Personal Protective Equipment in the work place (PPE)
Personal protective equipment or “PPE” is the term used for work equipment that your employer must provide at its own expense to protect employees who may be exposed to a risk to their health and safety whilst at work.
Typical PPE can be:
- Safety goggles;
- Steel toe capped boots;
- Protective gloves;
- Ear defenders;
- Knee pads;
- Breathing equipment;
- Safety harnesses
- Life jackets
- Clothing that protects employees from the effects of the weather (if they are exposed to it during the course of their employment).
But that is not an exhaustive list. It can be anything that might reasonably protect you, the employee, against the risk of injury whilst at work.
How does my employer know what risk I’m exposed to?
Every employer has to carry out risk assessments of any work activity that they ask an employee to carry out in the course of their employment. That assessment has to identify any potential hazards to health as well as put in place steps to reduce the risk of harm. The risk assessment needs to be recorded in writing so there is a record of the employers thinking about how it could have protected the health and safety of its employees.
If you have had an accident at work and suffered a personal injury that was not your fault, and you feel could have been avoided if correct personal protective equipment had been provided to you, then get in touch.
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At Personal Injury Solicitors Manchester we are experts in work place accidents and have recovered hundreds of thousands of pounds in compensation for accident victims who should have been provided with the correct personal protective equipment at work.
What’s the law that says my employer has to provide PPE?
There are lots of Health and Safety Regulations that protect you at work. The main one is The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 which was created under the Health and Safety at Work etc., Act 1974. These regulations apply in any work place situation where there is a risk of harm to an employee that can be reduced with the provision of protective equipment unless there is a specific requirement for PPE in other regulations. For example, the provision of hearing protection has its own set of regulations to be complied with. If in doubt, our qualified solicitors at Personal Injury Solicitors Manchester can advise you of your rights.
Where can I find out more about my rights?
The Health and Safety Executive, the organisation responsible for enforcing the provisions of Health and Safety law has a very helpful website which can be found at: http://www.hse.gov.uk/
What is a statutory instrument or regulation?
They are specific sets of regulation, that people are legally obliged to follow, created to allow the provisions of an Act of Parliament to be brought into force. Parliament creates an Act of Parliament (also called Statute or primary legislation) and Government Ministers then have to create Statutory Instruments or Regulations (secondary legislation) to carry out the wishes of Parliament when it created a particular Statute.
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