We all know the importance of having (and using) the correct Personal Protective Equipment, but do you know how often the item of PPE should be replaced or it's life expectancy?
There is no legislation or Code of Practice stating the life expectancy of any PPE. it is recommended you follow the manufacturer’s instructions. The manufacturer must give the obsolescence deadline or period of obsolescence of PPE or its components. The date of obsolescence is the date from which the PPE becomes useless for its intended use or is no longer fit for its purpose. (Requirement under Annex II Article 1.4e, of EU PPE Directive 89/686, transposed in Ireland as European Communities (Personal Protective Equipment) Regulations 1993).
Now that more trades are back to work, due to an upturn in the construction sector, it is time to check your hard hat (which was in the back of the shed gathering dust).
(b) not be stored in direct sunlight or in excessively hot, humid conditions because long-term exposure can weaken the shell;
(c) be checked regularly for signs of damage or deterioration;
(d) have defective parts replaced (if the model allows this). Parts from one model cannot normally be interchanged with those from another;
(e) have the sweatband cleaned regularly or replaced.
If you need advise on any items of PPE, please contact us and we will be happy to help.
PPE is easy to replace - your life isn't!
Neal is the MD and founder of Asbestos Safe. He has 20 years experience working with Asbestos and hazardous waste and decided to bring that experience to the safety industry.