Certification of personal protective equipment (PPE) requires the conformity to all directives that establish special requirements for protection the safety of a person carrying out various operations, e.g. in radiation areas, in areas with high concentration of toxic substances, electrical installation work, etc. The certification process implies a thorough assessment of PPE conformity to all state standards (GOST).
Directive 89/686/ЕС applies to all devices and equipment intended to protect against one or more risks to human health and safety. Personal protective equipment includes eye, hearing and respiratory protection devices, protective footwear, clothes, gloves, etc. The Directive is also referred to as the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Directive.
Moreover, the Directive covers any devices and tools that may be used in a risk zone. Besides PPE, components and external, additional devices placed on the market in conjunction with PPE fall under the scope of the Directive.
Personal protective equipment certification is essential to protect the safety of workers.
Certificates of PPE conformity are only issued after the personal protective device has been recognized safe and suitable for use. All manufacturers, their distributors and regulators shall ensure 100% compliance with safety requirements; therefore adherence to the regulations is a must for every market player. Manufacturers must guarantee consumers that their products conform to applicable European harmonized standards, which is attested by the relevant PPE Certificate.
The main objective of the document is to ensure that personal protective equipment is safe, adequately fulfills its protective function and, therefore, increases the level of occupational safety.
Manufacturers can also carry out a voluntary certification of personal protective equipment. It is, virtually, in no way different from a mandatory one. The core difference is that, when opting for voluntary PPE certification, manufacturers themselves choose as per which GOST they would like their product conformity to be assessed and certificates to be issued. With such certificates, your PPE is sure to stand out from competing products.
PPE certificates are issued by relevant surveillance bodies that assess PPE compliance with the established requirements.