Cleaners may be issued with personal protective equipment (PPE), or clothing to protect them while at work. The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 says that protective clothing and equipment should be suitable for the risk and for the wearer, should be maintained and should be provided free of charge. The law also states that personal protective equipment is the last resort that should only be used after other solutions have been investigated and found inappropriate. If protective clothing is issued, cleaning staff should not be responsible for the cost of cleaning it. This must be borne by the employer. In addition, staff must be trained in the use of any PPE issued. Training must include details of what to do if the PPE is not effective, dirty, damaged or poorly maintained.