Machinery work can be extremely hazardous and in addition to safe work methods being established and implemented workers need to be provided with the adequate personal protective equipment to minimise the harm done by accidental contact with dangerous machinery parts.
These PPE include gloves, long sleeve clothing etc. that are designed to reduce the risk from certain hazards in a workplace, such as contact with sharp edges, hot surfaces or limiting exposure to dangerous chemicals or atmospheres.
Workers need to remember that PPE can also increase risks in some operations, in particular the risk of entanglement with rotating components. Workers should also be aware that PPE should not be the only safety measure employed, but should actually be the last control measure.
Where PPE is used at a workplace, it should be appropriate for all tasks being performed. Where different tasks require different PPE, the safe work procedures should specify this, and there should be measures in place to reduce the risk of workers accidentally using incorrect PPE. Workers should be trained on the correct PPE for every situation and how to utilise it effectively. An example of the types of issues the training should cover includes not wearing gloves when operating rotating machinery.