Guide

Personal protective equipment

Introduction

Workers in many roles may require special protective equipment at work. Employers are legally obliged to provide their employees with such equipment if necessary.

If you are self-employed and your work exposes you to a health and safety risk, you are also required to use protective equipment.

Personal protective equipment covers a wide range of items, from high-visibility clothing for roadside workers to steel toe-capped boots for tree fellers.

This guide outlines types of businesses and scenarios exempt from the regulations or covered by separate legislation.

This guide also looks in detail at how to choose and maintain protective equipment for the entire body.