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1 PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT POLICY Policy Details NHFT document reference HSC013 Version Version Date Ratified Ratified by Trust Policy Board Implementation Date Responsible Director Chief Operating Officer Review Date Related Policies & other documents HSC002 Policy and Guidance on the Use of Risk Registers, HSC016 Policy on the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Freedom of Information category Policy Personal Protective Equipment Policy 1 of 22 Implementation Date:

2 TABLE OF CONTENTS 1. DOCUMENT CONTROL SUMMARY INTRODUCTION PURPOSE DEFINITIONS DUTIES Trust Managers Employees POLICY PROCESS Personal Protective Equipment Assessment Hazard and risk identification Ergonomics of the task Fit to the wearer Quality Main Types of Personal Protective Equipment Available Protective clothing for the body Eye and Face Protection Head protection Hand Protection Safety footwear Respiratory protective equipment (RPE) Hearing protection Limitations of Personal Protective Equipment Availability, Accommodation and Maintenance of PPE Record Keeping Charges for PPE TRAINING Mandatory Training Specific Training not covered by Mandatory Training MONITORING COMPLIANCE WITH THIS DOCUMENT REFERENCES AND BIBLIOGRAPHY RELATED TRUST POLICY APPENDIX 1 GUIDE TO COMPLETING THE PPE ASSESSMENT FORM APPENDIX 2 DETAILS OF EN STANDARDS FOR PPE L 21 Personal Protective Equipment Policy 2 of 22 Implementation Date:

3 1. DOCUMENT CONTROL SUMMARY Document Title Document Purpose (executive brief) Personal Protective Equipment Policy To ensure any PPE selected is suitable Status: - New / Update/ Review Areas affected by the policy Policy originators/authors Consultation and Communication with Stakeholders including public and patient group involvement Review All areas, Trust-Wide Tina Perkins - Health and Safety Risk Manager Policy circulated to Safer Services and Environment Group Archiving Arrangements and register of documents Equality Analysis (including Mental Capacity Act 2007) Training Needs Analysis See section 7 The Trust Policy Leadis responsible for the archiving of this policy and will hold archived copies on a central register See overarching health and safety equality analysis Monitoring Compliance and See section 8 Effectiveness Meets national criteria with regard to NHSLA N/A NICE N/A NSF N/A Mental Health Act N/A CQC Outcome 11 & 14 Other Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 (as amended) Further comments to be None considered at the time of ratification for this policy (i.e. national policy, commissioning requirements, legislation) If this policy requires Trust Board TPB ratification please provide specific details of requirements Personal Protective Equipment Policy 3 of 22 Implementation Date:

4 2. INTRODUCTION The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 put a requirement on the employer to make a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks to health and safety of employees and other people who may be affected by the activities of their work. The process of risk assessment enables employers to identify control measures they need to implement. Where used, Personal Protective Equipment must always be the last such control. This is because Personal Protective Equipment will rarely provide a full level of protection to the user and will provide no protection for anyone else in close proximity to the activity. Therefore other control measures must always be considered before resorting to Personal Protective Equipment. The legislative requirement for issuing Personal Protective Equipment is set by the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 (as amended). These require that all Personal Protective Equipment must be assessed for suitability, well maintained, and compatible with each other if used in combination. The Regulations also require that employees using such equipment must receive training, information and instruction in the safe use of personal protective equipment. 3. PURPOSE The aim of this policy is to ensure the safety of all people affected by the Trusts activities by ensuring that where Personal Protective Equipment is issued as a control measure it is suitable and sufficient. This policy also shows the principles of Personal Protective Equipment Assessment and how to complete them. This Policy should be read in conjunction with HSC002 Policy and Guidance in the Use of Risk Registers and HSC016 Policy on the Control of Substance Hazardous to Health. 4. DEFINITIONS Compatibility The ability of two or more pieces of personal protective equipment to be used in conjunction and still remain effective. CE Mark All PPE issued at the Trust must have a CE mark affixed. The CE mark indicates that the PPE meets essential safety requirements tested to a set standard by an approved body. EN Standard A number given to PPE to state that it passes specific standards applicable to it. The standard is that of the harmonised European Standard. NHFT - Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) - All equipment which is intended to be worn or held by a person at work that protects them against one or more risks to their health or safety i.e. safety helmets, gloves, eye protection, high visibility clothing, safety footwear, and safety harnesses and any addition or accessory designed to meet that objective. Personal Protective Equipment Policy 4 of 22 Implementation Date:

