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PPE regulations clarified

A good starting point for those individuals or organisations wanting to find out about PPE regulations is the HSE guide on the subject.

A Short Guide to the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations, INDG174, is available from HSE Books. Alternatively the booklet can be downloaded from the HSE website here.

The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 is based on European Council (EC) Directive 89/656/EEC requiring similar basic laws throughout the European Union on the use of PPE in the workplace.

HSE information about the UK PPE regulations

The Regulations came into force on 1 January 1993. They have subsequently been amended by the Police (Health and Safety) Regulations 1999 SI 1999/860, the Ionising Radiations Regulations 1999 SI 1999/3232 and the Health and Safety (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2002 SI 2002/2174.

The Regulations do not apply to hearing protection and to respiratory protective equipment for most work activities, as these are covered by other regulations.

Full guidance on these including selection, use and maintenance are included in the publications L108 Reducing noise at work: Guidance on the Noise at Work Regulations 1989 and HSG53 Respiratory protective equipment at work: A practical guide. Both of these publications are available from HSE Books http://books.hse.gov.uk/.

These regulations should not be confused with the Personal Protective Equipment Regulations 2002, which deal with the design, manufacture and supply of PPE. Further information on these regulations is available on the DTI website (www.berr.gov.uk/).

Gaining a clear understanding of the regulations is a necessary step in ensuring safe working practices in your workplace.

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HSE is the national independent watchdog for work-related health, safety and illness. They are an independent regulator and act in the public interest to reduce work-related death and serious injury across Great Britain’s workplaces.

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