A Guide to PPE

PPE, stands for Personal Protective Equipment and can be applied to many roles in the workplace. For instance, in the kitchen, PPE may include Chefs Whites or an apron, a hat or a hair net. The PPE is designed to protect you from injury or from getting messy. As a Site Manager, I wear PPE on a daily basis. My Steel Toe Capped Boots is the piece of PPE I wear the most.

So let’s look at PPE you may be using on a daily basis. (Please note, the below items are not a complete list of required PPE.

Cleaning PPE

  • Rubber or disposable gloves. (Rubber Gloves should be the correct color code)
  • A Tabard or Apron
  • Goggles
  • Comfortable fitting clothing
  • Flat comfortable shoes

Kitchen PPE

  • Chefs Whites \ Apron
  • Disposable Gloves for handling food
  • Hair net or hat
  • Flat comfortable shoes

Gardening PPE

  • Comfortable loose fitting clothing
  • Flat Comfortable shoes
  • Goggles for use with with lawn mowers and strimmers
  • Thick Gardening Gloves

PPE In Plant Rooms

  • Comfortable loose fitting clothing
  • Flat Comfortable shoes
  • A Hard Hat
  • Gloves for working with hot pipework or valves

PPE for use with Tools

  • Comfortable loose fitting clothing
  • Thick gloves
  • Goggles
  • Steel Toe Capped Boots

PPE is a legal requirement, under the 1974 Health and Safety at Work Act. Your School insurance will not cover you, if you do not use appropriate PPE at work. If you are not sure what PPE to use, please speak to your School Headteacher or your Local Council’s Health and Safety Department for advice.