Personal protective equipment
Personal protective equipment includes any equipment that can be worn on as clothing or footwear, on top of your head or in your hands, in order to protect your life and health. The most common personal protective equipment for regular consumers includes reflectors and reflector vests, sunglasses ja helmets.
Although you cannot test the personal protective equipment’s conformity with its requirements, there are some things you should know when choosing this type of products.
Pay attention to the marking of the reflector. The labelling on pedestrian reflectors has to include name of the product, information about the manufacturer, CE marking, reference to the standard that establishes requirements of the reflector’s quality (reflection characteristics, size of the reflecting surface), and instructions in Estonian. Reflector vest labelling has to include size and care markings in addition to the aforementioned information.
Always prefer bigger reflectors to smaller ones. Make sure that the writing or printed picture on the reflector would not be so large as to cover the entire surface of the reflector.
If you have any suspicions that the reflector does not comply with its requirements or has insufficient labelling, be sure to inform the Consumer Protection Board.
Check the marking of the sunglasses. The labelling should be on the frame, label or packaging.
The marking should give you information about the protection level of the sunglasses. According to the European Standard, sunglasses are divided into four filter categories (0-4). Sunglasses in the zero category let in the most light and UV radiation, those in the fourth category let in the least.
The labelling of sunglasses has to have the CE marking.
The letter N of the marking refers to glass lenses that are made of regular plastic or mineral glass, and protect from UV radiation. The letter P refers to polarized glass lenses that are made of plastic or mineral glass. The letter F stands for photochromic lenses that darken automatically in accordance with the level of UV radiation.
Try the sunglasses on. Make sure that the sunglasses fit you tightly so that they would also provide protection from radiation coming in from the sides. Try on different glasses and pick those that best suit the shape of your face.
Check the marking of the helmet. The marking of a helmet has to include, among other things, name of the brand or manufacturer, intended use of the particular model, size or size range of the helmet (head circumference in centimetres), helmet weight, CE marking.
The helmet has to be marked in a way that the information on it would remain readable throughout the entire lifecycle.
Try the helmet on. A helmet has to protect you from potential harm (head injuries in the case of falling), its inner surface should let your skin breathe and the helmet should not restrict your field of vision or move from its initial position.