Personal Protective Equipment Directive 89/686/EEC

What is the Personal Protective Equipment Directive? 

The Personal Protective Equipment Directive (PPE) is important to you if you design or manufacture personal protective equipment which is covered by the Directive and which is put on the market within the European Economic Area. 

What does the directive cover? 

The Personal Protective Equipment Directive applies to any device or appliance that is designed to be worn or held by an individual for protection against one or more health hazards. The following types of equipment are covered by the Directive: 

  • Head protection 
  • Eye and face protection 
  • Respiratory protection 
  • Hand and arm protection 
  • Trunk and abdomen protection 
  • Whole body protection 
  • Hearing protection 
  • Personal protective equipment to protect against a fall from height 

LRQA Services Certification

LRQA has been appointed as notified body for the Personal Protective Equipment Directive. We are able to provide conformity assessment and certification services to Article 11B of the Directive (Production Quality Assurance) for the product groups listed above.