5 5. DUTIES 5.1. Trust Managers All Managers are responsible, within their sphere of influence, for ensuring that PPE is provided and used where it has been indicated by risk assessment that it should be employed as a control measure. They are also responsible for ensuring that a suitable and sufficient assessment has been made of PPE employed and that it is suitable for the hazards it is to control. Trust Managers must also ensure that where PPE is specified for use the individual who is required to wear it receives the necessary training, information and instruction on its use. Where employees refuse to wear PPE their reasons should be discussed and resolution sought. Any continuation to refuse to wear PPE must be dealt with through disciplinary action. Managers should ensure that where PPE is of the non-disposable kind, adequate storage facilities are provided, along with materials for cleaning and maintenance Employees Where PPE has been issued as a control measure through risk assessment; it is the employee s duty to wear that PPE in accordance with training, information and instruction given. It is also the employee's duty to keep non-disposable PPE clean and well maintained and store it in the facilities provided. Employees must also report any loss or defect in all PPE to their manager. 6. POLICY PROCESS 6.1. Personal Protective Equipment Assessment PPE must only be issued when all other control measures have been exhausted. Guidance on other control measures is given in HSC002 Policy and Guidance on the Use of Risk Registers. Due to the fact that PPE is the last control measure to prevent exposure to hazards it is vital that the equipment selected is: Appropriate for the hazards and risk it is intended to control and does not create an additional risk itself. Takes into account the ergonomics of the task and the health of the individual. Is capable of being adjusted to fit the wearer correctly and is compatible with other PPE being used. Meets certain quality requirement. Personal Protective Equipment Policy 5 of 22 Implementation Date:

6 Therefore before PPE is selected it must be assessed using the Personal Protective Equipment Assessment Form available on the health and safety page of the intranet. Guidance on completing the form is given in Appendix 1. Details of what must be considered when completing the assessment are given in the subsections that follow Hazard and risk identification Correct PPE selection can only be achieved by knowing the hazards and risks it is intended control. The Hazards and Risks of the tasks can only be identified by completing a suitable and sufficient Risk or COSHH assessment. Guidance on completing such assessments can be found in HSC002 Policy and Guidance and the Use of Risk Registers and HSC016 Policy on the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health. Those who do the job the PPE is required for are best placed to know what the hazards and risk are. Therefore they should always be consulted before any PPE is selected Ergonomics of the task There are factors to consider that may make PPE inappropriate or restrict the wearer s ability to perform the task. For example heavy or bulky protective suits will restrict movement or make existing musculoskeletal disorders worse. Workers with latex allergies will not be able to wear latex gloves. Workers with beards may not be able to wear certain respirators. The aim of selecting PPE should be to ensure that it provides maximum protection with minimal discomfort. Factors to be considered are: The physical effort required to do the job. How long the PPE is required for. The requirements for visibility and communication. The health of the wearer. Environmental conditions such as working outside, heating, noise, etc. Taking such considerations into account will mean it is more likely for people to wear them Fit to the wearer People come in a range of shape and sizes so one size of PPE will not fit all. It is therefore sensible that before any PPE is selected samples of it are obtained for evaluation by staff before a decision is made. A range of PPE in different sizes or PPE that can be adjusted to fit the wearer must be provided in all areas that require such. Fit is particularly important in the case of Respiratory or Hearing Protection where a poor fit may seriously reduce the effectiveness. Factors that can adversely influence the protective efficiency of Personal Protective Equipment Policy 6 of 22 Implementation Date:

