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Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992

Employers have duties concerning the provision and use of personal protective equipment (PPE) at work. 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 harnesses.

Cycle helmets or crash helmets worn by employees on the roads are not covered by the Regulations.

What do the Regulations require?

PPE should be used as a last resort when risks to health and safety cannot be adequately controlled in other ways. The Regulations 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 safety
  • used correctly by employees

PPE may be different for each job. Your employer must have considered its suitability for the task in hand.

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