PPE Courses in Accordance with DGUV 312-906

What is PPE? - Definition, Important Facts and Consequences

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is worn to provide protection from hazards that could cause serious injuries or be fatal. PPE includes respiratory protection devices as used by the fire brigade, X-ray aprons, hearing protection, cut protection clothing, safety footwear and other similar equipment. PPE is used to provide fall protection for people working at height.

Personal fall protection equipment is used by scaffolders, roofers, fitters, special police units, the fire service and work-at-height rescue teams; i.e. by people who are exposed to dangerous heights at work or who work underground.

Should personal fall protection equipment fail then the wearer risks life and limb. The legal requirements governing the production, sale, placing on the market and use of PPE are accordingly strict. Anyone putting the equipment on the market is responsible for ensuring their PPE works perfectly. In addition, the Deutsche Gesetzliche Unfallversicherung (German Social Accident Insurance – DGUV) standard 112-1 198/199 (formerly: BGR 198/199) stipulates an annual maintenance interval for personal fall protection equipment. Maintenance may be carried out by qualified personnel, who have been trained in skills that meet DGUV 312-906 “Selection, training and certification of skilled personnel for personal protective equipment for fall protection”.

What most people don’t know is that climbing equipment available for hire – whether it’s free or for a charge – from mountain guides, climbing walls, high ropes courses, climbing associations, mountain guides and mountaineering schools, sport shops and tourism organisations is also classed as personal fall protection equipment. This means that it is subject to the same legal requirements as occupational health and safety PPE. Anyone supplying personal fall protection equipment to a third party as part of a commercial operation, which is not in perfect technical condition, is too old or damaged is acting negligently. Any organisation not adequately documenting that PPE has been properly checked and issued could have problems providing the required verification.

Training courses to become qualified personnel for personal fall protection equipment to meet DGUV 312-906 are not new.

However, these training courses focus mostly on personal fall protection equipment for occupational safety. This is why EDELRID is providing training to become qualified personnel for personal fall protection equipment for businesses in the sport and leisure sector. In addition to the standardised DGUV 312-906 course content, we focus on fall protection PPE for sports and leisure activities.

Further Information about our PPE courses:

PPE for sports and leisure activities PPE for work safety activities