The first principle of safety risk mitigation should be elimination, substitution and engineering controls. When exposure to hazards cannot be completely engineered out from the work area and tasks, and when safe work practices and other forms of administrative controls cannot provide sufficient additional protection, then a supplementary method of control is the use of personal protective equipment (PPE).
This publication provides guidance on a work process for selecting and using PPE at work. Selection tables are included which are general examples of PPE for protecting personnel against hazards that could cause harm.
The publication is intended to provide guidance and examples in selection and use of PPE. It supplements other techniques for assessing and controlling risk and is intended for all involved in the selection of PPE.
The publication is part of the programme to develop Globally Harmonised publications amongst Regional Gas Associations.