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Personal Protective Equipment


Nearly all the Personal protective equipment (PPE) available on the European common market must be certified by a notified test body according to the market-harmonising regulations of the EU-PPE directive 89/686/EEC. Very basic products, such as gloves for dish washing or gardening, are exempt from the requirement for certification.

The manufacturer/seller of PPE has the right (and the obligation) to label the product with the CE mark only upon presenting an EC type-test certificate in compliance with the named directive.
With the CE mark, the manufacturer/seller declares fulfillment of all safety requirements described in Annex II of the PPE directive (declaration of conformity). In the case of PPE that protects against mortal hazards or serious and irreversible damage to health (next stage, category III), the CE mark also displays the registration number of the notified body surveying the production of that particular manufacturer.
PPE certification is preceded by comprehensive material, design, and functional tests in specialised laboratories which are in most cases determined by European standards. Because all national testing regulations were annulled with the creation of the common market, the European standards have guaranteed a uniform high level of safety for PPE products since.

PPE Directive.pdf

PPE Category Guide.pdf

PPE Questions & Answers.pdf



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