The British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF) has warned builders merchants of the availability of dangerous counterfeit safety helmets that have found their way onto the international market.
The counterfeit and sub-standard safety helmets, believed to be of Asian origin, are marked under the brand name “Burly” and “MkII”.
The BSIF said that the helmets do not meet the requirements of the British and European Standard, EN397 and are “extremely dangerous; they must not be worn and should be destroyed immediately”.
The helmets are copies of the well-known MkII safety helmet, a product manufactured by JSP in the UK and should not be confused as being one and the same.
To help combat the arrival of counterfeit and illegal Counterfeit Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), the BSIF has introduced the Registered Safety Supplier Scheme (RSSS). The scheme ensures that all PPE is tested to the known performance requirement as stipulated by CE standards and that you are buying from a recognised and reputable source.
If in doubt, please carry out inspections of your helmets and if you find a counterfeit helmet, please contact the BSIF at email@example.com or by phone on +44 (0)1442 248744.