Updated: Dec 20, 2021
Is your PPE compliant to AS/NZ Standards?
No one can miss the bright orange glow of hi-viz being worn on the worksite but did you know you can’t just buy any old thing?
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) needs to be compliant to AS/ NZ standards.
Most PPE items in NZ undergo tests to meet AS/NZ standards. The items should have markings on the products that show this, or will be advertised in store stating that they
meet AS/NZ standards.
If product does not meet standards PCBU are at risk of not having practicable protection for your workers and should injury occur may face fines.
If you are unsure a product meets standards ask your PPE retailer, they will be able to provide documentation regarding standard certification.
“PPE - the last line of defence”
Finding the certification
If PPE is certified you will find a marking or sticker on the product. Shoes will have the marking on the tonged, jackets on the labels and glasses even have the marking on the arm bands.
Some products have addition ratings to show the performance levels.