7 such items can include beards, sideburns or long hair, or the need to wear glasses. Most types of Respiratory Protective masks are unsuitable for bearded staff, as a close fit cannot be achieved. Only equipment, which does not rely on a good face seal e.g. powered visor, is suitable for these people Quality Where selected for use Personal Protective Equipment must be manufactured to a high quality. It is a requirement of the Personal Protective Equipment Regulations that all PPE selected must be CE marked. For the Trust (and to ensure the safety of the wearer) PPE must also comply with the relevant European (EN) standard for that equipment. The details of relevant EN standards for different PPE are given in Appendix 2. Effectiveness and quality of PPE may also be determined by reference to manufacturer's literature. Advice is also available from the Health and Safety Risk manager Main Types of Personal Protective Equipment Available The following are all examples of personal protective equipment that is available. However the list is not exhaustive and should only be used as guidance. The full protection offered will depend upon the style, quality, working environment and competence of the individual Protective clothing for the body Any clothing that is intended to protect the entire body or part of the body. This can include boiler suits, coveralls, ware house coats, outdoor coats, aprons etc. They may be used to protect against the hot and cold environments, chemical and biological hazards, mechanical hazards or a combination of hazards. High visibility clothing is also considered to be protective equipment Eye and Face Protection Eye and face protection can be offered by a variety of goggles, spectacles or face shields. The exact nature of the risk will need to be identified but protection can be against: Impact Safety spectacles with side shields will provide impact protection. Two grades of protections are available (Grade I and Grade II). Staff needing to wear corrective spectacles to carry out a task where impact protection is required can be provided with a pair of safety spectacles to their current prescription. These spectacles can be obtained either from a local optician or from manufacturers who provide a prescription service. Personal Protective Equipment Policy 7 of 22 Implementation Date:

8 Certain types of goggles will also provide impact protection but will in general be less comfortable to wear. Face shields can sometimes be used as an alternative to spectacles or goggles. Dusts, mists, gases, vapours and chemical or biological splash Safety goggles will provide protection from dusts, mists, vapours and chemical or biological liquid splashes. There are styles available that can be worn over normal spectacles. Safety spectacles can provide protection against liquid splashes and are more comfortable to wear than goggles. However, the protection level is not as high. Indirect ventilation goggles will protect against dusts and liquids but not against gas or vapour. Face shields may be used to protect the face from chemical and liquid splashes but additional eye protection will be required to protect against dusts, mists or gases. Non-ionising radiation Spectacles, goggles or face shields can be used to protect against non-ionising radiations (Ultra-violet, Infrared, Lasers, Welding) but they must be selected in accordance with the wavelength of the radiation and should be clearly marked to indicate the protection afforded Head protection Head protection can be provided by a basic Safety Helmet with a peak on the front. It can also be provided by bump caps or other styles of Safety Helmet. Different styles of the basic Safety Helmets can be obtained so that eye protection, face shields, vision lighting, chinstraps and/or ear defenders can be used in conjunction. Where face or respiratory protection is also required then it may be appropriate to use a powered helmet with integral visor Hand Protection Hand protection is provided by a range of different gloves. The style and material of the glove selected will depend upon the nature of the Hazard. Rubber, latex, nitrile, and vinyl gloves can be used for protection when contact with chemical or biological hazards is possible. Personal Protective Equipment Policy 8 of 22 Implementation Date:

