Personal Protective Equipment Regulations: Duty Holders in the Workplace.

Personal Protective Equipment Regulations - Duty Holders


The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 impose duties on employers and employees, as well as the self-employed.

Employers and self-employed persons have duties as regards assessment, provision, maintenance and accommodation of personal protective equipment (PPE). Employers also have duties to provide information, instruction and training.

Employees and self-employed persons have duties to use PPE properly and return it to its accommodation after use. Employees also have a duty to report PPE losses or defects.

Designers, manufacturers, importers and suppliers of PPE have related duties under section 6 of the Health and Safety at Work Act. As regards the risks relating to such equipment, these duties include provision of information to help employers assess the suitability of PPE and its capability of protection against risks, as well as to help employers assess and control the health and safety risks of the PPE itself.

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