488. Assessment of personal protective equipment.

488.     Assessment of personal protective equipment.

Before choosing any personal protective equipment1 which he is required to ensure is provided2, an employer or relevant self-employed person must ensure that an assessment is made to determine whether the personal protective equipment he intends to provide is suitable3.

The assessment must include:


    (1)     an assessment of any risk or risks to health or safety which have not been avoided by other means4;


    (2)     the definition of the characteristics which personal protective equipment must have in order to be effective against such risks, taking into account any risks which the equipment