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Alert raised over dodgy PPE

The British Safety Industry Federation is warning that a lot of personal protective equipment (PPE) on the market does not offer the advertised protection.

Examples of substandard products the BSIF came across for sale in 2022 include: • An 'indestructible safety trainer' that failed the midsole penetration test. • 'Cut-resistant gloves' that failed the relevant cut test • A 'safety harness & lanyard' provided without any user instructions or documentation. BSIF chief executive Alan Murray said: “Our latest findings are very concerning and reinforce the importance of only using a BSIF Registered Safety Supplier when procuring PPE and safety equipment.

“The reality is that selling PPE and safety equipment comes with complex responsibilities and it can be hard for even the most diligent suppliers to keep up with the rules and regulations. That’s why at the BSIF we maintain that even though anyone can sell safety, you shouldn’t buy safety from just anyone.

"We urge all buyers and specifiers to review their current processes and consider what assurances they have that the PPE and safety equipment they are being supplied with is fit for purpose. “Specifying a Registered Safety Supplier is the easiest way to ensure you are only dealing with compliant, competent and trustworthy suppliers."

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