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Is Your Equipment Genuine?

While riding hats, body protectors and hi-viz are a must, it’s just as important to make sure your gear is up to standards – or you won’t be able to trust it to do the job you need.

These products are all classed as personal protective equipment (PPE) and need a CE safety certificate in order to be legally sold in the UK. However, the number of cases of fake products is on the rise. These items carry counterfeit CE safety certificates and are not only illegal but put lives at risk by not meeting the standards they claim to.

Leading brand names are common targets for counterfeiters. Buying from approved retailers is the best way to ensure the product you buy is genuine.

The British Safety Industry Federation has put together a handy checklist to help you be sure your gear is keeping you safe. Check out their leaflet on how to spot fake PPE and what to do if you think a product is fake. Visit the BSIF website (opens in new window) for more information.

•    Does the certificate clearly contain the notified body's name and number?
•    Is the notified body from within the EU? (There are a few non-EU notified bodies and therefore caution should be taken)
•    Does the certificate show signs of tampering, e.g. different fonts, sizes, colours changes?
•    Does the certificate contain a date and notified body signature? (Generally an individual)
•    Does the certificate have its own terms and conditions included? (It should)
•    Does the certificate show a clear description of the product, including model references, specifications and test references?
•    Does the certificate state that it is an EC-type examination certificate?
•    Does the certificate include a manufacturer's name and address?
•    If a validity period is stated on the certificate, is it still current?

If you answered ‘No’ to one or more of these questions, you should contact the retailer you purchased from for advice immediately. You can also speak directly to the notified body for confirmation of the validity of the certificate. If you're still uncertain, don't hesitate to call the BSIF on 01442 248744.

For more information, contact the BHS Safety team on 02476 840516 or safety@bhs.org.uk.

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