Questions & Answers
It is the employer’s duty to provide PPE.
It is the employee’s duty to provide PPE.
The safety representative is responsible for providing PPE.
The employee can refuse to wear PPE if it is not comfortable.
Dust mask and ear plugs
Cotton wool pads and rubber gloves
Disposable ear plugs and ear defenders
Disposable ear plugs and safety glasses
They must be inserted correctly.
They need to be cleaned correctly after use.
They must not get dirty so they can be reused.
They must be clean, used only once and inserted correctly.
Ignore the operative as they are not doing anything wrong.
Challenge them and tell them they should be wearing clear glasses.
Try on the glasses and ensure visibility within 10 metres is possible.
Complete your duties then report your colleague to the site manager as soon as possible.
Attempt to repair them
Put them on and start working
Start working while the supervisor orders a new pair
Do not work in a noisy area until the ear defenders are replaced
Ask their work mate for advice on how to use it
Search Google for instructions on how to use it
Tell their supervisor that they don’t know how to use it
Try to work it out for themselves and carry on working
100% and replace it if it is worn out
The costs are split equally by the employer and the employee
100% but once it's worn out the employee has to pay for the replacement
Zero. It is called personal protective equipment because the individual person who uses it has to pay for it
If you are working at heights
If you are working with any equipment in a confined space
If you are working in the same building as a colleague who is wearing eye protection
If it is required in your risk assessment, if you feel there is a danger of injury, or if the site rules prescribe it
The employee must provide their own PPE.
The employee should use PPE only if it is available.
The employee has a duty to wear PPE when required.
The employer must provide training in the use and care of PPE required.
Read the site notice board
Use the PPE that you used on the last job
Ask your colleagues what PPE you should wear
Refer to the risk assessment and method statement specific to your task
Leave the site immediately
Stop working and replace the defective glove
Take off the ripped glove and quickly finish the task
Finish the task after using sticky tape to repair the glove
The jacket cannot keep you warm if the front is left unzipped.
The knotted ends of the jacket will be heavier, slowing down your work.
They are technically permitted, but it is up to the site manager's discretion.
If a jacket is not fully closed, it reduces the effectiveness of the visibility and thus is not doing its job.
If you are under scaffolding
Only in safe areas, like a site office
If you are having lunch on some scaffolding
When walking between plots on a large building site
A protective toecap
It must be black with black laces
A lightweight shoe that looks like a sporting shoe
A tested, non-slip sole with a reinforced mid sole and protective toecap
Put up hazard warning signs
Put screens around the welding activity
Give everyone personal protective equipment
Employ a co-worker to warn people of the danger
Make an attempt at repairing the sleeve.
Throw the PPE away and carry on working.
Continue their work as the rip does not present a hazard.
Stop what they are doing until they can find a replacement.
On the designated site walkway
When it is safe to do so in a safe area, like the canteen
After the canteen break when the ground worker has returned to site
When the ground worker arrives on the construction site but hasn’t started to carry out any construction activities
Once a week
Each time before use
Once every few hours
The Quantity Surveyor will inform them.
The type of PPE required is self explanatory.
From the risk assessment / method statement.
They need to follow what everyone else is doing.
long exposure to sunlight.
another person with dermatitis.
a disease that is carried by rats.
harmful substances contained in construction materials.
During the hours of darkness
When walking on roads on the building site
When you see the site manager or health and safety inspector coming near you
When it's specified in your method statement, risk assessment, or site rules require it
Eye protection, ear defenders and dust mask
Gloves, eye protection, work boots and ear defenders
No personal protective equipment is needed if it's just one cut that is done quickly
Dust suppression tank, dust mask, gloves, eye protection, work boots and ear defenders
hard hat, trainers, clear eye protection, and gloves.
tinted eye protection, trainers, hard hat, and gloves.
steel-toe boots, gloves, hard hat, clear eye protection, site specific overalls.
gloves, tinted eye protection, steel-toe boots, hard hat, site specific overalls.
Steel-toe cap boots
Having a beard
Having long hair
Wearing contact lenses
Impact rated goggles
Chemical splash goggles
When you are on a roof
When you are working with someone else
When you are in the site canteen or offices
When you are inside a building that is being constructed
date of manufacture.
Irish Standards number.
date after which it may not be used.
No, it is not a mandatory instruction and is optional for the operative.
Yes but only for specific tasks on site.
Yes every construction worker on site should receive it.
No, as some construction sites are so small that there is no possibility of an accident.
The PPE may not be pristine.
The PPE may have branding from a different project or company.
Different construction projects have the same requirements for what PPE must be worn on site.
Different construction projects have different requirements for PPE, so what was brought from the previous project may not be suitable.
Whenever there is a risk of eye injury
Only if you work with hazardous materials
When your employer can afford it and purchases them
If a risk assessment or the site rules states that you must wear them
Handrails and toe boards
A net around the platform
Safety boots with 2mm tread
Asbestos from between 1960 and 1980 is the most dangerous.
Asbestos fibres can form a very fine dust, which is often invisible.
There is no need to take precautions when working with asbestos.
All types of asbestos are dangerous and can give rise to the associated asbestos-induces diseases.
A Construction Certification Health and Safety card
No accreditation is required when using your own grinder
A supervisor's card, such as the Site Supervisor accreditation card
Abrasive wheels accreditation showing that the user is competent
Employers only have to supply personal protective equipment at the beginning of a new contract.
Employers in construction must provide and replace personal protective equipment if damaged/in need of replacement.
Employers do not need to supply personal protective equipment to any operatives as the operatives will provide their own.
Employers do not have to replace any damaged personal protective equipment but can charge the operative for the replacement.