9 However, the exact nature of the hazard will need to be considered, along with the breakthrough time of the gloves. The material safety data sheet for any chemical used should also be reviewed. The EN Standard should not be relied on as a sole method for determining the suitability of the glove. For example: Nitrile gloves offer effective protection against solvents and some acids but are unsuitable for Ketones. Latex gloves offer good protection against biological agents but can not be used by certain people who may suffer an allergic reaction. Rubber gloves may offer suitable protection against chemical and biological hazards but the wearer may suffer restricted mobility in the hands. Vinyl gloves only offer limited protection against biological and chemical hazards so should only be used when the risk of contact is minimal. Leather/cotton or Rigger gloves can be used in manual handling operations to provide extra grip and protection against cuts and abrasions. However, they should only be used as a last resort as other control measures such as avoidances of manual handling and the use of lifting aids should be implemented first. Such gloves will also restrict hand movements. Leather or Kevlar gloves can be used for protection against contact with surfaces with high temperatures. Specially insulated gloves can be used for working in cold environments or for protection against cold surfaces Safety footwear Safety footwear may be constructed from firm leather with a steel toe-cap to protect against falling objects. A steel insole may also be incorporated to protect against the risk of standing on exposed sharp objects. Where such risks are being identified then safety footwear must be worn. Safety footwear is also available for protection against electric shock, chemicals and biological hazards. Overshoes that offer limited biological protection are also available. There is now also a variety of footwear with anti-slip soles available. However, caution is recommended with such footwear as the nature of the floor surface and contamination also needs to be considered before such shoes are recommended to prevent slips Respiratory protective equipment (RPE) There is a variety of respiratory protective equipment (RPE) available and it is vital that a suitable type is selected. Therefore, Personal Protective Equipment Policy 9 of 22 Implementation Date:

10 where RPE is required as a control measure, the Health and Safety Risk Manager must be consulted before any choice is made. There are three main varieties of RPE: Respirators, Fresh Air Fed Equipment and Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA). Due to the high level of competence and legal requirements for using the latter two, Trust Employees must not use Fresh Air Fed Equipment or Self Contained Breathing Apparatus. Where RPE is required then respirators must be used. Respirators are any RPE that takes in contaminated air and filters it before it is inhaled. As these rely on the breathing mechanism to work they should only be used in areas where there is sufficient Oxygen. There are several styles of respirators available: Filtering Face Pieces: These fit over the mouth, nose and chin and are used for filtering airborne particulates and should be disposed of after each shift. There are three levels of protection with 1 being the lowest. Disposable Half Masks: These can be used to filter both gases and airborne particulates. They can be reused but the filter elements are not replaceable. If they are kept for use for more than 28 days, they become subject to examination and record keeping under Regulation 9 of COSHH. Half masks: Theses are reusable masks manufactured from rubber or silicone. The filter can be changed to meet the requirements of the wearer for gases, vapours and/or particulates. Full Facemasks: As above but the mask covers the entire face and has a transparent visor. Powered Hoods/Helmets: These devices use a constant flow of filtered air across the breathing zone to provide protection. Protection is provided against particulates, gases and vapours. Powered Assisted Face Masks: These offer protection against particulates, gases and vapours by the use of a constant airflow. They may include half or full masks and will still offer protection equivalent to a standard respirator if the power fails. It is now mandatory when working with Asbestos and under the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 for fit testing of the Respirators to be completed before use. Fit Testing is a way of testing the efficiency of the face to mask seal. There are two types of fit testing Qualitative and Quantitative. Personal Protective Equipment Policy 10 of 22 Implementation Date:

