Safety Bulletin SB/2022/04 - Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations (2022)

Published: Friday, April 29, 2022 - 15:37

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Safety Bulletin SB/2022/04

Amendments to the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations (PPER 2022) came into force with effective from 6th April 2022.

 

What this means for employers

PPER 1992 placed a duty on every employer in Great Britain to ensure that suitable PPE is provided to ‘employees’ who may be exposed to a risk to their health or safety while at work.

PPER 2022 extends this duty to “Limb (b) workers” and came into force on 6 April 2022. Employers need to carefully consider whether the changes to UK law apply to them and their workforce and make the necessary preparations to comply.

Under the revised regulations, “Limb (b)” is the term used to describe workers who generally have a more casual employment relationship and work under a contract for service – they did not come under the scope of PPER 1992.

What this means for Limb (b) workers

If a risk assessment indicates that a Limb (b) worker requires PPE to carry out their work activities, the employer must carry out a PPE suitability assessment and provide the PPE free of charge as they do for employees.

The employer is responsible for the maintenance, storage, and replacement of any PPE they provide and as workers they are required to use the PPE properly following training and instruction from the employer. If the provided PPE is lost or becomes defective, that should be reported to the employer.

The changes

The HSE guidance relating to the revised regulations may be found on this link.

Personal protective equipment (PPE) at work regulations from 6 April 2022 (hse.gov.uk)

Attachments

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