“Not just any old PPE, it must fit the wearer!” PPE 1992 Reg 4

COVID has raised awareness of the need for PPE into the minds of millions of workers. Over the last three months Barnet UNISON has heard from our members lots of issues about the lack of PPE, the rationing of PPE, the absence of PPE and poorly fitting PPE.

John Hendy QC speaking at our “Employment Rights in the COVID workplace” Zoom meeting on 3 June 2020 (see link to his talk about 14 minutes 26 seconds into the video https://youtu.be/tA2r16cqXd8) refers workers to The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992, UK Statutory Instruments1992 No. 2966 Regulation 4

(Source: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/1992/2966/regulation/4/made#:~:text=4.,are%20equally%20or%20more%20effective. )

The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992, UK Statutory Instruments1992 No. 2966 Regulation 4

Provision of personal protective equipment

4.—(1) Every employer shall ensure that suitable personal protective equipment is provided to his employees who may be exposed to a risk to their health or safety while at work except where and to the extent that such risk has been adequately controlled by other means which are equally or more effective.

(2) Every self-employed person shall ensure that he is provided with suitable personal protective equipment where he may be exposed to a risk to his health or safety while at work except where and to the extent that such risk has been adequately controlled by other means which are equally or more effective.

(3) Without prejudice to the generality of paragraphs (1) and (2), personal protective equipment shall not be suitable unless—

(a) it is appropriate for the risk or risks involved and the conditions at the place where exposure to the risk may occur;

(b) it takes account of ergonomic requirements and the state of health of the person or persons who may wear it;

(c) it is capable of fitting the wearer correctly, if necessary, after adjustments within the range for which it is designed;

(d)so far as is practicable, it is effective to prevent or adequately control the risk or risks involved without increasing overall risk;

(e)it complies with any enactment (whether in an Act or instrument) which implements in Great Britain any provision on design or manufacture with respect to health or safety in any relevant Community directive listed in Schedule 1 which is applicable to that item of personal protective equipment.

John Hendy makes it clear that this is a key piece of legislation. If the PPE being provided by your employer does not fit or causes an allergic reaction to the point you cannot wear it then they need to secure PPE that you can wear.

“IMPORTANT Update: Guidance and template letter for vulnerable employees (England)”

28 May 2020.

Please read the latest guidance provided by UNISON

This guidance covers:

1 Clinically extremely vulnerable employees (people at high risk)

2 Clinically vulnerable employees (people at moderate risk)

3 Employees living with / caring for the vulnerable or extremely vulnerable

4 Black employees

5 Older employees (over 60)

6 Employees who have childcare responsibilities

7 Employees who are feeling anxious about returning to work

8 Template letter to head teacher

Click on the link to read the guidance

https://www.unison.org.uk/content/uploads/2020/05/Guidance-and-template-letter-for-vulnerable-employees.pdf

If you need any help with this advice please contact the branch office at contactus@barnetunison.org.uk

 

 

 

Updated 5 June : Barnet Schools Risk Assessments for Reopening submitted to Barnet UNISON

This list is accurate as of Monday 1 June 2020.

  1. Akiva,
  2. All Saints N20,
  3. All Saints NW2
  4. Alma
  5. AP Barnet Oakhill
  6. Ashmole Academy (Primary and Secondary).
  7. Barnfields,
  8. Beit Shvidler
  9. Bell Lane,
  10. Blessed Dominic,
  11. Broadfields Primary
  12. Brunswick Park
  13. Chalgrove Primary
  14. Childs Hill
  15. Christ Church Primary
  16. Christ College Finchley,
  17. Claremont
  18. Colindale
  19. Coppetts Wood,
  20. Cromer Road,
  21. Danegrove
  22. Deansbrook
  23. Dollis Primary,
  24. Edgware
  25. Elliot Foundation,
  26. Fairway,
  27. Foulds School,
  28. Frith Manor Primary
  29. Garden Suburb Junior
  30. Goldbeaters and Orion
  31. Grasvenor
  32. Hasmonean
  33. Hendon,
  34. Hollickwood
  35. Holly Trinity
  36. Hyde
  37. Independent Jewish Day School
  38. Livingstone School,
  39. Mapledown,
  40. Martin Primary
  41. Menorah
  42. Monken Hadley
  43. Monkfrith,
  44. Moss Hall Federation
  45. Moss Hall Nursery,
  46. Noam Primary
  47. Oakhill
  48. Oaklodge Special School,
  49. Oakleigh Special School
  50. Osidge
  51. Our Lady of Lourdes
  52. Pardes House
  53. Pavillion
  54. QE Girls
  55. Queenswell
  56. Rosh Pinah
  57. Sacks Morasha
  58. Sacred Heart Primary,
  59. Squires Lane Learning Federation (Tudor and Manorside).
  60. St Agnes,
  61. St Andrews CE
  62. St Catherines,
  63. St Johns N11
  64. St Johns N20
  65. St Josephs
  66. St Marys N£
  67. St Marys NW3
  68. St Pauls N11,
  69. St Pauls NW7
  70. St Theresa
  71. St Vincents
  72. Summerside REACH Academy,
  73. Sunnyfields,
  74. The Annunciation
  75. The Pavilion
  76. Totteridge Academy
  77. Trent Primary,
  78. Underhill
  79. Wessex Gardens
  80. Whitings
  81. Woodcroft Primary
  82. Woodridge Primary.
  83. Wren

IF

your school in not on this list but you have seen a Risk Assessment for your school, please contact Barnet UNISON on contactus@barnetunison.org.uk

WE NEED YOU: Become a rep

 

OK, the big return to work is about to commence –

Do you feel safe?

Has your workplace been Risk Assessed?

Have you had PPE provided?

Do you want to be part of the conversation about returning to work safely with your employer?

WE NEED YOU!

Workplace shop Stewards are the lifeblood of the union

YOU are the experts in your area of work

Help us to help you

Become a UNISON Steward and make the return to work safe for you and your colleagues.

Email us at contactus@barnetunison.org.uk

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