PPE Regulation (EU) 2016/425

Establishes guidelines and requirements for the design, manufacturing, and use of PPE to ensure the health and safety of employees. 

Employer Requirement

Risk assessment

Employers must conduct a thorough risk assessment to identify hazards that require PPE.

Providing Suitable

PPE Employers are responsible for providing suitable and CE-marked PPE to protect employees.


Clear instructions and training on proper PPE use must be provided to employees.


Employers should regularly inspect, maintain, and replace damaged or expired PPE.


Protocols for monitoring PPE usage, compliance, and effectiveness need to be established.


Adhering to the regulation prioritizes employee safety and creates a safe working environment.

Employer Consequences

Legal Penalties:

Non-compliance with the regulation can lead to legal consequences. If violations are identified, employers may face fines, penalties, or legal action. Occupational Health and Safety Risks: Failure to comply with PPE regulations puts employees at risk. Without proper protective equipment, workers may be exposed to hazards that could result in injuries, illnesses, or even fatalities.

Reputation Damage:

Non-compliance with regulations can harm the reputation of employers. News of safety violations or incidents due to inadequate PPE can result in negative publicity, loss of public trust, and damage to the company’s brand image.

Employee Dissatisfaction and Legal Claims:

Employees perceiving that their safety is compromised due to non-compliant PPE, can lead to dissatisfaction and low morale.

Increased Insurance Costs: 

Insurance companies may consider non-compliance with safety regulations as a risk factor when determining premiums.

What Is An Arc Flash?

An arc flash is a sudden release of electrical energy that occurs when current jumps across a gap between two conductors or from a conductor to a ground. The arc flash generates an intense burst of heat and light that can cause serious injuries, damage to equipment, and fires.

Arc flashes can occur in a wide range of electrical systems and equipment, including switchgear, transformers, motors, and other high-voltage components. They can be caused by a variety of factors, including equipment failure, human error, or a short circuit.

The intense heat generated by an arc flash can cause severe burns, as well as ignite clothing and other materials in the surrounding area, leading to secondary fires. The bright light from the arc flash can also cause temporary or permanent vision damage.

To prevent arc flash incidents, it’s important to follow proper electrical safety procedures, including wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), de-energizing equipment before working on it, and maintaining a safe distance from energized equipment.

Understanding Arc Ratings and Calories

Now that you understand FR clothing is tested and given an arc rating, you know that the arc rating measures the amount of heat the flame resistant fabric blocks when exposed to electric arc. The arc rating is the number of calories that the garment is expected to “absorb” if exposed to an electric arc. Arc rating is, in essence, the level of protection provided to you, the wearer.

Calorie is the unit of measure of the heat energy of an arc flash and the protective level of FR clothing. The bigger the calorie number, the greater the heat energy level of arc flash and the greater the protective level of the clothing. You will be protected from an electric arc if your clothing has a higher calorie arc rating than the calories of heat generated by the arc.

While it does not matter if the fabric has an Ebt,  ATPV and or ELIM value, it is important to pay attention to the calorie level the fabric can support* (as expressed in cal/cm2)