PPE Directive 89/686/EEC (Personal Protective Equipment Directive) was published on June 1995 and covers Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). It is defined as “any device to be worn or held by an individual for protection against one or more health and safety hazards”.

89/686/EEC concerning Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) has 17 Articles and 6 Annexes. Originally published in 1989, the PPE directive only has three modifications 93/95/EEC, 93/68/EEC, and 96/58/EEC.

Includes devices or appliance, equipment and clothing designed to be worn or used for the protection or safety of an individual while in potentially hazardous areas or performing potentially hazardous operations.

The directive has three categories:

  • Category I – Simple
  • Category II – Complex

Category III – Neither of these

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)
  • Protective eye wear used in the game of floor ball