The Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Directive 89/686/EEC is now over 20 years old, and plans are in place to update it to reflect new technologies that have been employed in bringing PPE to the market.
To this end a draft version of the new Regulations was approved by the European Commission and Parliament at the end of the summer. It is now waiting for the final wording to be agreed by the European Council, likely to be at the end of 2015 or early 2016. The new Regulation is due to come into force in 2016, with a transition period taking place during 2016/2017, with full enforcement of the PPE Regulation by the end of 2018.
Some of the key changes of the new standard are likely to be:
Employers and safety managers who are responsible for the purchase of PPE need to ensure that their providers will be able to meet with the new Regulation to protect employees.
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