HSE Construction eBulletin: April 2022

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PPE at work regulations have changed

The Personal Protective Equipment at Work (Amendment) Regulations 2022 (PPER 2022) came into force on 6 April.  They amend the 1992 Regulations (PPER 1992).


Under PPER 2022, the types of duties and responsibilities on employers and employees under PPER 1992 will extend to limb (b) workers, as defined in PPER 2022.


If PPE is required, employers must ensure their workers have sufficient information, instruction and training on the use of PPE.


Our revised PPE guidance explains how you can comply with the Regulations. It includes:

  • details of the types of PPE available
  • the hazards that may require PPE to be used
  • advice on the selection, use and maintenance of PPE

This includes a revised version of our publication Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 (as amended) Guidance on regulations, which includes information on conformity marking, following the UK’s exit from the EU.

COVID-19 restrictions are being replaced by public health advice

COVID-19 will remain a public health issue and guidance for workplaces is being replaced with public health advice.


You can check the latest position and timescales for the nation you are working in:

HSE no longer requires every business to consider COVID-19 in their risk assessment or to have specific measures in place.


There is a requirement to protect those who come into contact with the virus due to their work activity.


Our web page for workplaces on COVID-19 provides more information and links to public health and other government body advice.


You can find guidance on the circumstances when you should make a report under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR).


HSE will continue to expect employers to comply with the requirements for cleaning and ventilation in the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992.


Construction sites must provide adequate facilities in line with the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015.

Other news and publications

Construction Leadership Council (CLC) - latest annual report and plan

CLC is a cross industry voluntary organisation that brings together all parts of the construction industry in partnership with Government to tackle the short- and long-term challenges faced and to drive transformational change in performance.


Health and safety and building safety are two of CLC’s twelve workstreams set up to address the biggest issues facing the sector. 


Download the CLC 2021 Annual Review and Plan for 2022


Publication of HSE Research Report - Asbestos exposures to workers in the licensed asbestos removal industry (RR1176)

The aim of this research was to provide information on asbestos exposures to licensed removal workers in GB and to assess compliance of work practices with HSE guidance.


The findings of the research are being used to inform HSE communication with stakeholders and updates to HSE guidance. 


View RR1176

Upcoming HSE training and events

There are a range of upcoming virtual and in-person training courses and events organised by HSE.


Upcoming courses and events include:

Find out more about HSE's training and events

Recent HSE enforcement activity


Links for further guidance and information: Electricity – underground cables


Structural stability

Links for further guidance and information: Structural stability

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