Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations (1992)

Employers have basic duties concerning the provision and use of personal protective equipment (PPE) at work.

PPE is defined in the Regulations 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".

Examples include:

  • Safety helmets
  • Gloves
  • Eye protection
  • High-visibility clothing
  • Safety footwear
  • Safety harnesses

Hearing protection and respiratory protective equipment are not covered as other regulations apply to them. Links for these can be found under 'Further Information' section below.

The main requirements of the PPE at Work Regulations is that PPE is to be supplied and used at work wherever there are risks to health and safety that cannot be adequately controlled in other ways. It is also required that PPE is:

  • Properly assessed before use to ensure suitability;
  • Maintained and stored properly;
  • Provided with instructions on how to use it safely; and
  • Used correctly by employees.

A Short Guide to the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 provides more information on the following:

  • Can I charge for providing PPE?
  • Assessing suitable PPE
  • The hazards and type of PPE
  • Training
  • Maintenance
  • CE Marking

Further Guidance on these Regulations can be found on the HSE website.