What is PPE?
PPE stands for Personal Protection Equipment. A piece of personal protection equipment is a piece of equipment or means of protection that a person can wear or hold as protection against one or more hazards that can form a threat to health or safety.
The kinds of protection equipment available are:
- Hearing protection
- Eye protection
- Protection against falling from a height
- Head protection
- Protection for the face or part of the face
- Protective clothing
- Respiratory protection
- Foot and leg protection to prevent slipping
- Hand and arm protection
- Protective equipment to prevent drowning and assist with flotation
- Means to protect against the risks of electricity
Personal protection equipment can be divided into three categories: I (simple), II and III (complex).
This category consists of protection equipment for which the manufacturer assumes that the user is capable of forming a judgement about the purpose of this equipment and how it must be used.
Examples are: gloves, sunglasses, boots, headgear, etc.
This category consists of protection equipment for which the manufacturer has to hand over an EU declaration of conformity after the protection equipment has received EU type-approval.
For the protection equipment that is classified under this category, the manufacturer has to hand over an EU declaration of conformity after the protection equipment has received EU type-approval and manufacturing checks are carried-out.
Examples are: breathing equipment, equipment for extreme temperatures, protection against chemicals, etc.