The law surrounding the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) came into force April 2022. The law states that PPE must be provided cost free, to all workers. This includes casual staff, contractors and irregular workers. However, this law does not apply to those who are self-employed who make their own arrangements.


“Most organisations will likely have already been providing PPE based on the nature of the role itself rather than the status of the person doing it” Mark Hamilton, a partner at Law firm Denton’s.


Previously, workplaces would have made it a condition of work for the worker to supply their own PPE. Further to the supply, employers are now responsible for storing and replacing of defective PPE. This also extends to include items such as goggles, hard hats, jackets, masks and ear defenders. It is also important for the employer to provide training on how to use the kit. Other PPE laws also apply to employers with specific risks, such as for those working on roads with radiation lead exposure, asbestos, noise or substances hazardous to health.


Employers must carry out risk assessments if any workplace situation indicates that PPE should be worn. Employers can identify risks by carrying our risk assessments. It is important to note that inspectors can enter any business premises at any time with actions ranging from verbal or written advice to stator enforcement or prosecution.