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Last edited 02 Feb 2022
The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992
The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 came into force on 1st January 1993. They set out the requirements for equipment intended to protect the wearer from health and safety risks.
The regulations define personal protective equipment (PPE) as ‘…all equipment (including clothing affording protection against the weather) which is intended to be worn or held by a person at work and which protects him against one or more risks to his health or safety, and any addition or accessory designed to meet that objective.’
Employers are required to provide PPE for employees who may be exposed to a risk to their health or safety except where that risk has been adequately controlled by other means. Self-employed people are required to provide themselves with PPE.
- Be appropriate for the risks involved and the conditions where exposure to the risk may occur.
- Take account of ergonomic requirements and the state of health of the person or persons who may wear it.
- Be capable of fitting the wearer correctly.
- Be effective to prevent or adequately control the risk.
- Comply with statutory requirements on design or manufacture.
- Be compatible with other PPE.
The contents of the regulations are:
- Introductory Text
- Citation and commencement
- Disapplication of these Regulations
- Provision of personal protective equipment
- Compatibility of personal protective equipment
- Assessment of personal protective equipment
- Maintenance and replacement of personal protective equipment
- Accommodation for personal protective equipment
- Information, instruction and training
- Use of personal protective equipment
- Reporting loss or defect
- Exemption certificates
- Extension outside Great Britain
- Modifications, repeal and revocations directive
- Schedule 1: Relevant Community
- Schedule 2: Modifications
- Schedule 3: Revocations
- Building regulations.
- Cold stress.
- Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH).
- Crane regulations.
- Environmental health.
- Fee for intervention.
- Getting personal about protective equipment.
- Health and safety.
- Health and safety consultant.
- Health and Safety Executive.
- Health and safety file.
- Health and safety inspector.
- Health and safety offences, corporate manslaughter and food safety and hygiene offences definitive guideline.
- Health and safety policy.
- Hi-vis clothing.
- Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.
- Method statement.
- Non-freezing cold injury NFCI.
- Notification to HSE.
- Personal protective equipment.
- Pre-construction information.
- Principal contractor.
- Purchasing personal protective equipment.
- Reporting accidents and injuries on construction sites.
- Work at height regulations.
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