SME Safety elects new President and Vice President

February 14, 2020

SME Safety, the European association of small and medium-sized enterprises that manufacture safety products, is proud to announce the election of its new President, Mr PierPaolo Zani. Mr Zani is the General Manager at BLS Srl, with more than 15 years of experience in respiratory protection devices. Upon his election, Mr Zani said, “I’m glad to take up this role at SME Safety. SMEs are the backbone of the European economy and we must ensure their voice is heard in safety product policy at the international level”. 

SME Safety has also elected a new vice president: Mr Vitek Puc from MALINA Safety. Mr Puc is the Operations Director and has been involved in R&D and certification of new products. “As MALINA Safety is an SME, my big focus in this role will be to endorse the interests of SMEs in standardisation”, said Mr Puc about his election. 

Under the new leadership, SME Safety will be working alongside its partners to improve the representation of SMEs and their respective organisations in European standardisation-related activities affecting their sector.  

In particular, SME Safety will: 

  1. Work to increase the participation and representation of SMEs in standardisation-related activities at EU level.  

  1. Ensure that SMEs’ positions are recognised with regard to European legislation and standardisation to support sustainable business models for the PPE and textile care industry. 

  1. Support the SME community in the sector in voicing their positions and requirements during new regulation implementation processes.  

  1. Continue representing SMEs in standards-setting organizations such as CEN TC79 and ISO/TC 94 to make sure standards for respiratory protective devices are adapted to SME needs. 

  1. Intensify the collaboration with Small Business Standards (SBS) and Deutscher Textilreinigungs-Verband (DTV) to guarantee a strong and unified presence at EU level. 

  1. Attract more members to ensure wider and more inclusive representation of the PPE sector across in EU policymaking. 



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