Choose from a wide range of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) products designed to keep you and your employees safe. Products include safety glasses, breathing protection, protective gloves and much more.
Personal protective equipment, PPE for short, is any equipment intended to be used or worn by workers to protect themselves against a hazard to their safety and health. It also includes any additional equipment used with the same purpose and associated with the Personal Protective Equipment. The following types of PPE, which you will find in the DENIOS range, are distinguished:
The Occupational Health and Safety Act imposes a legal obligation on the employer to provide personal protective equipment (PPE). It obliges the employer to take the necessary occupational health and safety measures and to eliminate or minimise hazards to the safety and health of employees. By the way: PPE may only be used after other protective measures. This is because according to § 4 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, hazards must always first be eliminated or mitigated at the source. First and foremost, technical and/or organisational protective measures can be used for this purpose. Only when these protective measures are not possible or residual hazards still exist may PPE be used as an individual protective measure. The so-called "T-O-P" sequence is decisive here:
If the risk assessment shows that PPE must be used, the requirements for the PPE must be defined. Of course, this is the only way to ensure that the personal protective equipment used later on offers the appropriate protection. Of course, the use of PPE must not lead to additional danger: Therefore, for example, wearing protective gloves on drilling machines or lathes is not permitted because of the risk of being pulled in. The following people should be involved in the selection of the right protective equipment, as they can contribute their expertise:
The Personal Protective Equipment Directive provides for product classification into three categories.
This category includes personal protective equipment for which it is assumed that the user himself can assess the effectiveness against minor risks and whose effect, if gradual, can be perceived by the user in good time and without danger (e.g. gloves).
This category includes all personal protective equipment that cannot be assigned to either category I or category III (e.g. safety helmets, protective footwear, hearing protectors).
Category III includes complex personal protective equipment intended to protect against lethal hazards or serious and irreversible damage to health and where it must be assumed that the user cannot recognise the immediate effect of the hazard in time (e.g. respiratory protective equipment, personal protective equipment for protection against falls from a height).
Personal protective equipment must also meet the ergonomic requirements and health needs of workers: It must be adaptable to the wearer. In principle, PPE is intended for use by only one person. If circumstances nevertheless require use by different employees (e.g. safety harnesses), the employer must ensure that health hazards or even hygiene concerns do not arise.
Not all protective equipment or work clothing is to be included in PPE. This includes:Nicht jede Schutzausrüstung bzw. Arbeitskleidung ist der PSA hinzuzurechnen. Dazu gehören: