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Regulations  around Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007, Chapter 3 of Part 2 deal with the use of Personal Protective Equipment in the workplace. Statutory Instrument No. 272/1993 which implements the European Communities (Personal Protective Equipment) Regulations, 1993 provides that these Regulations, which came into operation on the making thereof, implement Council Directive 89/686/EEC on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to personal protective equipment (PPE). They provide that PPE may not be placed on the market or brought into service unless it complies with basic health and safety requirements. PPE is deemed to be in conformity with the Regulations if it bears the CE mark.

Types of Activities and Sectors which require Personal Protective Equipment 

1. Head Protection (Skull Protection) 

Protection helmets

  • Building work, particularly work on, underneath or in the vicinity of scaffolding and elevated places of work, erection and stripping of formwork, assembly and installation work, work on scaffolding and demolition work.
  • Work on steel bridges, steel building construction, masts, towers, steel hydraulic structures, blast furnaces, steel works and rolling mills, large containers, large pipelines, boiler plants and power stations.
  • Work in pits, trenches, shafts and tunnels.
  • Earth and rock works.
  • Work in underground workings, quarries, open diggings, coal stock removal.
  • Work with bolt-driving tools.
  • Blasting work.
  • Work in the vicinity of lifts, lifting gear, cranes and conveyors.
  • Work with blast furnaces, direct reduction plants, steelworks, rolling mills, metalworks, forging, drop forging and casting.
  • Work with industrial furnaces, containers, machinery, silos, bunkers and pipelines.
  • Shipbuilding work.
  • Railway shunting work.
  • Work in slaughterhouses.