PK Safety becomes part of the BSIFPosted on 4th September 2019

Did you know that PK Safety is a BSIF Registered Safety Supplier? This means you can be positive that all PPE bought from us has been correctly tested and certified to meet the appropriate European standard.

 

Who are the British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF)?

 

 

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 210 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.

 

What are the benefits of using a BSIF member?

 

  • Membership demonstrates a strong commitment to safety and ethical trading.
  • Their strong links to government together with standards making authorities and safety enforcement agencies means that the Safety industry’s voice can be heard.
  • By working closely with other industry stakeholders and safety equipment users, the BSIF and its members can deliver enhanced safety messages and contact opportunities to develop the market.
  • BSIF is able to support its members in export activities and exhibitions through UKT&I schemes. They also provide extensive networking opportunities with other BSIF members and industry stakeholders as well as training, accreditation and strong PR opportunities.

 

BSIF Registered Safety Supplier Scheme

 

 

Alongside our membership, we have also been added to the Registered Safety Supplier Scheme.

 

As being part of the scheme, it means all PPE we buy/sell 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.

 

If you need anymore information please contact us directly as marketing@pksafetyuk.com or give us a call on 01443 741999.

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