Personal protective equipment (PPE)

Personal protective equipment exemptions


The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations do not apply to:

  • ordinary work clothes and uniforms which do not protect the health and safety of the wearer
  • equipment used for playing competitive sports
  • portable devices for detecting and signalling risks and nuisances

The PPE regulations don't apply where other laws already oblige employers to provide personal protective equipment. These are the:

If you're unsure of your obligations, call the HSENI Helpline on Tel 0800 032 0121.

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    0800 032 0121
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