Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) are products that the user can wear or hold, in order to be protected against health and safety hazards either at home, at work or whilst engaging in leisure activities. If you are an employer or a manager within your organisation, you have duties required by law concerning the provision and use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at work.
Main changes to the Regulations
The new Regulation now applies to the whole supply chain rather than just the manufacturer of PPE. This means that everyone involved in the production, supply and distribution of PPE must ensure their PPE meets the standard requirements.
Below are some standard requirements:
The supply chain and employers should make sure that PPE complies with the essential health and safety requirements;
The employer should make sure that the technical documentation is read and implemented by him/her as well as the users of PPE at their workplace
The supply chain and employers should make sure that the PPE products hold an EU declaration of conformity, demonstrate compliance with it and are a CE mark affixed.
Employers should keep on file the conformity documents for PPE for 10 years;
Employers should sample test the PPE products of their supplier to make sure they are fit for purpose
Duty to take action in relation to non-conforming PPE;
There are some labelling requirements regarding the PPE equipment used at the workplace
Employers should make sure that they provide clear instructions for using the PPE across the whole staff;
Employers should make sure that they are cooperating with the national authority where and when necessary.
What that means for you and your business?
While the new Regulation does not apply any duties directly to end users of PPE, you should always make sure that you select appropriate PPE which has been CE marked. Furthermore, your supplier should be visibly up-to-date with the health and safety regulations and be ready to provide you with the necessary legal documentation to prove that.
Last but not least, it is your responsibility to check if your PPE supplier is complying with the new PPE regulations. Having PPE provisions does not necessarily mean that you are compliant in line with the law and could expose you to potential fines and prosecutions.
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