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Construction (Head Protection) Regulations 1989



The Construction (Head Protection) Regulations 1989 were revoked on 6th April 2013.

Below is a summary of what they used to cover.

The Construction Head Protection Regulations 1989 came into force on 30th March 1990.

These Regulations have no specifically related EC Directive.

A full copy of the Regulations can be printed and/or downloaded from:

These Regulations only apply to construction sites, and require that head protection is supplied by the employer or self-employed person. Persons shall wear the head protection unless there is no foreseeable risk of head injury, except for the person falling over. The person in control of the site (principal contractor or contractor) must make rules for the wearing of head protection, in writing, and ensure that they are complied with. The Regulations also place duties on employees to wear the head protection correctly when instructed to do so.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has granted an exemption to the wearing of head protection by Sikhs, who for reasons of religion wear a turban.

Content of the Regulations

  1. Citation, commencement and interpretation
  2. Application of these Regulations
  3. Provision, maintenance and replacement of suitable head protection
  4. Ensuring suitable head protection is worn
  5. Rules and directions
  6. Wearing of suitable head protection
  7. Reporting the loss of, or defect in, suitable head protection
  8. Extension outside Great Britain
  9. Exemption certificates

HSE ACoPs and Guidance

All HSE documents are available to purchase or to freely download from the links below.