HSE consulted on changes to the PPER 1992, which closed in August 2021, have now been published and will come into effect on 6th April 2022.
The aim of the consultation was to understand the impact on stakeholders and businesses of extending the scope of the employers’ duties under the PPER to workers and not only employees.
In November 2020, a court judgement found that the implementation of the Personal Protective Equipment Directive should extend to limb (b) workers and not just employees.
The changes that will come into effect on 6th April 2022 will realign employers responsibilities to workers regarding the provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
The regulations and accompanying impact assessment extend employers and employees duties in respect of personal protective equipment to workers.
HSE has prepared interim guidance to help employers identify whether they and their workforce may be impacted by the changes and explains what employers may need to do to prepare for the changes.
To report any concerns about health and safety in the workplace, please contact HSE.