Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) 

CEN is producing standards to meet the health and safety requirements of the directive for personal protective equipment (89/686/EEC).

An important step forward was made with the adoption of the Regulation (EU) 2016/425 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 March 2016 on personal protective equipment. The PPE Regulation (EU) 2016/425 will became applicable on 21 April 2018 and repeal the PPE Directive 89/686/EEC.

PPE may be worn for Occupational Health and Safety purposes, as well as sports or other recreational activities.

Ergonomics, safety and comfort are the three main considerations when designing new PPE.

CEN and CENELEC contact person: Jennifer Ogbonna

News and events

Meetings:

  • PPE Sector Forum - next meeting will be held on 9 October 2018 at CCMC, Brussels.

Technical bodies and activities

Technical Committees, which activities are related to standardization in personal protective equipment:

For CEN

  • CEN/TC 79 - Respiratory protective devices
  • CEN/TC 85 - Eye protective equipment
  • CEN/TC 158 - Head protection
  • CEN/TC 159 - Hearing protectors
  • CEN/TC 160 - Protection against falls from height including working belts
  • CEN/TC 161 - Foot and leg protectors
  • CEN/TC 162 - Protective clothing including hand and arm protection and lifejackets
  • CEN/TC 136  - Sports, playground and other recreational facilities and equipment

For CENELEC:

  • CLC/TC 78 - Equipment and tools for live working

Access the References of the "harmonized standards" , cited in the European Union's Official Journal (OJEU).

Sector Forum

The CEN-CENELEC Sector Forum on Personal Protective Equipment coordinates European standardization in the PPE field.
 
The Chairman of the Sector Forum  is Mr Henk Vanhoutte, CEN-CENELEC Sector Rapporteur for PPE.
 
The Secretariat is provided by Mr Andreas Schleifer, DIN.’

European legislation and mandates

The PPE Directive 89/686/EEC is one of the New Approach Directives. It is now in the process of being superseded by the new Regulation (EU) 2016/425 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 March 2016 on personal protective equipment. The PPE Regulation (EU) 2016/425 will apply from 21 April 2018 and will repeal the PPE Directive 89/686/EEC.
 
 
List of mandates related to personal protective equipment: (all documents are in pdf format)
  • M/031 - Personal Protective Equipments
  • M/281 (1999) - Revision of EN 1384 relating to helmets for equestrian sports.
  • M/307 (2000) - Revision of standard EN 795 “protection against falls from a height-anchor devices – requirements and testing”  :
  • M/472 (2010) - Amendment of EN 353-1:2002 - Personal protective equipment against falls from a height - Part 1: Guided type fall arresters including a rigid anchor line.
  • M/509 (2012) - Protective textiles and personal protective clothing and equipment.
  • M/553 (2017) – smart garments – protection against heat and flame.
    The execution of work is coordinated by the CEN-CENELEC Sector Forum on PPE

Useful links and documents