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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 actually is PPE? The term refers to devices and 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 is subject to the Act on Making Products Available on the Market (Product Safety Act, ProdSG) and in particular to the Eighth Ordinance to the Product Safety Act (Ordinance on the Making Available of Personal Protective Equipment on the Market; 8th ProdSV). At national level, the provision of PPE by employers and its use by employees at work is regulated by the Ordinance on Safety and Health Protection when Using Personal Protective Equipment at Work (PPE Usage Ordinance; PSA-BV).

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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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