11 Qualitative Fit Test: This gives a Pass or Fail result depending on the RPE wearer s ability to be able to detect (taste or smell) an aerosol when sprayed under controlled conditions. Quantitative Fit Test: This test requires specialist equipment to be able to detect the amount of leakage through a worn mask. This gives a figure known as a Fit Factor. A competent person can only carry out Fit Testing as the different methods are only suitable for certain masks. The Health and Safety Risk manager will provide more information on Fit Testing requirements when necessary Hearing protection Hearing Protection must reduce the noise level at the wearer s ear to at least 85dB(A) and ideally to around 80dB(A). Therefore where there is a significant noise hazard, noise measurements will need to be completed so that the correct hearing protection can be chosen. Hearing protection comes in three main varieties; each will reduce the noise levels by different amounts: Ear Plugs: These fit into the ear canal and are manufactured in a variety of materials such as plastic, rubber, silicone, glass down or a combination of these materials. They work by totally blocking out all noises. However, they are not ideal ear protection, as they tend to move out of place with jaw movements. Ear Valves: These also fit into the ear canal but allow ordinary conversation to continue while preventing harmful noise reaching the ear. This is achieved by the presence of built-in baffles that filter out louder noises. However, they can still move out of place and it needs to be assured that the valves are filtering out the correct frequency of noise. Ear Defenders: These cover the whole ear and can reduce exposure by up to 50dB at certain frequencies. They may also incorporate built-in baffles to filter out certain frequencies of sound. They can be uncomfortable in hot conditions and not compatible with spectacles or goggles Limitations of Personal Protective Equipment Personal Protective Equipment only protects the person wearing it. It takes no account for other individuals who may be exposed in the environment. Controlling hazards and risks at the source will protect everyone so this is always chosen in preference to proving PPE Maximum levels of protection from PPE are rarely achieved in practice. This is because suitable protection can only be achieved if the PPE is Personal Protective Equipment Policy 11 of 22 Implementation Date:

12 well maintained, fitted correctly and the wearer is well trained and supervised. PPE may also restrict the wearers movement, ability to see/or hear and so may cause additional risks Availability, Accommodation and Maintenance of PPE All PPE should be available at the point of use or there should be clear instructions as to where it can be obtained. No work where PPE is required is to take place until such is provided. When not in use suitable accommodation for PPE must be provided in a place that provides protection from contamination and/or damage. Where required there should be suitable systems in place to ensure that such PPE is well maintained, inspected and tested regularly in accordance with manufacturers guidelines Record Keeping Records must be kept with respect to the following: All training in the use of PPE. Any inspections and maintenance of multiple use PPE. Any reported defect in PPE Charges for PPE Where PPE is required as a control measure it will be issued free of charge to the user. 7. TRAINING 7.1. Mandatory Training Training required to fulfil this policy will be provided in accordance with the Trust s Training Needs Analysis. Management of training will be in accordance with the Trust s Statutory and Mandatory Training Policy Specific Training not covered by Mandatory Training Ad hoc training sessions based on an individual s training needs as defined within their annual appraisal or job description. Only competent people must use PPE. Therefore, all Trust employees who have to use PPE must be informed of the reasons why PPE is necessary, what it will protect against and what its limitations are. Employees must also be informed of what action they have to take in order for the PPE to remain effective. This is particularly important in the case of Respiratory Protective Equipment. Anyone involved in maintaining, repairing and testing of PPE will also need specific training. Personal Protective Equipment Policy 12 of 22 Implementation Date:

13 The level of the training required will depend upon the nature of the hazards, severity of risks and the type of PPE used. Training for the safe use of PPE must cover both the theoretical and practical aspects. Theoretical aspects of training must include: An explanation of the hazards and risks present and why PPE is needed. The effectiveness and limitations of the equipment. Instructions on the selection, use and storage of the PPE. Information of factors that can adversely affect performance. Instruction on how to recognise defects and information on how to report losses or defects. Practical training should cover: Demonstrations and practise in putting on, adjusting and removing the equipment. Instruction, demonstrations and practice on inspection and, where applicable, testing equipment prior to use. Demonstrations, practise and instruction in the cleaning, maintenance and replacing of component parts where required. 8. MONITORING COMPLIANCE WITH THIS DOCUMENT The table below outlines the Trusts monitoring arrangements for this document. The Trust reserves the right to commission additional work or change the monitoring arrangements to meet organisational needs. Aspect of compliance or effectiveness being monitored Duties Managers conducting PPE assessments Method of monitoring Individual responsible for the monitoring Monitoring frequency To be addressed by the monitoring activities below. Health and Safety Inspection/Audit Health, Safety and Security Officer Annual Group or committee who receive the findings or report Safer Services and Environment Group Group or committee or individual responsible for completing any actions Safer Services and Environment Group Where a lack of compliance is found, the identified group, committee or individual will identify required actions, allocate responsible leads, target completion dates and ensure an assurance report is represented showing how any gaps have been addressed. 9. REFERENCES AND BIBLIOGRAPHY Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 HSE 5 steps to a risk assessment Personal Protective Equipment Policy 13 of 22 Implementation Date:

