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PPE chemical innocuousness

Annex II of the Personal Protective Equipment Directive provides a summary of the basic health and safety requirements with which products must comply. Clause 1.2 of Annex II is a requirement for ‘innocuousness’. This means that the PPE product itself must not expose the wearer or others to any additional hazards during normal, foreseeable use. REACH 1907/2006, Annex XVII – ‘Restricted substances’ legislation is also applicable to PPE, and additional testing may be required in order to comply with REACH requirements.