PPE and safety product buyers urged to CHECK-SELECT-PROTECT

The British Safety Industry Federation (BSiF) is urging buyers and end users of PPE and safety equipment to follow a simple process when specifying products to ensure that they are fit for purpose.


Under PPE Regulations, buyers of PPE and safety equipment have a responsibility to ensure that the products they buy are compliant, but many buyers don’t have the knowledge and resources to validate suppliers’ claims.

It is easy to assume that if products look like PPE and safety equipment and are marketed as such, they will provide the protection that’s needed. However, mounting evidence shows that this is not always the case, and the use of ineffective products that put people at risk of injury, or worse, is on the rise.

The simple solution is to ensure that your supplier is a member of the BSiF’s Registered Safety Supplier Scheme. Therefore, if you are a business or organisation in the UK that is buying PPE and safety equipment, the BSiF urges you to:

  • CHECK your supplier is BSiF Registered. BSiF audited suppliers are compliant, competent and trustworthy.
  • SELECT appropriate, certified and approved products. Registered Safety Suppliers can support the product selection process through their competence, capability and knowledge.
  • PROTECT your people, your most precious asset, and help your business to thrive.

BSiF CEO Alan Murray comments: “However you are sourcing your PPE and safety equipment, checking whether your vendor is a Registered Safety Supplier is a quick and easy way of ensuring they are committed to high standards of operation and are compliant with relevant regulations.

“Remember, anyone can sell safety, but you wouldn’t buy safety from just anyone. Always specify the shield.”

To find out more about the benefits of specifying a BSiF registered supplier in your supply chain, watch the BSiF’s video The BSIF Registered Safety Supplier Scheme: What you need to know when buying PPE & Safety Equipment.