The HSE has revised L25 Personal Equipment at Work: the book which explains the requirements for personal protective equipment (PPE).

This document is known as L25 and its full title is Personal protective equipment at work (third edition). It contains the HSE’s guidance to the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 (PPEWR).

It’s sensible to apply the guidance, as by doing so you should have done enough to comply with the PPEWR .

The Construction (Head Protection) Regulations 1998 were repealed in 2013. However, the HSE wanted to remind employers that by virtue of the PPEWR , hard hats are still required on construction sites if there’s a danger from falling objects.

There have also been changes in the law which allow turban-wearing Sikhs exemption from head protection requirements in most workplaces.

Additionally, the PPEWR have been amended so that some self-employed workers are now exempt. This is because many self-employed workers in low-risk occupations have been removed from the health and safety regime entirely. The revised Regulations include duties for relevant self-employed persons such as, for example, providing themselves with suitable PPE and maintaining it in an efficient state.

Regulation 2(1)(b) and Appendix 1 within L25 outline who is a “relevant self-employed person” . Alongside these legal changes, other references to legislation have been updated with the latest version, e.g. the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 . References and weblinks have also been corrected.

To reflect current HSE thinking, some new paragraphs have been added beneath Regulation 4 emphasising the potential harm associated with unsuitable blanket PPE policies.

Before implementing site-wide policies consider whether the PPE specified is appropriate for all individuals involved and the tasks they’re undertaking. Ensure that wearing it will not place workers at increased risk of harm.

Check that you have facilities to dry out PPE which gets damp. This was missing from previous versions; which has been corrected in the new guidance.

Although the changes to the document are minor, if you wish to use it for reference it’s best to use the latest version. It’s free to download.