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31st January, 2022

PPE Extended to Workers

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A change to the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 will extend employers existing duties to limb (b) workers.

Limb (b) workers are classified as ‘dependent contractors’ who are registered as self-employed but provide a service to a business.

As an employer, what are my duties?

From April 2022 employers will need to make sure that any limb (b) workers are:

  • provided with suitable PPE if they may be exposed to a health and safety risk whilst at work; and
  • provided with appropriate training and information to use the PPE.

Employers are responsible for the maintenance, storage and replacement of any PPE.

To prepare for this change, it would be beneficial as an employer to conduct a risk assessment to determine whether any of your limb (b) workers will require PPE. Following this, you will need to carry out a PPE suitability assessment which is required by 6 April 2022.

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