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PPE regulations to be extended from April

13 January 2022

According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) the Personal Protective Equipment at Work (Amendment) Regulations 2022 (PPER 2022) will come into effect on 6 April.

This is will update the PPER 1992 and require those employing workers classified as ‘limb (b)’ to provide them with the necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) to complete their tasks safely.

While employers have been required to supply PPE for their employees for some time, this will be the first time they have had to do this for those working under a contract for service.

The HSE describes limb (b) workers as those “who generally have a more casual employment relationship and work under a contract of service”. More details of limb (b) worker status can be seen here

Guidance from the HSE states that risk assessments will need to be completed to identify whether PPE is required.

If this reveals the need for limb (b) workers to use PPE, the employer will then be required to supply this free of charge.

Employers will also be responsible for the maintenance, storage and replacement of any PPE issued, while also providing appropriate training to ensure that workers use this in the correct manner.

Further information on the requirements of PPE 2022 and related legislation can be found here.

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