|The PPE Competency Center|
Development progresses rapidly in PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) while at the same time demands on the user increases. PPE has gone from providing protection for a specific kind of danger to a situation where PPE is to protect against a number of dangers, multirisks, while still being comfortable to wear. This situation puts high demands on the development of materials and functions in garments for them to match market requirements.
Development of new materials and concepts is costly. The companies working with PPE in Sweden are small and medium-sized and thus do not have the financial resources to do development work on their own. There is also a demand for transfer of knowledge to PPE companies, primarily regarding the demands of the European market and other international markets.
The main objectives for the PPE Competency Center
To create a national competency center for PPE, focusing on textile materials and international penetration. The competency center is to work primarily on the national level while maintaining an international network of contacts. Its primary activities are:
The effects of these activities will hopefully:
The project is delimited to PPE with textile elements covered by the PPE directive and PPE which is used by the military, the civil defense, in sports, in health care and by the police.
The project management group consists of representatives from the SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden, SP Certifications, TST Sweden AB, University of Borås, Swerea IVF and the Faculty of Engineering at Lund University.
Peter Löwenhielm, SP Chemistry and Materials
Lennars Aronsson, SP Certification
For over three years, the European Commission has identified Personal Protective Equipment and protective wear as an EU lead market initiative and since then, a considerable number of projects, networks and studies have been conducted, covering a broad spectrum of topics such as R&D, innovation, standardization, public sector procurement, education and market access.
The purpose of using PPE is lowering the wearer’s exposure to risk when technical or administrative supervision is unavailable or not effective enough to reduce risk to an acceptable level.