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Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) protects users against health and safety risks at work and can include items such as safety helmets, gloves, masks, eye protection, high visibility clothing, safety footwear, safety harnesses and respiratory protective equipment.

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At SGS, global operational integrity and procurement functions have been collaborating with cross-functional representatives on a global PPE management program. The program involves selecting specific PPE that meets global design specifications and uses local and regional distributors to streamline the procurement process, while ensuring the quality, availability, adequacy and cost effectiveness of PPE for all employees requiring it. This global initiative aims to standardize PPE across regions, ensure that PPE meets quality assurance standards defined by individual countries and our own company and ensure that locally sourced PPE complies with our own company specifications. It also aims to achieve cost savings through the use of global pricing policies agreed with key suppliers.

Following a regional sourcing project to finalize the list of regional PPE items, an i-procurement catalog was created for each region to help to standardize the approach. During 2016, the global program was launched in all regions. SGS USA was the first country to fully implement the program. All other regions are expected to implement the program during 2017.