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Personal protective equipment (PPE) is the control measure of last resort . It is covered by the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations, which require:

■ PPE to be suitable for wearer and task;

■ PPE to be compatible with any other personal protective equipment;

■ a risk assessment to be undertaken to determine best PPE;

■ a suitable PPE maintenance programme;

■ suitable storage arrangements for the PPE;

■ information, instruction and training for the user of the PPE;

■ supervision of the use of PPE; and

■ a system for reporting defects.