Standards and regulations for respirators
From design to use, category 3 Personal Protective Equipment, or PPE, is subject to stringent regulations, as you would expect for equipment and devices that protect users against lethal risks.
Read on to discover the legislation specifically concerned with respiratory protective equipment, as well as the list of European standards.
Category 3 PPE: legal obligations
Regulation (EU) 2016/425 of 9 March 2016 on personal protective equipment (the PPE regulation) covers the design, manufacture and marketing of personal protective equipment.
In order to be placed on the market, respiratory protective equipment must undergo conformity tests carried out by certified bodies. CE marking, followed by the reference number of the certified body, is then affixed to the equipment as evidence of compliance of the product with the applicable EU legislation.
Council Directive 89/656/EEC of 30/11/1989 on the use of PPE lays down the obligations of employers. They are required to carry out a risk assessment and determine the most appropriate personal protective equipment, and are responsible for the servicing and maintenance of the equipment as well as the training of employees in how to use the PPE properly.
This directive was transposed into French law under articles L. 4321-1 to L 4321-5, R. 4321-4 to R. 4323-91 to R. 4323-106 of the French Labour Code.
List of European standards
- NF EN 14387+A1 April 2008, cancelling and repealing NF EN 14387 and NF EN 372
Respiratory protective devices - Gas filter(s) and combined filter(s) - Requirements, testing, marking (except CO filters)
- NF EN 143/A1 September 2006 replacing NF EN 143
Respiratory protective devices - Particle filters - Requirements, testing, marking
- NF EN 149/IN1 September 2009 replacing NF EN 149
Respiratory protective devices - Filtering half masks to protect against particles - Requirements, testing, marking
- NF EN 136 March 1998
Respiratory protective devices - Full face masks - Requirements, testing, marking
- NF EN 137 January 2007
Respiratory protective devices - Self-contained open-circuit compressed air breathing apparatus with full face mask - Requirements, testing, marking
- NF EN 144-1 April 2018
Respiratory protective devices - Gas cylinder valves - Part 1: inlet connections
- NF EN 144-2 April 2018
Respiratory protective devices - Gas cylinder valves - Part 2: outlet connections
- NF EN 402 October 2003
Respiratory protective devices - Lung governed demand self-contained open-circuit compressed air breathing apparatus with full face mask or mouthpiece assembly for escape - Requirements, testing, marking
- NF EN 1146 January 2006
Respiratory protective devices - Self-contained open-circuit compressed air breathing apparatus incorporating a hood for escape - Requirements, testing, marking
- NF EN 14594 May 2018
Respiratory protective devices - Continuous flow compressed air line breathing devices - Requirements, testing and marking
- NF EN 14593-1 May 2018
Respiratory protective devices - Compressed air line breathing apparatus with demand valve - Part 1: devices with a full face mask - Requirements, testing, marking
- French decree of 20 November 2017
Concerning the in-service monitoring of pressurised equipment and simple pressure vessels
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