Registered Safety Supplier Scheme
All PPE must be correctly tested and certified to meet the appropriate European standard. Unfortunately, the quantity of non-approved product being sold into the UK is on the increase. Such products should not be used for business because they contravene safety legislation.
A number of items are available that claim CE approvals but in reality they have not been appropriately certified. Even worse, some items are in fact counterfeits of existing products. In our experience these products just do not perform as they should, putting lives at risk and again exposing the user to prosecution.
To help combat this, the BSIF has created the Registered Safety Supplier (RSS) scheme. Companies displaying the scheme’s logo have signed a binding declaration that the safety equipment they offer meets the appropriate standards, fully complies with the PPE regulations and is appropriately CE marked.
All Registered Safety Suppliers are independently audited to confirm compliance with the scheme’s requirements. Remember, by using a Registered Safety Supplier you can be sure you will only be supplied with genuine, appropriately approved product and you will receive sound advice without any attempt to mislead you.
A Registered Safety Supplier Scheme member…
Þ Formally declares and commits to selling only Certified PPE and safety products that perform to claims made
Þ Submits their products to random independent scheme testing
Þ Commits to having their customer facing staff educated and accredited in the Safe Supply Course
Þ Maintains a company Quality Policy
Þ As a Federation member trades honestly and ethically
Who benefits …
Þ The purchasers and end users of safety products and PPE – with product that performs as it should
Þ The purchasers and users of safety products and PPE—sourced from capable, value adding suppliers
The full list of scheme benefits for members and end users can be found here: RSSS Benefits
The British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF) is the lead association for the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Directive and is recognised as a Competent Authority by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE). The BSIF has active links with many government departments and over 130 representative Trade Bodies.
Set up in 1994, the Federation currently has some 280 members, ranging from manufacturers and distributors of safety products through to test houses, certification bodies and safety professionals. Membership is accommodated within a number of sector trade associations.
Today the BSIF is firmly established as the major independent voice of the British safety industry, helping to both influence legislation and provide industry in general with a source of authoritative information on a range of workplace safety issues, while representing the needs of its members.
‘Supporting all those who keep people safe & healthy at work and passionate to ensure that Safety & Health is a positive force for good.'