Matthew Judson explains how ear defenders are due to be reclassified under the EU’s new Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Regulation.

Reclassifying ear defenders as Category 3, comparable to respiratory protection products, proves the gravity of harmful occupational noise risks. From April this year, the new EU PPE Regulation to supersede the PPE Directive 89/686/EEC will be in place.

Unlike the directive, which had to be transposed into national law by each state, the new regulation is a binding legislative act and applies automatically in its entirety across the EU.

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