PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT REGULATION (EU) 2016/425
On the 9 March 2016 Regulation (EU) 2016/425 was approved and published in the Official Journal of the European Union on the 31.3.2016. This regulation repeals the PPE Directive 89/686/EEC and replaces it.
- Directive 89/686/EEC is repealed with effect from 21 April 2018.
- EC type-examination certificates (Article 10) approved 89/686/EEC remain valid until 21 April 2023 unless they expire before that date.
Includes devices or appliance, equipments and clothing designed to be worn or used for the protection or safety of an individual while in potentially hazardous areas or performing potentially hazardous operations.
The directive divides PPE into 3 categories:
- Category I – simple
- Category II – complex
- Category III – neither of these
- Equipment for protection against falls from a height
- Head protectors (helmets and other headgear for professional and private use, face protectors for ice hockey players).
- Protective clothing, gloves (chemical attack, heat)
- Protective clothing (high visibility, reflecting materials)
- Protective eye wear used in the game of floor ball