Personal Protective Equipment
If it isn’t possible to eliminate the risk or sufficiently limit the collective protection or measures of organization of work, the employer must provide employees with personal protective equipment. Personal protective equipment is protective equipment that must protect workers against risks, it can’t endanger their health, must not hinder the performance of work and must meet the requirements set in special legislation (Government Regulation no. 21/2003 Coll., laying down technical requirements for personal protective equipment, as amended). Personal protective equipment is divided into three categories, which are: Category I: Personal protective equipment of simple design, which is based on the fact that the user can assess by himself the level of protection provided against individual gradually performing minimal risks, which can be identified by the user safely and on time, the examination is not required. Category II: Personal protecting equipment doesn’t meet the requirements for classification in categories I. and III.; Category III: Personal protective equipment of complex design intended to protect against mortal danger or against dangers that may seriously and irreversibly harm the health and where the design is based on the fact that the user cannot identify their immediate effects in sufficient time.