Newsletter May 2019
First Aid at Work Courses
3rd – 5th September
Emergency First Aid – £75
Full First Aid at Work – £145
Mental Health First Aid Courses
27th & 28th June 2019
16th & 17th Sept2019
Buy one place for £250.00 with a second place for £200.00
18th & 19th June – SMSTS-Refresher – £290.00
“buy one get one half price”
14th September – 12th October – SMSTS Day Release
£495 now ONLY £400!!!
PPE Offer due to Regulation Change
Cut Resistant Glove Promotion
10% discount from our standard range fees
For more details or to make a booking, contact the office on 01623 821516 or email@example.com
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New Personal Protective Equipment Reglations
The rules of the new PPE Regulation apply to the whole supply chain rather than just manufacturers. Now everyone involved in the manufacture, supply and distribution of PPE, referred to in the new regulation as ‘Economic Operators’, must ensure their PPE meets with the standard requirements. Their responsibilities include getting product approval, making sure products conform to the regulation and keeping technical files and records. Importers are also obliged to sample test where appropriate their PPE unless they can provide a rationale why they do not need to.
Some types of protection have moved from Category II (Intermediate) to Category III (Complex)
The Regulation now ensures that life-changing occupational illnesses receive the attention they deserve. The following risks have now been added to Category III Harmful biological agents, Drowning, Cuts by hand-held chain-saws, High-pressure jets, Bullet wounds or knife stabs.
All types of Hearing Protection against harmful noise have been re-classified to Category – III (Complex), which is designed to protect against very serious risk, where the hazard is not immediately obvious. The effects of hearing loss are now recognised as being severely damaging to a person’s quality of life. Manufacturers of Category III PPE are subject to an EU type examination by a notified body and to one of the two quality assurance procedures as described in Article 19 of the PPE Regulation.
If you are buying PPE that has been reclassified this is what you need to do.
Only acquire reclassified PPE products from suppliers that comply with the conditions of the new PPE regulation. Check the certification is to the latest version of the standard and ensure that it meets the new Regulation requirements. Check the Declaration of Conformity for details of the notified body. Check that it details the notified body who has issued the ongoing conformity module D or C2 certification. Look for updated marking on the product, packaging and user instructions. Under or beside the CE mark, there needs to be a notified body number which is generally four digits and identifies the notified body who conducts the ongoing conformity assessment. Identification of notified body code numbers can be found online. The ongoing conformity assessment procedure can be completed by another certification body and you may wish to request a copy of this certification. Where it is not possible to display the CE mark on the product such as on small earplugs, the marking may be displayed on the packaging and in the user instructions. The user instructions should also include the Declaration of Conformity or an internet address where the complete Declaration of Conformity can be found. The manufacturer’s address or single point of contact also needs to be visible on the product or where this is not possible on the packaging.
Way’s to tell that a product is compliant with the Regulations.
Under the new Regulation, an EU Declaration of Conformity must either accompany each item of PPE or a web link to the digital version must be clearly shown on the product or user instructions. If the item you’re purchasing doesn’t include this, ask your supplier immediately. If you have any doubts, ask your supplier to define their process for ongoing sample testing and quality assurance – it’s their responsibility to ensure the product they are supplying is compliant.
The main piece of advice, however, is to ensure you are using a reputable supplier.
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Article written by Adrian Kirby – AW Safety Management Ltd H&S Consultant