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PPE changes - do they affect you?

Updated: Oct 19, 2023

The Personal Protective Equipment at Work (Amendment) Regulations 2022

On 6th April 2022, The amendment to The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992will bring in changes regarding who you must provide PPE to. The amended regulations do not change the types of duties and responsibilities employers’ and employees’ have regarding personal protective equipment under PPER 1992 but rather extends them to include limb (b) workers.

It can therefore, help to understand what a limb(b) worker is so that you can ascertain if this affects your business. To provide a little clarity here, a sub contractor whom you request to do work, that operates for their own personal gain and can be approached directly to take contracts, would not usually be classed as a limb(b) worker, however, an agency worker might.

It is worth bearing in mind that we enter into HR territory here too, with contracts and employment law determining on what grounds you have tasked someone with working for you. You should be entirely clear on what their employment status is when entering into an agreement.

To find the interim guidance for these amended regulations, visit this section of the HSE website.

If you have any further questions about how the change to the regulation affects your business, please feel free to contact us.

Written by: Hayley Tollervey

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