PPE Standards are sometimes confusing, and you might find yourself thinking what you should be looking for, you would not be the only one. Red Brick are here to help you understand and explain the basic requirments for PPE and workwear in your workplace.

Lets start from the beginning, the term PPE is equipment that will protect the user/wearer against workplace risks. Personal protective equipment can include items such as safety helmets, hard hats, gloves, eye protection, hi vis clothing and safety footwear.

PPE Standards

There are many regulations for PPE and workwear including
  • 1. All workwear is correctly used by employees/personnel
  • 2. Maintained and stored to a high standard
  • 3. Knowledge on how to use the equipment correctly
  • 4. Assessed before used to make sure that all PPE is fit for purpose
Now you know the basics of the PPE regulations, you need to know about the standards of each particular PPE item.

Each workplace and job will require your workwear and personal protective equipment to adhere to different standards, before purchasing you highly recommend you ask if the item you are looking at will be suitable. Each piece of equipment must conform to certain standards that are represented by codes that prove the quality of the item.

For example, most eye protection such as safety goggles and safety specs are approved to EN166 1FT, this stats that they are anti-mist and anti-scratch. There are also many different aspects and standards which high visibility clothing must adhere too - please see our high visibility clothing article for more information.

The list of standards are extensive but they are an easy way to guarantee the quality of the product you are purchasing.

If you require any more information in regards to PPE standards or have any questions on PPE and workwear please contact our expert sales team at sales@redbrickworkwear.co.uk or call us on 0114 321 6408.