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85% of PPE fails to meet regulations says BSIF

The FIA assisted the National Fire Commercial Transformation Programme (NFCTP) that’s led by Kent’s chief fire officer Ann Millington by engaging its members and asking them to leverage their contacts in wider industry sectors to source PPE such as gloves, masks and hand sanitiser.

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New research by the British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF) has revealed that 85% of PPE products from non BSIF members fails to meet regulatory criteria.

Registered Safety Supplier’s products are tested annually as part of the BSIF scheme’s audit process and if products fail to meet the test’s strict criteria any issues must immediately be addressed and rectified for members to remain part of the scheme.  

The BSIF revealed that of 387 tests completed on Registered Safety Supplier’s products last year, 86% passed immediately and all issues have now been resolved for the 14% that initially did not meet the test criteria.

Meanwhile, only 15% of the 127 non-member products tested by the BSIF were fully compliant with standards and performed as advertised, meaning that 85% of products failed to meet the regulatory criteria, many of which are still on the market. 
Commenting on how employers can protect themselves from non-compliant PPE, safety footwear specialist, Simon Ash from BSIF Registered Safety Supplier, HAIX, says: “Without doubt, the most important factors in choosing PPE have to be quality and compliance. So, the first questions that employers should ask are – what are the risks the workforce are facing at work, does the PPE fully comply with the standards to meet those risks and is it going to keep employees safe?

“The Registered Safety Supplier Scheme is designed to help rid the market of non-compliant PPE, giving health and safety managers, PPE buyers and employers generally, the reassurance that they are sourcing from a reputable supplier and have confidence that their workforce is properly protected. 

“Beyond buying from a trusted source, employers can ask for an overview of the supplier’s quality assurance process and how they test their samples to ensure safety compliance. For example, our safety boots and shoes undergo a series of over 100 material and quality assurance tests, replicating the day-to-day wear challenges of our customers, who spend most of their time on their feet.

CE Mark

Ash added that it is also vital to check for CE marking: “The CE mark provides a measure of confidence that the supplier’s products have been assessed against recognised standards or other appropriate specifications by an independent third party, which has also been assessed for competence.

“HAIX is committed to educating individuals on the importance of quality PPE and the latest findings from BSIF demonstrate the criticalness of choosing a reputable supplier to ensure we better the future of the UK safety market and keep more workers safe.”   

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