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Personal Protective Equipment

Adapted from content excerpted from Better Work, a partnership of IFC and the International Labour Organization

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) needs to be provided to workers by the factory. The type of PPE needed varies depending on the hazards of the work being performed. PPE should be used only as a last resort, after all other measures to improve safety have been taken.


✓ Reduces risk of accident and illness.

✓ Minimises future medical costs.

✓ Safer working environment.

Good practices for the provision and use of PPE

• Provide chainmail (metal mesh) gloves to workers using cutting equipment to protect them from finger injuries, and make sure that gloves are available for left-handed workers.

• Provide adequate dust masks to workers (e.g. cutters) to protect them from breathing in chemical dust.

• Old or worn out PPE does not protect workers: Make sure that PPE is in good condition and always replace it when needed or after manufacturer’s recommended period of use expires.


• Purchase the best available PPE, not the cheapest. Good quality PPE lasts longer and protects better.

• Provide training to demonstrate how to use PPE properly.

• Provide on-going training to educate workers on their specific workplace risks and the benefits of using PPE in workplaces.

• Ensure workers wear appropriate PPE whenever necessary.

• Put up appropriate signs near relevant workstations.

Costs: Low - Moderate

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