Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is a control measure and last resort in reducing risk. It I provided where a risk assessment shows it is required. Examples of PPE include safety helmets, dust masks, gloves, safety goggles and safety footwear.
Under the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992, it is a legal requirement for employers to provide suitable PPE to employees where a risk assessment shows it is required.
With the exception of a religious or medical reason, all employers should use PPE safely and properly. If a worker refuses to wear their PPE it should be investigated and it can be considered a disciplinary matter.
Employers are responsible for specifying and providing PPE to contend with the particular hazard. Consultation and involving employees in the selection process is a good way of ensuring use and compliance is achieved.
Employers are legally required to provide equipment that is fit for purpose, maintained and provides the right level of protection. If this is not the case, employees have the right to raise the matter with the employer and raise a grievance.
Yes – the Employment Act 1989 exempts turban-wearing Sikhs from the legal requirement to wear a safety helmet at work, including construction sites.
Yes – there is blue mandatory signage saying which PPE is required and the warning signs.