The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 is the statutory regulation that means that employers have a duty to ensure protective equipment is supplied and used at work. More commonly known within the workplace as PPE it can include all types of safety equipment include goggles, hard hats, breathing apparatus, reinforced safety boots, overalls and safety harnesses when working at height PPE should be used whenever there are risks to health and safety that cannot be adequately controlled in other ways.
The main requirement of the PPE at Work Regulations 1992 is that personal
protective equipment is to be supplied and used at work wherever there are risks
to health and safety that cannot be adequately controlled in other ways.
The Regulations also require that PPE:
_ is properly assessed before use to ensure it is suitable;
_ is maintained and stored properly;
_ is provided with instructions on how to use it safely; and
_ is used correctly by employees.
The types of injuries associated with lack of personal protective equipment in the workplace can be wide ranging from the common fracture injuries to injuries associated with exposure to noxious fumes and substances that can take decades to materialise such as asbestosis, Bronchitis, Emphysema, Industrial Deafness, Vibration White Finger.
If you have suffered an injury at work that you think could have been avoided if you had been wearing alternative, or any, safety equipment then you may have a right to compensation and it is important that you seek legal advice as soon as possible due to the time limits for making such a claim.
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