17 October 2022
New legislation comes in to play as of the 1st April 2022, affecting all PPE required on site for both permanent and temporary staff.
The definition of worker is set out in the ERA 1996 S.230 as an individual who has entered into or works under - (a) a contract of employment; or (b) any other contract, whether express or implied and (if it is express) whether oral or in writing, whereby the individual undertakes to do or perform personally any work or services for another party to the contract whose status is not by virtue of the contract that of a client or customer or any profession or business undertaking carried on by the individual.
As a reminder, PPE is defined in the regulations as "all equipment (including clothing affording protection against the weather) which is intended to be worn or held by a person at work and which protects the person against one or more risks to that person's health or safety, and any addition or accessory designed to meet that objective."
The employer's duties include the assessment and FREE provision of PPE. Employers must ensure that PPE is suitable for use, it is maintained, replaced and there are other duties around the information, instruction, training, and use of PPE. The employees' and workers' duties under the PPER will include reporting loss and defects in the PPE, using it in accordance with the training and instruction provided, and ensuring PPE is returned to the employer.
Here at Prime Appointments, we are dedicated to complying with all legislations with this particular legislation change, already being in place!
Feel free to contact our team with any questions regarding these new standards as we ensure these are upheld together.