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Personal protective clothing and equipment (Fact sheet)

Employers have a duty to provide protective clothing and equipment.

The Act now states that the employer is 'to provide' rather than to 'ensure that there is provided' and the wording clarifies that while it is the employer's responsibility to ensure the clothing or equipment is worn, the employee has a responsibility to wear it. An employer cannot satisfy the duty by paying an allowance or extra remuneration instead of providing the equipment. Neither can they comply by requiring the employee to provide his or her own equipment or clothing as a precondition to or as a condition of an employment agreement.

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Last updated 2 May 2016


On Monday 4 April 2016, the New Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) came into effect.

HSWA repeals the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992, with immediate effect.

All references to the 1992 Act on this website and within our guidance will be progressively removed.