There are several pieces of legislation relating to the use of equipment in the workplace and two examples are:
- The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations Regulation 4(1)
Requires employers to ensure that suitable PPE (including breathing apparatus) is provided.
- The Confined Spaces Regulations (CSR) ACOP 99 of the Confined Spaces Regulations
Stipulates: - Where RPE is provided or used in connection with confined space entry or for emergency or rescue, it should be suitable for the purpose for which it is intended, i.e., correctly selected and matched both to the job and wearer. RPE will not normally be suitable unless it is breathing apparatus. For most cases breathing apparatus would provide the standard protection for entry into confined spaces. Any RPE should comply with the Personal Protective Equipment (EC Directive) Regulations 1992 (displaying a “CE mark”), or where these provisions are not appropriate, be of a standard or to a type approved by HSE.
Other regulations contain provisions as regards its suitability, compatibility with other PPE, assessment of PPE, maintenance and replacement of PPE, storage for PPE, information, instruction and training regarding the PPE and the use of PPE.