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These Regulations give effect to Council Directive 93/95/EEC of 29th October 1993 (O.J. No. L276, 9.11.93, p.11) amending Directive 89/686/EEC on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to personal protective equipment (O.J. No. L399, 30.12.89, p.18) (known as the “PPE Directive”) in respect of the application of the PPE Directive by the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1992 and the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1993.
They also give effect to the amendments made by Council Directive 93/68/EEC of 22nd July 1993 (O.J. No. L220, 30.8.93, p.1) (known as the “CE Marking Directive”) to the PPE Directive, which was implemented by the Personal Protective Equipment (EC Directive) Regulations 1992 and applied by the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1992, the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 and the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1993. Provision is made for giving notices requiring conformity with the requirements of the PPE Directive (as amended) relating to affixing of the CE marking. Until the end of 1996, equipment may comply with the PPE Directive either as amended or not as amended by the CE Marking Directive.
References in the Personal Protective Equipment (EC Directive) Regulations 1992 to the Community and to Member States are to be read, by virtue of section 2(1) of the European Economic Area Act 1993, as references to the European Economic Area and to states party to the Agreement creating the Area.
A Compliance Cost Assessment in respect of these Regulations is available and a copy can be obtained from the Department of Trade and Industry, Standards Policy Unit, 3rd Floor, 151 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 9SS.
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