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DOSH SIRIM PPE Approval

Applicable for all PPE products, including both imported and locally made PPE products.
Each PPE must have the approval from Director General of the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) as stipulated in the Factory and Machinery Act 1967, the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1994 and its Regulations.
Employer must ensure safety helmet, safety shoes and body harness use in workplaces have DOSH SIRIM label. The requirement for supplier/ manufacture PPE comply with testing and certification requirements by SIRIM were introduced by DOSH in 2016.
It is compulsory for employer to buy PPE products that have been approved by DOSH and labeled with “SIRIM-DOSH” labels.
There are 7 types of PPE that require the approval from Director General which includes respiratory, hearing, eyes, hands, feet, body and head protection.

SIRIM will conduct witness test at the factory with complete facilities. In the case if test was run by 3rd party laboratory, testing will be supervising by SIRIM and witness by DOSH if needed.

SIRIM will check on the similarity of the testing. Currently DOSH only recognizes product certification license and test report from SIRIM Qas International Sdn Bhd only.

i.   Testing is on the styles/model or on the material?

Full type test according to the standard requirements will be conducted on the products/ models to be certified. This will cover the design, performances and the materials. We are registering models in the licence and not the materials.

ii.  If applicant have multiple styles/model made from the same material – can 1 test report cover multiple styles/models?

If all models are made from the same material, SIRIM may consider to test only this material to represent all models if the application is the same. Some of the materials only suitable for single application such as resistance to chemicals or mechanical or fire or any other potential hazards.

iii. Can applicant provide the suits material instead of entire suit for testing?

In some cases, SIRIM will test the material also based on the standard requirement

Product certification licence validity is 1 year and yearly surveillance audit at factory may required before SIRIM renew this licence but other method could be used for surveillance instead of audit at factory

DOSH will further review the following points -

  1. Phased approach to lessen the burden for the industry
  2. To allow product grouping of family of similar type.
  3. Ways to reduce burden to the industry in term of cost (product test & factory audit) and time.