The definition of PPE according to this directive is: Any device or appliance designed to be worn or held by an individual for protection against one or more health and safety hazards.
The objectives of the PPE directive are:
Consequently, the directive applies to new PPE manufactured in the member states and to new and used PPE imported from outside of the European Community.
The PPE directive defines “essential requirements” which must be satisfied at the time of manufacture and before PPE products are placed on the market: The general requirements applicable to all PPE; the additional requirements specific to certain types of PPE; and also the additional requirements specific to particular risks.
These requirements regard, for instance:
Certain hazards associated with the product, such as physical and mechanical resistance, flammability, chemical, electrical or biological properties, hygiene and radioactivity.
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