I. Definition & Purpose of PPE Directive EU 2016/425
The PPE Directive EU 2016/425 applies to personal protective equipment (PPE), and it lays down the conditions governing its placing on the single market and free movement. Moreover, it contains all basic safety requirements which personal protective equipment must satisfy to guarantee the health protection and safety of users. The directive was adopted on Feb 12th, 2016, and published in the Official Journal several weeks later. The full effect of the PPE directive is expected to be from April 21st, 2019.
PPE refers to any device or appliance intended to be worn or held by users for protection against health and safety hazards. The PPE Directive covers all PPE designed for use in professional, domestic, leisure and sports activities.
The main objectives of the PPE Directive EU 2016/425 are, as follows:
- Provision of the BHSRs which the PPE must satisfy to ensure the safety of intended users;
- to make certain the free movement of PPE within the EU.