Following the consultation on the proposed Health and Safety (Miscellaneous Repeals, Revocations and Amendments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015, which ran from 14 April 2014 until 7 July 2014, the Construction (Head Protection) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1990 will be revoked on 1 June 2015.
From the same date, the Personal Protective Equipment at Work (PPE) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1993 will be amended so that they apply to the provision and use of head protection on construction sites as well as to other forms of PPE. Equivalent changes took effect in Great Britain on 6 April 2013.
Although the regulations that apply in this area are changing, the level of legal protection is not.
The necessity for hard hats on construction sites is not being removed and employers do not need to do anything differently to comply with the law.
There were four responses to the consultation, three of which made no comment and one of which was supportive of the approach to streamline the legislation.
As indicated above, the new legislation will come into operation on 1 June 2015.
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