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Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Information on the placing of PPE on the market and at work, as well as on its use by workers

What requirements must PPE meet in order to be placed on the European domestic market?

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What exactly is PPE? The term refers to equipment intended to prevent or reduce risks to a person's safety and health. They are worn or held on the body or parts of the body and include, for example, protective helmets, protective goggles, face shields, hearing protectors, respirators/breathing apparatus, protective footwear, protective gloves, protective clothing, safety harnesses, life jackets and pierce-proof clothing, as well as skin protection products.

PPE may only be placed on the market if they meet the provisions of the European PEE Regulation (“Regulation (EU) 2016/425 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 March 2016 on personal protective equipment and repealing Council Directive 89/686/EEC”).

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Placing Personal Protective Equipment on the Market

In order to be placed on the market, personal protective equipment (PPE) needs to fulfil its protective function and must comply with statutory regulations. This page set outs these requirements in greater detail.

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