UNI TR 11858 Technical Report: 2022

UNI announced the publication of UNI TR 11858 Technical Report: 2022“Internet of things technologies in the use of personal protective equipment – ​​indicators related to the integration of electronic systems in the management and use of personal protective equipment” describing Characteristics of IoT technologies applied to personal protective equipmentand its management and interaction with the wearer and the work environment.

was the relationship put with INAIL which confirms that this is the first Italian legislative document dealing with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) associated with “Internet of Things” technologies; A starting point for a future technical organization in the field of “Industry 4.0”.

UNI TR 11858 Technical Report: 2022: What does it contain?

The report contains Functional and constructive characteristics of these systemsthey Possible applications in the field of securityways in which PPE can be accompanied by markings (embedding, compatibility, customization) and Main functions such as manufacturer, employer and notifying body Participate in the design/use/certification processes of the device. Then it is deepened I Issues related to media, education and trainingManagement of acquired data and assessment of risks related to the use of IoT systems.

Internet of Things technologies for personal protective equipment: impacts on the world of security

INAIL, in a commentary on the report, explains how the use of IoT technologies in the security sector will expand the role of personal protective equipment, which has so far become part of residual risk management and soon part of the PPE based prevention system. networking of thingsdesigned to develop and contribute to Improving health and safety conditions in the workplace.

Advantages of Internet of Things technology for safety at work

The introduction of IoT technologies, for businesses, can Simplify management and maintenance of PPEThey are supportive of the application of company legislation and regulations, and are useful for managing areas with controlled access or machinery that requires certain precautions.

Internet of Things Technology: What are the benefits for the worker?

For the worker, these systems can allow access to information regarding suitability of personal protective equipment, instructions for use and maintenance, company procedures and work methods; In the case of active signs, then, functions can be introduced to support the safety level of the worker, such as, for example, reporting failure or incorrect use of personal protective equipment, measuring parameters in order to allow timely rescue in the event of an accident, direct and immediate reporting


IoT technology takes advantage of the addition of tags to PPE, tags that have multiple functions but should not alter or harm the functionality of the PPE itself.

What are TAGs in PPE used?

INAIL reminds you that the use of personal protective equipment with tags has multiple functions: it allows the connection of objects on the network and the exchange of data and information

What are TAGs in PPE?

It mainly consists of active or passive tags applied or embedded in the personal protective equipment, in interface with standard protocols that obtain data from the tag, in a management system to collect, analyze and manage the same.

Who can insert the tag into PPE?

The mark can be added to personal protective equipment by one of the designated economic operators in the supply chain (manufacturer, authorized representative, importer, distributor) or by the business owner. In general, if the mark is not designed and entered by the manufacturer, who is responsible for ensuring that the PPE maintains its protective efficacy unchanged and that the mark does not pose an additional risk, the person responsible for providing the PPE mark undertakes to provide the same guarantees.

In-depth articles on IoT technology

To learn more about IoT technology, see the articles in Environment & Safety at Work:

Environment and safety at work January February 2022 Point – the future of the world of work in a virtual environment Francesco Battelli
Environment and safety at work February 2020 Industry 4.0 and safety at work: technology advances Francesco Bicaglia de Echer, Francesco Murillo

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