PPE should be inspected every day to ensure workers can work safely.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) should be inspected regularly to ensure it is in good working condition and can provide the necessary protection. The frequency of inspection can depend on several factors, including the type of PPE, the conditions in which it’s used, and the manufacturer’s recommendations. Here are some general guidelines:
- Before Each Use: PPE should be inspected before each use to check for any visible damage or defects. This applies to all types of PPE, including helmets, gloves, goggles, safety shoes, respiratory equipment, and hearing protection.
- After Cleaning: Some types of PPE, such as reusable respirators and reusable chemical protective clothing, should be inspected after cleaning to ensure that the cleaning process has not damaged them.
- Periodic Inspections: In addition to these regular checks, some types of PPE require periodic detailed inspections. For example, fall protection equipment (such as harnesses, lanyards, and self-retracting lifelines) should typically be inspected by a competent person at least annually, or more frequently depending on the manufacturer’s instructions and the conditions of use.
- Post-Incident: PPE should be thoroughly inspected after any incident that could potentially have damaged it, such as a fall event involving fall protection equipment.
If any defects or damage are found during an inspection, the PPE should be taken out of service and replaced.
Remember, these are general guidelines, and the specific requirements for your PPE may vary. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions and your organization’s policies regarding PPE inspection. Also, ensure that the person inspecting the PPE is competent to do so and that they know what to look for and understand the criteria for determining if PPE is fit for use.