Amendment to the PPE at Work Regulations

Amendment to the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at Work Regulations

On the 6th April 2022 the Personal Protective Equipment at Work (Amendment) Regulations 2022 will come into force and amend the 1992 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Regulations.

The duties regarding Personal Protective Equipment under this amendment will remain unchanged but the responsibilities on employers and employees will be extended to limb (b) workers.

A limb (b) worker is one who generally has a more casual employment relationship and works under a contract for service, such as those that carry out casual work for one or more organisations.

The 1992 PPE Regulations placed a duty on every employer in Great Britain to ensure that suitable PPE is provided to their ‘employees’ who may be exposed to a health or safety risk while at work. This amendment now requires employers to carefully consider limb(b) workers and make the necessary changes to comply.

If a risk assessment indicates that a limb (b) worker requires PPE to carry out their work activities, the employer must carry out a PPE suitability assessment and provide the PPE free of charge as they do for employees.

The employer will be responsible for the maintenance, storage, and replacement of any PPE they provide. The worker will be required to use the PPE properly following training and instruction from their employer. If the PPE is lost or becomes defective, then the worker should report that to their employer.

Please note these changes do not apply to those who have a ‘self-employed’ status. Further guidance can be found on

What is Personal Protective Equipment?

The 1992 PPE Regulations define PPE 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 the person against one or more risks to that person’s health or safety, and any addition or accessory designed to meet that objective’.

Where an employer finds PPE to be necessary after a risk assessment, using the hierarchy of controls explained below, they have a duty to provide it free of charge.

Hierarchy of controls

PPE should be regarded as the last resort to protect against risks to health and safety. Engineering controls and safe systems of work should be considered first.

Consider controls in the following order, with elimination being the most effective and PPE being the least effective:

  • Elimination – physically remove the hazard.
  • Substitution – replace the hazard.
  • Engineering controls – isolate people from the hazard.
  • Administrative controls – change the way people work.
  • PPE – protect the worker with personal protective equipment.

More guidance on PPE duties can be found here:

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