Designing a PPE program to ensure safety in the workplace

The purpose of the PPE program is to ensure that personal protective equipment (PPE) is provided, used and maintained in a reliable condition whenever a process or work environment hazard requires it. to protect its members.

Ensure that all steps are taken in the identification, elimination, substitution, engineering and administrative control of workplace hazards in the early stages of designing a PPE program.

1. Choose a PPE organizer

This person should be the central source of information and responsible for assessing hazards and exposures that may require the use of PPE, determining the type of equipment to provide, and purchasing equipment. She is also responsible for gathering information from managers, supervisors, and employees about her PPE choices and implementing the program at all levels. A successful PPE program depends on the cooperation and support of all stakeholders.

2. Identify workplace hazards and conduct risk assessments

  • Review work practices, work procedures, equipment, and factory layout.
  • use Work hazard analysis Techniques for integrating accepted safety and health principles and practices into specific operations.

3. Choosing the Right PPE for the Task

  • Select PPE that meets industry standard hazards.
  • Get expert advice on the best product to meet your requirements.
  • Try the product with team members who use it.
  • Ensure physical comfort in PPE. (If it’s not comfortable, it may be misused or not used at all).
  • Evaluate cost considerations and examine the ROI of using PPE.
  • Ensure PPE meets all industry standards/certifications.
  • Put on PPE for each individual.

Four. Designing an internal communication strategy

Design an internal communications strategy and identify ambassadors responsible for disseminating information at all levels of the business.


Demonstrate full commitment to the program and ensure that clear and concise policies are agreed and posted in public places. Make safety and his PPE part of your work culture, applying it to visitors and administrative staff who stop by your job site just as much as it does to your full-time machine operator.

6. Choice of supervisor

Select a supervisor or senior team member who can be responsible for the grassroots implementation of training, maintenance, and inspections. These people should be easy to identify.

It is the responsibility of each supervisor to ensure that the correct PPE is being worn and to check with the PPE organizer if there are any questions. It is also the responsibility of each identified supervisor to ensure that all her team members perform the required maintenance and inspection of her PPE.

  • Inspect PPE before and after use.
  • Always be aware of your PPE.
  • Wash all PPE after use.
  • Repair or replace damaged or damaged PPE.
  • Store PPE in clean, dry air, away from exposure to sunlight and contaminants.

7. Education and training

  • Participate in education and training on how to put on, wear and maintain PPE.
  • Consider deploying eLearning for safety and compliance. This allows people with different learning levels to complete training and retraining quickly and effectively.
  • Ask questions so everyone knows what PPE they should wear, when, and why.
  • Ensure that all workstations where hazardous work is completed are clearly marked.

8. Audits and investigations

  • Programs are reviewed every 6-12 months.
  • Review and compare production and safety performance records.
  • Survey PPE users to ensure the product still meets requirements.
  • Make results available to everyone in your company.


If you think your company or business would benefit from the new PPE program, contact your State Sales Manager to schedule a meeting today! +61 7 3265 2944 Or send us a message through us contact us page.

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