PPE Project & Matrix
I looked at this some time ago and decided the only benefit is keeping someone employed.
The value in the exercise was far outstripped by the cost associated with setting it up and updating. Just a few thoughts
- PPE goes with a hazardous task, not a role
- broadly speaking you should have no expiry dates. PPE needs to be fit for purpose. Which is usually decided by use not some dates (we replace safety boots each year - which is a poor financial decision as many boots still remain fit for purpose. We do it simply as a "feel good" exercise), other things like respirators, overalls, glasses, hearing protection all get replaced as required - when they are used / damaged to the point they are no longer fit for purpose.
- PPE should be inspected at the end of each shift by the last user- thus a reasonable time is given to allow for replacement.
- Employees have health and safety duties (as do managers). Its about time something basic like checking PPE is put on their shoulders.
I don't use a matrix. I just have a risk, within a specific work area (because the same risk may require a different solution in a different work area) and PPE is applied to that risk in that area. I am looking for a bit more precision than that found on a matrix. And a matrix only adds another bit of paper to a process.