PPE Category (89/686/EEC directive)
Initial EC-Type Certification from a notified body (Article 10*)
Manufacturer s declaration of Confirmity (Article 12*)
Annual Quality Surveillance Certification by a notified body (Article 11*)
Category III (PPE of com- plex design)
Protection against high risks where the employee can be exposed to elements which would be harmful to life e.g. chemical liquid exposure, asbestos and similar particulate hazards.
** Mandatory Yes Yes
Category II (neither simple nor complex PPE)
Protection against moderate risk where the product is tested for one value e.g. water resistant gloves or reﬂ ective tape for garments.
** Mandatory Yes
Surveillance certification required every 5 years or in case of product modification
Category I (PPE of simple design)
Protection from minimal risks, self certiﬁ cation of products, exposure to dirt and grime e.g. gardening gloves, visitors labcoats.
CE Not required Yes Not required
* European PPE directive 89/686/EEC. ** Represents the 4 digit numeric code of the notiﬁ ed body.
ANNEXE 2: PROTECTIVE GARMENTS CATEGORIES, TYPES AND CLASSES
In accordance with European Directive EC 89/6561, it is an employer s responsibility to lay down minimum requirements for the assessment, selection and correct use of personal protective equipment. Priority must be given to collective safety measures.
The following table provides you with a rule of thumb of how to assess risk in the garment selection process:
Level of exposure Garment type* - please see Annexe 5 Hazard/toxicity Fabric barrier properties* - please see Annexe 3 Level of exposure Mechanical fabric properties - please see Annexe 3
* Garment Type is linked to fabric barrier properties.
THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN GARMENT CATEGORIES, TYPES AND CLASSES GARMENT CATEGORIES
The European PPE directive 89/686/EEC2 refers to three Categories of PPE . These Categories are shown in the ﬁ gure and demonstrate that the manufacturer of the product concerned has complied with the relevant performance requirements. In terms of protection, these categories relate to the protective properties of the entire garment where Category I offers the least protection and Category III relates to the highest protection. With Category III garments, in addition to the basic CE certiﬁ cation (according to Article 10 of the PPE Directive, the manufacturer
must ensure the product continues to conform and meet the the declared performance EN Classes shown in the Instructions for use. Unlike Category I and II PPE, Category III PPE is subject to an annual audit by a Notiﬁ ed Body, which certiﬁ es continued conformity and issues a Quality Surveillance Certiﬁ cate as per Article 11 of the PPE Directive. Note that all Category III PPE must be identiﬁ ed with the digit code of the notiﬁ ed body appended to the CE mark.
Table 1. Risk assessment determines required garment performance.
Table 2. Categories of PPE and compliance with garment performance requirements.
1 OSHA online, Council Directive 89/656/EEC on the minimum health and safety requirements for the use by workers of personal protective equipment at the workplace, (http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal- content/EN/TXT/? uri=CELEX:01989L0656-20070627 1989.)
2 European Commision online, Council Directive 89/686/EE on Personal Protective Equipment, (http://eur-lex.europa.eu/ legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:01989L0686-20130101&from=EN 2013).