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Argentina Standards: Personal Protective Equipment

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Argentina Standards: Personal Protective Equipment

Postby qszheng_forum » Mon Nov 17, 2008 1:42 pm

The Secretariat of Industry, Commerce and Mining of the Republic of Argentina issued Resolution 896/99 mandating compliance with safety requirements for all personal protective equipment to be marketed in Argentina. The stated purpose of the regulation is to ensure the safety of workers.

1. Resolution 896/99 was published in the official bulletin on December 13, 1999.

The resolution becomes effective 180 days after publication, i.e., on or about June 13, 2000. Please consult the resolution for pertinent details. This regulation is referenced on the web site www.inti.gov.ar .

2. Annex I of the resolution defines the following twelve groups of products covered by the regulation:

(A) hearing protection
(B) eye protection
(C) head protection
(D) full or partial face protection
(E) protective clothing
(F) respiratory protection
(G) lower limbs protection and anti-sliding devices
(H) upper limbs protection
(I) free fall protection
(J) radiation protection
(K) driver's head protection
(L) drowning by immersion prevention elements.

The essential safety requirements (given in annex ii of the resolution) are presumed to have been met when products conform to applicable Argentine IRAM, regional Mercosur, European or ISO international standards. Other national standards may be acceptable if in the opinion of the dnci they guarantee compliance with the essential requirements.

Manufacturers, importers, distributors, wholesalers and retailers must obtain certification or require certification to show compliance with the essential safety requirements. It must be a certification with mark of conformity, granted by an entity recognized by the DNCI (Direccion Nacional de Comercio Interior, national domestic trade office). Conforming products will bear the official safety mark.

DNCI will inform the office of risks in the workplace the certification bodies that have been recognized for the personal protective equipment mandatory regime.

Certificates must be presented to the DNCI. Certification entities must notify dnci and the office of risks in the workplace which products have been certified, as well as other relevant information. The DNCI will provide the necessary information to customs to authorize the importation of these products.

Certification as provided by Resolution 896/99 does not exempt those responsible for the products from meeting these and other regulatory requirements. If after marketing, it becomes apparent that the products are dangerous, those responsible must inform the government and users by means of sufficient advertisement.
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