All PPE must be correctly tested and certified to meet the appropriate European standard. Unfortunately, the quantity of non-approved product being sold into the UK is on the increase. Such products should not be used for business because they contravene safety legislation.
A number of items are available that claim CE approvals but in reality they have not been appropriately certified. Even worse, some items are in fact counterfeits of existing products. In our experience these products just do not perform as they should, putting lives at risk and again exposing the user to prosecution.
To help combat this, the BSIF has created the Registered Safety Supplier (RSS) scheme. Companies displaying the scheme’s logo have signed a binding declaration that the safety equipment they offer meets the appropriate standards, fully complies with the PPE regulations and is appropriately CE marked.
All Registered Safety Suppliers are independently audited to confirm compliance with the scheme’s requirements.
Remember, by using a Registered Safety Supplier you can be sure you will only be supplied with genuine, appropriately approved product and you will receive sound advice without any attempt to mislead you.
To assist specifiers and users of PPE to spot potentially non-compliant product, experts from within the BSIF membership have created an easy-to-use checklist.
For further information on the BSIF Registered Safety Supplier Scheme telephone the BSIF on 01442 248744
You need to be a member of BSIF to be eligible for accreditation as a Registered Safety Supplier.
Disclaimer: Important Please be Aware
Application to and registration in the BSIF Registered Safety Supplier (RSS) scheme demonstrates merely an organisation’s intention to undertake and maintain its obligations under EU Directive 89/686/EEC on Personal Protective Equipment and other applicable legislation such as REACH 1907/2006. Registration in itself does not satisfy any of these obligations nor does it exonerate companies, officers, members or individuals from their duties under this Directive or other legal requirements. BSIF cannot be held responsible for any misunderstanding of the application of these rules and the effect of registration with the RSS scheme.