PPE & Tower Crane Message From The HSE Forum
8 April 2013
You may wish to note that The Health and Safety (Miscellaneous Repeals, Revocations and Amendments) Regulations 2013 came into force on 6 April 2013. These Regulations have removed thirteen measures that have either been overtaken by more up to date Regulations, are redundant or do not deliver the intended benefits. Further information is available on HSE's website. The measures removed include:
Construction (Head Protection) Regulations 1989
The Construction (Head Protection) Regulations have been revoked and the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Regulations 1992 amended so that they apply to the provision and use of head protection on construction sites as well as to other forms of PPE.
Although the regulations have changed, the level of legal protection has not. Hard hats remain vital in protecting construction workers from head injuries. The necessity for hard hats on construction sites remains, and employers do not need to do anything differently to comply with the law. HSE is working with the industry (particularly small contractors) to ensure they understand this.
(Further information can be found at: Construction FAQs: Personal Protective Equipment and Hard hats: what you need to know as a busy builder [PDF]).
Notification of Conventional Tower Crane Regulations 2010
The revocation of the Notification of Conventional Tower Crane Regulations 2010 (including the closure of the Tower Crane Register) will reduce the regulatory burden placed on the construction industry without reducing safety standards for workers and the public.
HSE will continue working with industry to improve tower crane safety standards, including work to find a way in which the industry can continue to reassure the public about tower crane safety.