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From April employers must provide PPE for casual workers

14 January 2022
PPE regulation amendment in April

From April, employers become responsible for supplying PPE to casual workers as well as PAYE employees.

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From April, regulations change to make employers responsible for providing personal protective equipment (PPE) such as hard hats, hi-vis jackets and steel toecap boots to casual workers as well as their PAYE employees.

People who are self-employed or work in their own companies will remain responsible for their own PPE.

The new Personal Protective Equipment at Work (Amendment) Regulations 2022 (PPER 2022) come into force on 6 April.

Apart from the amendment making employers responsible for the provision of PPE for casual workers, the 1992 Regulations (PPER 1992) remain the same.

The change follows a High Court judgement in 2020 making it clear the regulations should apply to casual workers. That judgement was followed by a consultation in the summer last year, when the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) made it clear that the High Court judgement meant the regulations would have to be amended.  

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