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The requirements for PPE approval are stipulated in Factory and Machinery Act 1967, Occupational Safety and Health Act 1994 and its Regulations. These legislations can be referred from Legislations on PPE.

Yes, PPE approval under FMA Act 1967 is still required until the date appointed by the Minister by notification in the Gazette for Amendment of OSHA and Repeal of FMA.

It is applicable for all PPE products using in the workplaces, including both imported and locally made PPE products.

There are 7 types of PPE that require the approval from Director General of DOSH which includes respiratory, hearing, eyes, hands, foot, body and head protection. Summary of approval requirement is as below:

Type of PPE

Required Approval

Not Required Approval


All type of head protection



Chemical hazard protection

Others than handling chemicals


All type of hearing protection

Include with earmuff with noise cancellation



Chemical hazard protection

Mechanical Hazard protection


Chemical hazard protection

Mechanical & Electrical Hazard protection


Electrical hazard protection glove and cut resistant glove


Safety harness, life lines and all devices for the attachment of life lines.

Include any accessories such as Pack Rope Shock Absorber

Bosun Chair

Chemical hazard protection

Mechanical Hazard protection


Chemical hazard protection

Particulate respirators used for Covid-19 outbreak control and

Self-Contain Breathing Apparatus, Emergency Life Support Apparatus

The enforcement date as below

  • Head and Foot Protection-since 1st June 2020
  • Respirator Protection (Particulate Filter)- start 1st June 2021
  • Body Protection (Safety Harness and Accessories)- start 1st June 2021
  • Others type of PPE -start 1st June 2022
    • respiratory protection (other than particulate)
    • hearing protection
    • eye protection (chemical hazard)
    • hands protection (chemical hazard)
    • body protection (chemical hazard)

Employer must ensure all PPE use in workplaces have DOSH-SIRIM certification marks. The requirement for PPE supplier or manufacture to obtain DOSH-SIRIM approval has been introduced by DOSH in 2016.

PPE without DOSH approval is allowed to use until it’s expiry. The next purchase of PPE must have DOSH approval with DOSH-SIRIM certification marks.

Please refer http://mykkp.dosh.gov.my/ > Log masuk ke MySKUD > Pendaftaran dan Pembaharuan Kelengkapan Pelindung Diri (KPD).

For further info, refer flowchart for DOSH-SIRIM Approval please refer DOSH-SIRIM approval flowchart.

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.