PPE Eye Protection: Expert Insights From uvex Safety’s Christo Nel Part 2

Let's Talk Safety - Episode 6

Join us for part 2 as we discuss the evolving standards of eye protection in South Africa. We look into the adoption of the European EN166 standard, now recognised as SANS 50166:2018 and discuss the implications for both compliance and manufacturing within the local context. Christo Nel, MD of uvex Safety South Africa sheds light on EN certification for compliance, and the broader issues of product quality and liability in the global market.

This episode contains expert insights and practical advice on how to ensure compliance with safety standards for eyewear in South Africa.

Are you a safety officer, procurement manager or a professional involved in workplace health and safety? Then this podcast is for you.


1. Adoption of European Standards in South Africa:

  • How South Africa has adopted the European EN166 standard, now SANS 50166:2018.

2. Compliance and Certification:

  • Discussion on the reliance on EN certification for compliance with South African standards.

3. Local Testing Limitations:

  • Challenges associated with the lack of local testing facilities for eye protection.

4. Liability and Quality Control:

  • The issues of liability, quality control, and the role of manufacturers and importers in ensuring product safety.

5. Implications for Industries:

  • How these eye protection standards impact various industries and the importance of adhering to them for safety and legal reasons.



If you missed Part 1 of this two part series you can listen to it HERE.

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