The UK´s Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulation 1992 requires the employers to provide their employees with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to protect them from the risk of injury in the workplace.

PPEs are a last resort when risks associated with a professional activity cannot be prevented or controlled in any other ways, and they can include items such as safety helmets and hard hats, gloves, eye protection, high-visibility clothing, safety footwear and safety harnesses.

This type of protection has received much anticipation from public opinion in recent months, due to its use by essential professionals during the most complicated months of the coronavirus pandemic.

On 6 April 2022 the Personal Protective Equipment at Work (Amendment) Regulations 2022 (PPER 2022) come into force and amend the 1992 Regulations to extend the requirements to Limb (b) workers, which in the UK are defined as “workers who generally have a more casual employment relationship and work under a contract for service”, and that they do not currently come under the scope of PPER 1992.

But the regulations do not only require employers to provide suitable PPEs, but also they must ensure that they are appropriate to the professional activity of their companies, and that their employees know how to use them correctly. To do this, they can find valuable information in the Safety Data Sheets (SDS).

SDS as a source of information

Knowing which personal protective equipment (PPE) to wear when handling a hazardous material is essential for working safely, and as employers are entitled to select PPE and developing training programs, SDSs are a really valuable asset, as they contain specific information about hazardous substances and personal protection in:

  • Section 6: Accidental Release Measures, which also includes recommended equipment and personal precautions regarding accidental exposures.
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  • Section 8: Exposure Controls / Personal Protections, which contains safety exposure limits, the amount of exposure an individual can be exposed to without requiring first aid, and recommendations about personal protection.

In this way, those supervisors or managers who need to plan the purchase of PPE for their companies can use the Safety Data Sheets as a first source of reliable information on personal protection related to the handling of hazardous substances.


However, for an SDS to be a truly reliable source of information, t must contain all the information required by the Globally Harmonized System (GHS).

To achieve this in a simple and intuitive way, companies that, subject to this regulation, must provide information on personal protection, can use our SDS Software; CHEMETER.

It is one of the highest implemented software solutions worldwide, and what makes it different from other SDS Softwares is that it automatically creates safety data shee, using a unique smart calculation system, with no static templates: each one is different and unique.

In addition, CHEMETER includes regular updates that ensure that SDS:

  • Are tailored to the country where the product is placed and to the specific regulations of the industry
  • Are always up to date with national and international regulations