Under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act (HWSA) 1974, the Management of Health and Safety Regulations 1999 and other legislation, it’s an employer’s duty to protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees and other people who might be affected by their business.
Although businesses give lots of different labels to the people who work for them, from an employment law perspective they have to either be an employee, genuinely self-employed, or – if they don’t fit either of those categories – fall into a third category of a worker.
Under new PPE Regulations which come into force on 6 April 2022, extending the Health & Safety responsibilities of employers when it comes to providing free personal protective equipment (PPE) to take into account those who may be classified as “workers” and not just employees. These new regulations make it more important than ever to make sure you understand your Health & Safety obligations to the people who work for you – and what their employment status is.
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