HSE Updates PPE Guidance

The HSE has released an eBulletin regarding updates to PPE guidance, it reads as follows:

On 6 April 2022 the Personal Protective Equipment at Work (Amendment) Regulations 2022 (PPER 2022) came into force and amend the 1992 Regulations (PPER 1992).

They extend employers’ and employees’ duties regarding personal protective equipment (PPE) to limb (b) workers.

HSE has reviewed and updated its guidance to explain the changes.

This includes a revised version of the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 guidance (L25).

What has changed?

Under PPER 2022, the types of duties and responsibilities on employers and employees under PPER 1992 will extend to limb (b) workers, as defined in PPER 2022.

If PPE is required, employers must ensure their workers have sufficient information, instruction and training on the use of PPE.

A limb (b) worker will have the duty to use the PPE in accordance with their training and instruction, and ensure it is returned to the storage area provided by their employer.

Our revised guidance provides practical advice on how you can comply with the requirements of the Regulations. It includes details of the types of PPE available, the hazards that may require PPE to be used, and advice on the selection, use and maintenance of PPE.

The updated publication also includes guidance on conformity marking, following the UK’s exit from the EU.