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PPE Equipment List: What You Need in 2017

Posted by Xamax on 24/07/17 09:36

There are 7 categories of PPE Equipment from respiratory equipment to head protection to eye protection to body protection, and more. But what equipment do you really need in 2017?

PPE equipment what you need in 2017


The simple answer, of course, is you need whatever equipment that will help keep your workers safe from harm in the workplace. Even after putting all the relevant safety measures in place, it's vital you ensure all workers wear the correct PPE equipment, all of the time. Not only is it the law but extra protection also means extra safety and the reduced risk of injury. Here's a list of the top products to help keep workers safe.


2017 PPE Equipment List

In our PPE Equipment list, we've included the key protective measures you need to keep safe; to get the full equipment list download our FREE PPE checklist, which is a more detailed list of what equipment you need and the regulations behind them. Here are four common types of PPE equipment and what they protect and cost.


1) Eye Protection

Eye protection is just what it sounds like! It protects your worker's eyes from harm. Eye protection in the form of safety glasses and goggles is often incredibly inexpensive (ranging from under £1 per pair to roughly £16 per pair), especially when purchased in bulk, so if your workers need eye protection, then it's a good idea to take the extra precaution and stock up.

Eye protection can be stored without going off, and - as long as the product isn't scratched - can last up to three years, so they're a worthwhile, and inexpensive investment. Plus, if they protect your workers from long term eye damage and debris, then they're always a good choice. Find out how to maintain and store protective goggles and safety glasses here.



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Portwest Umbra Polarised Spectacle, £15.53 per item


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Portwest Avenger Safety Spectacle Smoke,  £2.50 per item




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Portwest Visitor Safety Spectacle, £0.85 per item 



2) Head Protection

Head protection such as hard hats and bump caps are often needed on sites where there are dangers of falling objects; however, make sure you're using the appropriate safety head wear for your needs. Bump caps do provide head protection, but they do not protect against heavy debris, so do a safety assessment to determine what's needed in your workplace - the answer is usually a hard hat. Don't forget that hard hat colour codes have been updated so make sure you're choosing the right colours too.

It's actually surprising that hard hats are quite inexpensive. You'd think with the level of protection they provide, they'd be pricey, but that's not the case. They usually range from £3 to £31 per unit for hard hats, and bump caps sit in the £7-10 per unit range. Hard hats are usually long lasting (unless damaged) and can last up to five years if the suspension is replaced every 12 months. If the hard hat sustains damage, however, it needs to be replaced immediately.


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Portwest Hi-Vis Bump Cap, 
£7.32 per item


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Beechfield Enhanced-Viz EN812 Bump Cap,  £7.85 per item


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Beechfield EN812 Bump Cap, 

£6.75 per item


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Delta Plus Zircon Hard Hat, 

£3.00 per item


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Delta Plus Quartz Rotor® Safety Helmet,  £6.40 per item

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Delta Plus Hi-Vis Baseball Safety Helmet,  £9.25 per item 



3) Hand Protection

Safety gloves protect the hands from all sorts of hazards at work! The kind of safety gloves your workers need will depend on the hazards your workplace has, but most gloves protect not only from harmful substances, but also from the cold, which is often the most dangerous element when it comes to hand safety.

Work safety gloves range from as little £0.37 per pair to £30 per pair, and come in all sorts of materials from Nitrile coated to Latex coated to Polyurethane coated and more. Some are designed for grip, others for warmth and chemical resistance, and others for cut resistance - or even combined purposes. The type of hand protection you need for your PPE equipment stock will depend on the workplace hazards identified.

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Portwest Powertool Pro – High Performance Glove,  £6.13 per pair

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Portwest Flexo Grip Nitrile Glove, 
£0.37 per pair

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Portwest Fortis Grip Glove,  
£0.43 per pair



4) Ear Protection

Ear protection is one of the most important PPE considerations because hearing is one of those taken-for-granted senses that you don't realise its importance unless you lose it. Make sure that you always provide the appropriate ear protection in the workplace if your work environment reaches dangerous decibels. Even if the sound isn't dangerous, do have earplugs - the cheap disposable kind (around £0.10 per pair, often sold in batches of 200 pairs, individually wrapped for around £20) - as an option for workers to show that you're taking those extra precautions.

Sound must be reduced to around 80 decibels in the workplace. Most ear protection removes at least 32 dB from the surrounding area, and will take noise to safe levels. Disposable ear plugs need to be replaced daily, but other ear protection can last months with proper care. Ear muffs and defenders - even on the high end - range from just under £4 per unit to just over £15 per unit, so they're relatively inexpensive. Often ear muffs and defenders are worn in conjunction with disposable earplugs for even more hearing protection.

Here are unsafe levels of noise:

  • 70-90 dB for heavy machinery, electric motors, garbage disposal, and city traffic
    • Construction, factory, or on highway work sites, and so on
  • 100-120 dB for a jack hammer, power saw, motorcycle, lawn mower, and rock music
    • Carpentry, construction, and so on
  • 140+ dB for jet engines, and gunshots (pain level)
    • Airport industry, and in police work

The Noise Reduction Rating (or NRR) for earplugs is between 22 and 33 dB (decibels) whilst the NRR for ear muffs is between 20 and 30 dB. For the best ear protection, a combination of the two will protect your ears the most.

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£3.40 per item

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Portwest Bell Comfort Foam Ear Plugs, £0.09 per pair 
(Sold in bundles of 200 for £19.39)

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Portwest Comfort Ear Protection, £5.25 per item



Employer and Employee PPE Responsibilities

Make sure everyone at work is encouraged to use PPE safely and effectively. Encourage all employees to report any problems with equipment or faulty safety measures so they can be remedied. Workplace deaths are on the decline, and it's important to keep it that way. Everyone is responsible for making your workplace safe, and making sure that everyone wears the right protection for your needs.

Find out if you need to renew your workplace health and safety policy here.

Don't forget about respiratory protection, body protection such as hi-vis, and your safety boots too!


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