PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) Online Course

PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) Online Course

2-3 Hours2-3 Hours
Interactive Interactive
Cost effectiveCost effective

To be able to carry out your job safely, you may need to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to shield your eyes, skin, head, ears or feet.

This short online PPE training course looks at the different types of PPE, how it protects you from harm, and the legal responsibilities of employers and employees. You'll understand when and how to use PPE properly, to make sure you comply with health and safety standards.


By the end of this 2-3 hour online PPE course, you will:

  • Understand why PPE is important
  • Know what the law expects of employers and employees
  • Appreciate the need for risk assessments
  • Be aware of when you need PPE, and when you don't
  • Know how to choose the right PPE and use it effectively
  • Understand why safety signs are important
  • Explain the correct way to store and maintain equipment
  • Regonise and be able to use different kinds of protective equipment for eyes and skin
  • Be familiar with head, body, foot and ear protection


This online course covers the following topics:

  • An introduction to personal protective equipment
  • What does heath and safety law say about PPE?
  • Responsibilities for employers and employees
  • Why PPE is important
  • Different types of PPE and how to use it
  • When personal protective equipment is needed
  • Risk assessments – what are they and how to carry one out
  • The dangers of fake or ill-fitting PPE
  • The cost of PPE – who pays?
  • Safety signs and maintenance
  • Respiratory protective equipment (RPE) and filters
  • Skin protection - when it's needed and how to use it effectively
  • Eye protection - when it's needed and how to use it effectively
  • Head protection - why it's important, when it's needed and ensuring proper use
  • Types of ear protection and when it's needed
  • Sound measuring equipment and exposure action values
  • Body protection - types of protection, high visibility and sun exposure
  • Foot protection - when it's needed and how to use it effectively


At the end of this course, you will take an online exam containing 20 multiple-choice questions. The exam is marked automatically and you’ll find out your results straight away. A pass mark of 80% is required, however, if you are unsuccessful, you can re-take the exam as many times as you need to at no extra charge.

Who is this Course for?

This online course is for anyone who works in a high-risk environment, carrying out activities that need additional protection above and beyond standard health and safety procedures.

If you're an employer or supervisor, you may be responsible for implementing health and safety measures, choosing suitable PPE and supplying it to your workers. Make sure you're able to choose the right PPE for the right activity, to comply with legal requirements and keep everyone safe.

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