PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
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Health and Safety
equipment (PPE) at work
This leaflet describes what you, as an employer, may need to do to protect your
employees from the risk of injury in the workplace. It will also be useful to
employees and their representatives.
Employers have duties concerning the provision and use of personal protective
equipment (PPE) at work and the leaflet explains what you need to do to meet the
requirements of the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 (as
What is PPE?
PPE is equipment that will protect the user against health or safety risks at work. It
can include items such as safety helmets and hard hats, gloves, eye protection,
high-visibility clothing, safety footwear and safety harnesses.
Hearing protection and respiratory protective equipment provided for most work
situations are not covered by these Regulations because there are other more
specific regulations that apply to them. However, these items need to be compatible
with any other PPE provided.
Cycle helmets or crash helmets worn by employees on the roads are not covered by
the Regulations. Motorcycle helmets are legally required under road traffic legislation.
The Employment Act 1989 gives an exemption for turban-wearing Sikhs working on
construction sites from the need to wear head protection.
What do the Regulations require?
PPE should be used as a last resort. Wherever there are risks to health and safety
that cannot be adequately controlled in other ways, the Personal Protective
Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 require PPE to be supplied free of charge.
The Regulations also require that PPE is:
■■ properly assessed before use to make sure it is fit for purpose;
■■ maintained and stored properly;
■■ provided with instructions on how to use it safely;
■■ used correctly by employees.
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