As this topic explains, the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 place duties on employers to protect their employees from hazards within the workplace. Risk assessment may identify personal protective equipment as being part of an overall prevention or control strategy to protect an individual, but it should always be a last resort.

Personal protective equipment is all equipment worn or held by people at work to protect them against one or more risks to their health or safety. This can include protective clothing (gloves, footwear, aprons, helmets, high-visibility wear) as well as protective equipment (eye and face protectors, life jackets, respirators, breathing apparatus, safety harnesses).

There are many different British and European Standards that apply to specific types of PPE. Manufacturers and suppliers should provide information on which standards their products meet. They should also inform organisations of which standard applies to them and is suitable for their requirements.

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