14 10. RELATED TRUST POLICY HSC002 Policy and Guidance in the Use of Risk Registers HSC016 - Policy on the Control of Substance Hazardous to Health Personal Protective Equipment Policy 14 of 22 Implementation Date:

15 APPENDIX 1 GUIDE TO COMPLETING THE PPE ASSESSMENT FORM Service & Location 1 Brief Description of Activity Directorate Hazard to be Controlled (circle) Chemical Biological Heat Cold Noise Sharps Falling Objects Radiation Other (Specify) Part of Body to be Protected 2 (circle) Whole Body Head Eyes/Face Ears Lungs Hands/Arms Legs Feet Further Details of Risk or Ergonomic Considerations 3 Type of Personal Protective Equipment Required (circle) Coveralls Safety Helmet Safety Glasses/Goggles Ear Protection Respirator Gloves High Visibility 4 Safety Shoes Other Details of PPE Selected Manufacturer: Model: CE Marked: Yes/No (delete as appropriate) EN Number: Material: Compatibility Issues 5 Training, Storage and Maintenance Requirement 6 Overall Assessment of PPE (explain how PPE will protect the wearer) Name of Assessor Job Title: Signature Date: 7 Review of this assessment will be required yearly of if the activity changes Personal Protective Equipment Policy 15 of 22 Implementation Date:

16 1 Enter the service, location and the directorate under which the activity that requires the PPE occurs. Then give a brief description of why the PPE is required. Also make reference to the risk assessment that has indicated that such is required. 2 Indicate on the form the hazard that the PPE is to protect against and the part of the body to be protected. 3 Give further details of the actual risks the hazard causes. For examples eye/face splash from liquid chemicals, crushed toes from dropped objects, inhalation of harmful dusts etc. Also consider what ergonomic restrictions the PPE may cause. 4 Indicate on the form the type of personal protective equipment that has been selected. 5 Enter the manufacturer details, and other relevant information. Enter the relevant EN number as this will identify the type of protection offered. Also state if there are any compatibility issues with other PPE that may be worn. 6 Enter the training, storage and maintenance (including testing) requirements for the PPE and how this will be implemented. 7 Make overall assessment of the PPE and state how it is suitable or any limitations to the PPE i.e. Protection will only be achieved if wearer follows all training and uses PPE correctly. Personal Protective Equipment Policy 16 of 22 Implementation Date:

17 APPENDIX 2 DETAILS OF EN STANDARDS FOR PPE Protective Clothing for the Body Protective clothing for the body can give protection against chemicals, heat and cold. High visibility clothing may also be required in certain areas. The relevant standards for these are as follows: EN340 General requirement for protective clothing in relation to material, size, ageing, performance, markings, instructions for use, and fitness for purpose. EN342 Clothing for protection against the cold. EN533 Clothing for protection against heat and flame. EN470 Protective clothing for use in welding etc. EN471 High visibility and reflective clothing. EN465: Type 4 Clothing for the protection against chemicals (Spray Type). EN466: Type 3 Clothing protection against chemicals (Liquid Type). Head Protection EN397 Safety Helmets and head protection. Eye and Face Protection Eye and face protection can be achieved by the use of spectacles, goggles or face shields. The relevant standards are: EN170 For eye protection against light sources at UV wavelength. EN171 For eye protection against light sources at IR wavelength. EN207 For eye protection against lasers. EN379 For eye and face protection for welding activities. EN166 For eye protection against impacts, dusts, mists, gases and chemical or biological splash. EN166 standard can include the following sub numbers/letters for different properties: Frame Lens Optical class Refractive tolerance dio 1 Refractive tolerance +0.12dio 2 Refractive tolerance +0.12/0.25 dio 3 Personal Protective Equipment Policy 17 of 22 Implementation Date:

