PPE Certification and Testing Series

PPE - March 28, 2014 - 0 comments

A new series of articles on PPE certification and testing is on the way to you. We want to ensure that you obtain the latest concise guides to compliance and our aim is to provide you with a series of easily digested and handy-sized documents providing you with answers to some of the most important questions on PPE.

  • Do you know exactly what lies behind the CE mark on your PPE?
  • Do you know what security your workforce derives from CE approved PPE?
  • Do you understand how to select the correct PPE for your application?
  • Are you aware of the responsibilities you have, in addition to the provision of the correct PPE, in order to fully comply with legislation?

hse-image-of-man-wearing-PPE-with-dust-around-him-and-no-extractionThe series begins with a general article on what lies behind the CE mark, how it is attained by the manufacturers, and how on-going testing ensures consistent quality to maintain performance compliance. It gives an overview on how standards across Europe have been harmonised under the CE standard in order to simplify legislation and compliance across the EU.

It warns against counterfeit goods, a growing problem as PPE becomes technologically more advanced and carries with it greater value.

To be read in conjunction with the general overview, a separate article has been produced to cover each individual category of PPE. The specialist category articles focus on the nature of each type of hazard and the legislation behind the need to provide and ensure uptake of PPE.

It is not enough to simply provide the correct PPE, and there are many other responsibilities to safeguard the workforce. These specialist category articles identify the additional requirements that fall on the employer and employee to ensure safe use and adequate protection in the workplace.

The specialist categories to be covered are:-

  • Head Protection
  • Eye Protection
  • Hearing Protection
  • Respiratory Protection
  • Hand Protection
  • Foot Protection
  • Fall Arrest
  • General Workwear

Special applications to be covered are:-

  • Forestry
  • Welding

Articles in this series that have been published to date:

Product Testing and PPE CE Marking

PPE Certification for Head Protection


Contains public sector information published by the Health and Safety Executive and licensed under the Open Government Licence v1.0


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