PPE regulations have changed – how will these changes affect your organisation?
On the 6th April the regulations for PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) changed and became PPER 2022. Depending on your organisational set up, these changes may have an impact on your business and your operating methods. We have taken a look at the changes in partnership with Cardinus Risk Management, so you can make sure you have the right procedures in place to protect your teams.
PPE is used by an individual to protect them against the likelihood of harm and typically includes gloves, boots, googles and headgear. PPE relies on the individual to wear the equipment correctly and to maintain it, to remain effective and fit for use.
Whilst the core duty of the regulations including the obligation to supply appropriate and correctly stored PPE free of charge to workers remains the same, they are being extended to include limb (b) workers. Currently they only cover limb (a) workers who are employees who have a contract of employment.
Who are Limb (b) workers?
Limb (b) workers are those who have casual employment and work under a contract for service. They did not fall under the previous PPER 1992 regulations. The new regulations PPER 2022 now includes these workers.
The PPE requirements for employers of limb (b) workers are as follows:
- The provision of PPE free of charge, required in order for limb (b) workers to carry out their duties
- An assessment of the risks posed to limb (b) workers, and an assessment of the PPE required in relation to the identified risks, ensuring its suitability for use.
- The provision of suitable PPE equipment to allow limb (b) workers to carry out any control measures that have been put in place.
- To ensure that all PPE is properly maintained, stored correctly and used correctly.
- Provide training and instruction in the use of PPE for all workers.
As an employer of a limb (b) worker you are also required to carry out risk assessments, identifying all potential hazards, who might be harmed and how. These assessments should be regularly reviewed.
Managing risk with PPE equipment
For further detailed information on PPE – what it is and why and how to use it, please see this article from Cardinus Risk Management.
At Barnes Commercial we can support you with a range of risk management services, including risk assessments, risk management advice and guidance, and online training courses for your team.