18 Mechanical Strength General Purpose S Low-energy Impact (Grade 2-125ft/s) F F Medium energy Impact (Grade 1 360ft/s) B B High-energy Impact (570ft/s) A A Field of use Basic Liquids (chemical) 3 Large Dust Particles (dust) 4 Gas and fine dust Particles (gas) 5 Short Circuit Electric Arc 6 Molten metals and Hot Solids 9 9 Optional requirements Resistance to misting Resistance to surface damage N K Hand Protection EN374 Gloves for the protection against chemical and biological hazards. This standard is rated from 1-6 with 1 being the lowest performance rating. EN388 Gloves for the protection against mechanical risks. This includes: Abrasion (rated 1-4) Blade cut (rated 1-5) Tear (rated 1-4) Puncture (rated 1-4) (where 1 is the lowest performance rating for each category) EN659 Fire fighting gloves. EN421 Gloves for protection against ionising radiation and radiological contamination. EN407 Gloves for the protection against thermal sources (heat and/or fire). This includes protection against: Flammability (rated 0 4) Contact heat (rated 0 4) Convective heat (rated 0 3) Radiant heat (rated 0 4) Small splashes of molten metal (rated 0-4) Large splashes of molten metal (rated 0 4) (with 0 being the lowest performance rating in each category. Each test is optional, an X appears in sequence where no test was carried out) EN511 Gloves for the protection against the cold. This includes resistance to: Convective cold (rating 0 4) Contact cold (rating 0 4), and Personal Protective Equipment Policy 18 of 22 Implementation Date:

19 Permeability to water (rating 0 1) (with 0 being the lowest performance rating in each category) Feet Protection EN345 Safety footwear for mechanical protection. Contain a metal toecap for protection against impact and crushing. This standard has two classes: Class 1: All materials except natural or synthetic polymers. This class has three subsections: S1 Basic properties, anti-static properties, heel energy absorption S2 As S1 and Waterproof S3 As S2 and anti-puncture sole Class 2: Natural and Synthetic Polymers. This class has two subsections: S4 Basic properties, anti-static properties, and heel energy absorption. S5 Like S4 and anti-puncture sole. EN347 Safety footwear, but with no metal toecap for protection against impact and crushing. This contains three categories: O1 Basic properties, hydrocarbon resistant sole, anti-static properties, heel energy absorption O2 As O1 and Waterproof O3 As O2 and anti-puncture sole. Safety footwear may also have lettering to indicate the following: Letter A AN CI CR E HI HRO M ORO/FO P WR WRU Protection Antistatic Ankle Protection Cold Insulation Cut Resistant Energy Absorption of seat region Heat Insulation Heat Resistant Outsole Metatarsal Protection Oil Resistant Outsole Penetration Resistance (Standard for S3 code) Water Resistance Water penetration/absorption Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) Personal Protective Equipment Policy 19 of 22 Implementation Date:

20 EN Standard Respirator Class or Filter EN149 Filtering Face Pieces FFP1 FFP2 FFP3 EN405 Disposable Half Masks FFGASxP1 FFGASxP2 EN140 Half masks P1 P2 P3 GAS FFGASxP3 GAS +P3 EN136 Full Facemasks P2 P3 GAS GAS +P3 PrEN12941 Powered Hoods/Helmets TH1 TH2 TH3 PrEN12942 Powered Assisted Face Masks: TM1 TM2 TM3 Assigned Protection Factor Hearing Protection Hearing Protection is provided by equipment marked with EN352 Personal Protective Equipment Policy 20 of 22 Implementation Date:

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