There is growing concern that counterfeit PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) is flooding the UK market.
Personal Protective Equipment is equipment that can protect the user against health or safety risks at work. It can include items such as safety helmets, gloves, eye protection, high-visibility clothing, safety footwear and safety harnesses.
How confident are you when you purchase PPE that it conforms to all current legislation?
As an employer you are investing a great deal of time and financial resource into ensuring that PPE is suitable and meets the needs of the individual.
However, recent information released by concerned health and safety groups has found an alarming number of non-compliant PPE products on the market, which has the potential for putting wearers at risk of injury or death.
Under the European PPE Directive, anyone putting protective equipment on the market must ensure it satisfies health and safety requirements, goes through conformity assessment procedures and is properly CE marked. If you are concerned that the CE mark on your PPE is not genuine, you must ask to see a declaration of conformity.
The British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF) has also introduced the Registered Safety Supplier Scheme (RSSS). A scheme which will allow members to make a formal declaration that the products they sell are genuine, legal and meet the appropriate standards. Members of the scheme are subject to independent audits to verify conformity.
Using and distributing PPE to your employers:
- Instruct and train people how to use it.
- Tell them why it is needed, when to use it and what its limitations are.
- Never allow exemptions for those jobs that ‘only take a few minutes’.
- If something changes on the job, check the PPE is still appropriate – speak with your supplier, explaining the job to them.
Always ask suppliers for a declaration of conformity / original certification for the PPE.
Request suppliers to define their sample testing and their process of Quality Assurance.