Different Categories of PPE Regulation

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Personal protective equipment (PPE)

refers to protective clothing, helmets, goggles, or other garments or equipment designed to protect the wearer's body from injury or infection. The hazards addressed by protective equipment include physical, electrical, heat, chemicals, biohazards, and airborne particulate matter. Protective equipment may be worn for job-related occupational safety and health purposes, as well as for sports and other recreational activities. "Protective clothing" is applied to traditional categories of clothing, and "protective gear" applies to items such as pads, guards, shields, or masks, and others.
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Category I – Simple PPE

PPE in this category is designed to protect users against minimal risks. These include as examples: 
• superficial mechanical injury; 
• contact with water or cleaning materials of weak action; 
• contact with hot surfaces not exceeding 50°C; 
• damage to the eyes due to exposure to sunlight (other than during observation of the sun); 
• atmospheric conditions that are not of an extreme nature.
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Category II – Intermediate PPE

Category II includes risks other than those listed in Categories I and III. The following products are included as examples:
• Safety spectacles and goggles
• Industrial helmets and bump caps
• Hi visibility clothing
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Nomex / Kevlar full body harness
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Nomex / Kevlar full body harness

Category III – Complex PPE

PPE falling under this category ‘includes exclusively the risks that may cause very serious consequences such as death or irreversible damage to health’ Risks include:
• substances and mixtures which are hazardous to health 
• atmospheres with oxygen deficiency
• harmful biological agents
• ionising radiation 
• high-temperature environments the effects of which are comparable to those of an air temperature of at least 100 °C 
• low-temperature environments the effects of which are comparable to those of an air temperature of – 50 °C or less 
• falling from a height; (h) electric shock and live working
• drowning 
• cuts by hand-held chainsaws 
• high-pressure jets
• bullet wounds or knife stabs 
• harmful noise.
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