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Health and Safety (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003

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Amendment of the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1993

5.  The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1993(1) shall be amended –

(a)by substituting for sub-paragraphs (a) and (b) of paragraph (3) of regulation 4 the following sub-paragraphs –

(a)it is appropriate for the risk or risks involved, the conditions at the place where exposure to such risk or risks may occur, and the period for which it is worn;

(b)it takes account of ergonomic requirements and the state of health of the person or persons who may wear it, and of the characteristics of the workstation of each such person;;

(b)by adding to regulation 4 the following paragraph –

(4) Where it is necessary to ensure that personal protective equipment is hygienic and otherwise free of risk to health, every employer and every self-employed person shall ensure that personal protective equipment provided is provided to a person for use only by him.;

(c)in paragraph (2) of regulation 6 –

(i)by deleting the word “and” after sub-paragraph (b);

(ii)by substituting a semi-colon for the full stop at the end of sub-paragraph (c) and after that by adding the word “and”; and

(iii)by adding after sub-paragraph (c) the following sub-paragraph –

(d)an assessment as to whether the personal protective equipment is compatible with other personal protective equipment which is in use and which an employee would be required to wear simultaneously.;

(d)in paragraph (1) of regulation 9 –

(i)by substituting a comma for the full stop at the end of sub-paragraph (c); and

(ii)by adding after sub-paragraph (c) the words “and shall ensure that such information is kept available to employees.”;

(e)by adding after paragraph (2) of regulation 9 the following paragraph –

(3) Without prejudice to the generality of paragraph (1) the employer shall, where appropriate, and at suitable intervals, organise demonstrations in the wearing of personal protective equipment..

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