Directive 89/686/EEC makes no distinction between PPE used for work purposes and that used for leisure. The directive divides all PPE into three different categories according to the degree of risk. The higher the risk the PPE needs to protect against, the more stringent the certification procedure.
The Directive provides exclusive lists of ‘simple' and ‘complex' design PPE. The responsibility for deciding whether a product is covered by the Directive and if so, to which category that PPE belongs, rests with the manufacturer in the Community.