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Understanding New PPE Regulations

By Bob Wells and Graham Clements, BSI |

The new European Union Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Regulation explained, and what it means for the chemical process industries The European Commission’s Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Directive 89/686/EEC is over 20 years old and is now being superseded by the new PPE regulation (EU) 2016/425. This new regulation has been designed to reflect current technologies and processes for developing and bringing PPE to the market, as well as to enhance consumer safety and ensure fair competition between companies. The new regulation carries some important implications for the chemical process industries (CPI), which utilize a wide range of PPE to protect staff against potentially serious health and safety risks. This article outlines the new PPE regulation and describes its implications for the CPI.   Figure 1. Personal protective equipment falls into one of three categories: simple, intermediate or complex[/caption] PPE defined for regulations PPE encompasses hundreds of products, including protective clothing, helmets, hearing and respiratory protection, gloves, body armor, boots and more (Figure 1). From legal and regulatory perspectives, PPE is defined more specifically as follows: Equipment designed and manufactured…
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