPE includes respirators, protective gloves, protective clothing, protective footwear, hearing and eye protection. A person wearing appropriate PPE is much less likely to suffer injury from hazards in the workplace.

Personal protective equipment products

The focus of the site is on the protection of the body and this means there is a lot of discussion about products.  The information on products is grouped into the following sections in the menu:


Respiratory protection, hearing, eye and face protection, head protection and fall management.

Respiratory protection is critical when there are hazards in the workplace such as dusts, mists, fumes gasses and vapours.  Depending on the concentration of the risk and the time exposure expected, respiratory protection can take the form of reusable respirators, half-mask respirators, full-face mask respirators and smoke hoods.

Powered respirators and air systems are also available.  For full protection, breathing apparatus can be worn.

Eye and face protection is critical when fragments, chips, sparks, splashes and radiation and glare of different types and strength are present.  Eye protection can take the form of spectacles, goggles or face shields.  Prescription safety glasses are also available to allow unimpaired vision while protected.

Head protection is critical when there is risk of head injury from falling debris, fixed objects and electrical conductors.  Hard hats and bump caps protect workers from these risks.

Working at height remains a high risk activity and a variety of restraint equipment and personal fall equipment is available to protect workers from falls.


Hazard wear (hi-visibility/FR garments), protective wear, weather wear and work wear.


Safety footwear (including boots), anti-static footwear and rubber footwear.


Cut-resistant gloves, chemical protection, thermal protection, mechanical handling, secure handling, food handling and welding protection.

We also look at workplace safety products, factory equipment, maintenance products and hygiene products.

It is important to train your people on how to use PPE and on how to look after the products, so you’ll find a section on this too.

The discussion of regulations and standards is an important part of understanding employer and employee responsibilities.  The focus is on UK regulations, guidance and PPE products.