Purchasing body armour vests can be a daunting task; after all it's literally a matter of life and death. Every organisation has a obligation of care to ensure their employees are well protected from dangers. However, by asking a handful of key questions and taking into account the guidance from the Home Office, the best decision can be made quite simply, meaning you can rest easy that you're giving your staff the right protection.To help those who've been tasked with procuring body armour for their organisation, each week we'll explain a different feature of the body armour field, giving you a step-by-step guide to the key issues you should be considering. This should then make sure you have all the information needed to make an informed decision as to which body armour to deliver to your staff.Our first instalment begins with the most fundamental question, what is body armour? This question is not as silly as it may seem - in a marketplace where there are products that are labeled as "slash proof" that barely stop a Stanley knife; we believe quality is of the utmost importance.A body armour vest is a protective approach, manufactured to protect the wearer from death and grave injury whilst still being adaptable and lightweight sufficient to permit trouble-free movement in their job. It's very important to stress that no body armour can shield from all risks in all circumstances - body armour is stab, spike or bullet resilient to a particular level. These levels are set by the Home Office, and anybody seeking to adequately safeguard their staff should ensure they pick Home Office certified body armour. We'll post more about Home Office protection levels in the next few weeks.The 2 chief types of bullet vests are stab resistant (stab vests) and bullet resistant (ballistic vests). The top ballistic vests usually also incorporate knife protection also (hence they are "dual purpose" vests) - but this is not always the case and it is very important to confirm. There are also other challenges that your staff may be subjected to - for instance spikes (screwdrivers, ice picks), syringes and blunt trauma (body blows).