Firstly, what is PPE? PPE is equipment that will protect the user against health and safety risks at work. It can include safety helmets and hard hats, gloves, eye protection, high-visibility clothing, safety footwear and safety harnesses.
It’s important that you ask the company or your recruitment agency contact what PPE is required for your first day on site. All construction sites, as a minimum, will require you to wear the following:
Some sites will have a 5-point PPE standard which is:
There will also be some sites that will require you to wear RPE (Respiratory Protective Equipment), meaning that you must wear a safety mask at all times or in certain areas of the site.
The standard of the RPE equipment will be decided by the contractor that you are working for but every mask must be Face Fit Tested! Face Fit Testing is an important process that ensures your mask fits your face correctly. If you are required to wear RPE for your job, make sure that you speak with your Site Manager and confirm what action you need to take.