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October 6, 2010

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EEF backs supplier’s bid to tackle counterfeit PPE

PPE firm Protec Direct has signed an agreement to become the preferred supplier to manufacturers’ organisation EEF in a bid to tackle growing sales of counterfeit protective equipment.

An increasing number of PPE products are entering the UK with forged CE marks and certificates, which compromises the safety of employees who use the items. Protec Direct has appointed SATRA, a European notified body, to test each of its products to ensure that they conform to the relevant European standards.

The partnership will give EEF members a 20 percent discount on Protec Direct’s products, and leave them in no doubt that the products are safe and fully tested. EEF head of health and safety, Steve Pointer, said: “Employers have a responsibility to ensure that they are equipping their employees with equipment which is safe and properly certified.  

“Handing out fake PPE can be worse than providing nothing at all as it gives a false sense of security.  We welcome Protec’s stand to protect both workers and the companies who employ them.”

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