Personal Protective Equipment


The PPE Directive (Personal Protective Equipment Directive) covers any device or appliance designed to be worn or held by an individual for protection against one or more health and safety hazards.

This includes:

  • Equipment for protection against falls from a height
  • Head protectors (helmets and other headgear for professional and private use, face protectors for ice hockey players)
  • Protective clothing, gloves (chemical attack, heat)
  • Protective clothing (high visibility, reflecting materials)
  • Reflectors
  • Protective eye wear used in the game of floor ball

PPE Directive applies to:

  • A unit constituted by several devices or appliances which have been integrally combined by the manufacturer for the protection of an individual against one or more potentially simultaneous risks
  • A protective device or appliance combined, reparably or inseparably, with personal non-protective equipment worn or held by an individual for the execution of a specific activity
  • Interchangeable PPE components which are essential to its satisfactory functioning and used exclusively for such equipment

However the PPED does not apply to:

  • PPE designed and manufactured specifically for use by the armed forces or in the maintenance of law and order (helmets, shields, etc.)
  • PPE for self-defense (aerosol canisters, personal deterrent weapons, etc.)
  • PPE designed and manufactured for private use against:PPE intended for the protection or rescue of persons on vessels or aircraft, not worn all the time
  • Adverse atmospheric conditions (headgear, seasonal clothing, footwear, umbrellas, etc.)
  • Damp and water (dish-washing gloves, etc.)
  • Heat (gloves etc.)
  • Helmets and visors intended for users of two- or three wheeled motor vehicles