The regulations place a duty on every employer to ensure that suitable personal protective equipment is provided to employees who may be exposed to a risk to their health or safety while at work.
PPE should be used as a last resort. Wherever there are risks to health and safety that cannot be adequately controlled in other ways, the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 require PPE to be supplied.The Regulations also require that PPE is:properly assessed before use to make sure it is fit for purpose;maintained and stored properly;provided with instructions on how to use it safely;used correctly by employees. PPE should be CE marked, according to the Personal Protective Equipment Regulations 2002.
Exemption certificates12.—(1) The Secretary of State for Defence may, in the interests of national security, by a certificate in writing exempt—(a)any of the home forces, any visiting force or any headquarters from those requirements of these Regulations which impose obligations on employers; or(b)any member of the home forces, any member of a visiting force or any member of a headquarters from the requirements imposed by regulation 10 or 11;and any exemption such as is specified in sub-paragraph (a) or (b) of this paragraph may be granted subject to conditions and to a limit of time and may be revoked by the said Secretary of State by a further certificate in writing at any time.(2) In this regulation—(a)“the home forces” has the same meaning as in section 12(1) of the Visiting Forces Act 1952(1);(b)“headquarters” has the same meaning as in article 3(2) of the Visiting Forces and International Headquarters (Application of Law) Order 1965(2);(c)“member of a headquarters” has the same meaning as in paragraph 1(1) of the Schedule to the International Headquarters and Defence Organisations Act 1964(3); and(d)“visiting force” has the same meaning as it does for the purposes of any provision of Part I of the Visiting Forces Act 1952
Implements the EU Directive 89/656/EEC
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