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 Trade Association for the safety industry and acts as a leading voice for the sector. Set up in 1994 the Federation has some 400 members representing the complete supply chain including manufacturers, importers and distributors of personal protective equipment (PPE) and safety products, through to test houses, certification bodies and specialist safety service providers.
BSIF work closely with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Trading Standards with whom we have a Primary Authority partnership. BSIF are the UK’s leading association for the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Regulation 2016/425 and provide guidance for PPE compliance, working closely with Regulators, we are active across a range of Government departments. Our close relationship and influence with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) continues to develop our access to the appropriate agencies which allows us to be at the forefront on legislation and policy in the post-Brexit era.
We actively support our member organisations through a variety of means and have their collective interests at the heart of what we do. Whether we are promoting industry guidance or bringing together stakeholders, the BSIF’s mantra is always ‘to support all those keeping people safe and healthy at work” whilst re-affirming the message that Health & Safety is a positive force for good’.
Through the Registered Safety Supplier Scheme (RSSS), BSIF is helping to improve standards in the UK market by ensuring our members adhere to relevant regulation. The scheme seeks to improve the quality of product and the capability of suppliers, keeping users and buyers up to date, while promoting the merits of using RSSS members to source PPE and safety products.