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European PSA Regulation in force since spring. What you have to take note of!

All manufacturers who want to bring PPE onto the market within the European Union must comply with legal requirements. The new European PPE Regulation (2016/425/EU) has been in force since 21 April 2019. It replaces the European PPE Directive (89/686/EEC). This means that only PPE that complies with the new regulation may be placed on the market.

All those who manufacture PPE must therefore adapt their products to the basic requirements of the PPE Regulation in draft form. A comparison of these requirements was already published some time ago by TÜV Süd. Download here

Within the framework of European product safety law, manufacturers have a high degree of personal responsibility. According to the Product Safety Act (ProdSG), compliance with relevant requirements must be monitored by the manufacturers themselves.

Only those who meet the requirements can survive in today's competitive environment. However, competitive advantages often come primarily from an added value which can result from the higher efficiency of the products.

In the case of PPE and workwear clothing, for example, this added value is the resistance in the industrial washing process. Anyone who provokes limitations here, e.g. through the use of non-heat-resistant closure systems, risks shorter lifetimes and weakens their competitive position.

Prym has therefore developed special industrial laundry pushbutton systems for this segment:

  • All ring spring, S-spring and Gripfix/Variogrip button set variants made of stainless steel, nickel-plated and nickel-free silver, are suitable for clothing in the field of heat-flame protection and welder protection and suitable for industrial washing.

  • The serrated ring (Gripfix and Variogrip) in stainless steel is resistant in the area of heat-flame protection and welder protection. This variant is suitable for industrial laundry and well suited for polo shirts.

  • Articles in stainless steel with blackened surface (so that the silver-coloured buttons on the clothing are not so extremely noticeable) are resistant in the area of heat-flame protection and welder protection and suitable for industrial laundry.

  • The solid-coloured plastic button 2010 in the flame-retardant version is resistant to arc faults, heat and flames and fulfils welder protection requirements. It is also suitable for industrial washing.


For more information about our workwear products come visit us at the A+A in Düsseldorf from November 5th - 8th

Hall 3 / Booth E25

We would also be happy to arrange a personal meeting. Simply write to us at kontakt(at)prym-workwear(dot)com