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HSE - Guidance

Personal protective equipment at work (Third edition)

This guidance is primarily for employers and relevant self-employed persons but may also be useful for employees and those selecting PPE.

The key messages are:

  • It is essential that employers put in place all necessary safe systems of work, control measures and engineering solutions so that use of PPE is minimised
  • Where PPE is needed it must be the most appropriate for the identified risk and should only be issued where it further reduces the level of risk
  • PPE is a safeguard of last resort since it only protects the individual wearer

Changes to the guidance since the last edition:

  • It details changes to the provisions for head protection for turban wearing Sikhs following an amendment to the Employment Act 1989
  • It details changes required due to an amendment to Section 3(2) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 relating to self-employed persons

Involving your workforce in health and safety

This guide is aimed at supporting employers in their legal duty to consult and involve their employees on health and safety matters. It concentrates on examples of how to comply with the Safety Representatives and Safety Committees Regulations 1977 (as amended), and the Health and Safety (Consultation with Employees) Regulations 1996 (as amended).