Brexit - what will it mean for the Occupational Safety and Health industry in the UK?

Friday, August 12, 2016

This market has been based on European Directives for over 25 years and those in the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) market have shaped and resourced their businesses around these rules and requirements. The decision of the UK to leave the EU came just 2 months after the new PPE Regulation 2016/425 came “into force” and it becomes “applicable” in this country on the 21st of April 2018 well before any Brexit, regardless of when Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty is invoked.

The official word is that until the UK ceases to be a member of the EU, we will adopt EU legislation as normal. This is not an unexpected official position as to do otherwise would not be legal.

 It is believed the users and commercial operators in the UK PPE market will wish to adhere to the Regulation as it has become the norm with product platforms, product performances and international supply chains built around it. The preparations necessary to comply with the new Regulation were always going to present challenges and the referendum result will not help.

Though not without its problems in certain areas the PPE market which is an international market, works and it is thought that the UK will continue to recognise the legislation and that the safety of the UK workforce is not compromised.