PPE Online Training

  • Considers where Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) fits in the hierarchy of risk controls, including how to consider controls which are more reliable than PPE.
  • Outlines how responsibilities for providing and using PPE are shared between employers and employees.
  • Explores the range of Personal Protective Equipment available, its benefits and limitations.
  • Explains how to use, maintain and store PPE to maintain its effectiveness


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RoSPA Approved


The EssentialSkillz PPE online training considers the role of personal protective equipment within a safe system of work.  It explains the importance of considering other measures further up the hierarchy of controls (elimination of hazards, reduction of risk, collective protection etc) before resorting to PPE.

The PPE training explains different types of PPE, and how and when to use them. Common workplace signs used to indicate PPE must be worn are illustrated and recognition of those signs is tested within the course. The benefits and limitations of PPE are discussed. The responsibilities of employers to select, maintain and replace PPE are covered, along with the users’ responsibilities to follow instructions and training on usage, storage and care of PPE.

Questions and interactive exercises, such as matching tasks, are used to prompt the user to think about how to apply the lessons learnt in the course. Like all EssentialSkillz courses, this PPE course can be customised to meet your needs, enabling your workforce to understand the specific policies and procedures you have developed for your organisation. A designated course administrator can edit the text and images within the course, and link to organisation-specific documentation that may be in place, all at no extra cost.


Course Objectives

  • To explain the role of PPE in keeping you safe in the workplace.
  • To detail both the employer and employee responsibilities with regard to PPE.
  • To identify typical examples of PPE and recognise the safety signs that specify their use.
  • To understand the importance of correctly using, maintaining and storing PPE.

Course Details


On successful completion of the test users can download and print a certificate.

The course is RoSPA approved


The course lasts approximately 45 minutes, although this can depend on the level of existing knowledge.


Users are required to take a final test consisting of 10 default questions. The default pass mark is 70%

The course administrator within your organisation can:

  • Change the pass mark
  • Implement the random test question feature which selects 10 questions from a bank of 20.
  • Can specify that more than 10 questions must be answered (up to the full bank of 20 questions)

Target Audience

The course is suitable for both those who need to wear PPE as part of a safe system of work, and those tasked with considering how PPE fits into the risk assessment of a task or location.

Although examples are given to help people think about selection of different types of PPE, the courses is not a substitute for technical advice on choosing specific PPE variants to match particular hazards. Always obtain information from the manufacturer or supplier as to the suitability of PPE (especially RPE and gloves) for the substances to which users will be exposed.