Standards & Certification
Information note on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) provides the wearer with protection. It is subdivided into three categories.
PPE Category I
Protective clothing in Category I protects the wearer from straightforward, personal risks, the effects of which can be safely identified in good time by the user. E.g. overall to protect the wearer from dirt. No EC type-examination certificate needs to be issued for protective clothing in Category I.
PPE Category II
This category comprises all PPE which is not assigned to Category I or Category III. It protects people from moderate risk e.g. high-visibility clothing or light heat protection. An external body must certify Category II protective clothing and issue an EC type-examination certificate. This is valid for 5 years.
PPE Category III
Category III includes all PPE that protects against mortal danger or serious irreversible damage to the health of the wearer and where it must be assumed that the user cannot identify the direct effects of the danger in good time e.g. the danger associated with an arc flash or chemical splashes. Certification must also be carried out by an external certifying body. PPE in Category III is also subject to an EC quality assurance system which ensures monitoring and repeats the test at regular intervals. The EC type-examination certificate issued is also valid for 5 years.
Finishing and alteration of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Cat. II and III
It is particularly important in relation to the finishing of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that the type of finish is specifically suited to the PPE type-examination certificate and recertified accordingly. Here too, PLANAM offers a multitude of certified options for attaching your company logo to the PPE. For any modification to the PPE which is not recertified, the type-examination certificate is no longer valid and the complete protection of the wearer is no longer guaranteed.
Important information about the new PPE Regulation
Switch from EU Directive 89/686/EEC to Regulation (EU) 2016/425
From 21 April 2018 type-approval certificates will be issued in accordance with the new PPE Regulation. What are the main changes?
1. Type-approval certificates will be valid for a maximum of 5 years.
2. Subsequent to a transition period of 1 year (from 21 April 2019) PPE will only be allowed to be issued in compliance with the new Regulation. Any merchandise already in circulation may, however, continue to be sold after 21 April 2019 pursuant to Directive 89/686/EEC without limitation for the consumer.
3. Certain PPE, which provide protection against life-threatening injuries, were newly allocated from cat. II to cat. III, e.g. cut protection or PPE that protects against drowning.
4. PPE listed under cat. II and cat. III must continue to be subject to certification by an external body.
5. Any existing certificates pursuant to Directive 89/686/EEC will continue to remain valid up to no later than 20 April 2023. If, how ever, there is a change in category of the PPE, e.g. cut protection workwear previously listed under cat. II, which is reclassified as PPE under cat. III, the old certificate shall be valid until 20 April 2019.