Friday, November 6, 2009

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Legislation

Some of the following links provide relevent information on the use of Industrial Personal Protective Equipment in Europe:

The main Directive for the use of PPE in Europe is

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Directive (Directive 89/686/EEC).

Guidance on implemetation of this is available at:European Guidance on PPE. This directive's primary intention was to remove the need for testing and documentation for each seperate member state and covers a very wide range of products including Chainsaw PPE

The Office of Public Sector Information in the UK - Statutory instrument 2002 no. 1144.This is the Personal Protective Equipment Regulations 2002.
This CLICK HERE is a Printable version.

The European Directive and Uk Regulation are being reviewed as their is difficulty implementing the Directive uniformly across all member states. Work must still be carried out to standardise testing procedures and self certification programs.

Industry Good Practice for the use of chainsaw PPE is availble from the HSE in the form of AFAG leaflets. For example:

AFAG 303 Chainsaw snedding:
AFAG 301 Using Petrol Driven Chainsaws:

This is a section of the Good practice for Personal Protective Equipment from AFAG 301:

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