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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 Single Market?

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What actually is PPE? The term refers to devices and equipment that are intended to prevent or reduce risks to a person's safety and health. It is worn or held on the body or parts of the body and includes, 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 the national level, the provision of PPE by employers and its use by workers at work is regulated by the Ordinance on Safety and Health Protection when Using Personal Protective Equipment at Work (PPE Usage Ordinance; PSA-BV).