Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) selection

PPE is available for almost every part of the body and the type of equipment purchased will depend on the protection that is required.

Listed below are the common areas which require protection and examples of how the areas may be protected.       

All PPE should meet either Australian Standard /New Zealand Standard. 

PPE you must wear your PPE when working. You must be shown how to correctly use, wear and maintain your PPE. You must follow this advice and tell us as soon as there are any issues with your PPE (eg if it is no longer fitting properly or is broken). PPE must be: Right for the work you are doing- Fits you reasonably comfortably – Works as it’s supposed to.

PPE AS/NZ standard Common types When to use
Head Protection 
AS/NSD1801:1997 Safety helmets, caps, hats, hoods 

If there is a possibility that a person may: 

  • Be struck on the head by a falling object 
  • Strike head against a fixed object 
  • Make inadvertent head contact with electrical hazards. 
Hearing Protection AS/NZS 1270:2002  Ear plugs, earmuffs, helmets with integrated hearing protection  Provided where a risk of noise induced hearing loss exists. The need for hearing protection shall be assessed from the conduct of noise surveys in potential noise hazard areas.  
Eye and Face Protection AS/NZS 1336:2014 AS NZS IEC 60825.14 (lasers only)  Safety spectacles, goggles, shields, visors  Provided where a risk of eye injury exists. Typical hazards might include flying particles, dust, splashing substances, harmful gases, vapours, aerosols, and high intensity radiation from welding operations or lasers. 
Foot Protection AS/NZS/2210.3  Steel capped boots, nonslip shoes, waterproof boots  Provided where the nature of the work exposes the employee to a medium to high risk of injury to feet, eg occupations such as workshop/maintenance and gardening staff. 
Body Protection AS/NZS/2243.3:2010 AS/NZS 4501.1:2008  Laboratory coats, heat resistant aprons, waterproof jackets, sunscreen, repellent  Laboratory coats protect against accidental spills, e.g., acids. In this case, they usually have long sleeves and are made of absorbent material, such as cotton, so that the user can be protected from the chemical. Provided for staff who are required to work outdoors and are exposed to the sun's rays for continuous periods in a day. Direct exposure of the skin to UV radiation from outdoor work shall be minimised by providing hats, long sleeves/trousers and an adequate supply of sunscreen.  
Hand Protection AS/NZS 2161:2008  Gloves (wrist or elbow length, cotton, rubber, PVC leather, stainless steel mesh)  Provided where there is an identified hazard associated with a potential for hand injury. A list of hazards shall be compiled for each workplace and suitable hand protection obtained to minimise risk.  
Respiratory Protection AS/NZS 1716:2012  Face masks, half face respirators, air filter units, self-contained breathing apparatus  Provided, after all other practicable measures have been taken to provide control measures, to ensure that no staff member is exposed to an atmosphere that is or may be injurious to health.  
Fall Protection AS / NZS 1891  Belts, harnesses, pole straps, supports, tennis elbow braces  Provided where there is a risk a falling or where there is a legislated requirement. 
Sunscreen  AS / NZS 2604:2012  Sun lotion, lip balm  Provided where workers are exposed to solar UV radiation. 

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Version: 1.0
Last Updated: Sep 2020
Next Review: Sep 2023
Approver: Associate Director, Health Safety & Wellbeing