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Thursday 16th August 2018 07:36AM GMT

Protective Clothing standards

Protective Clothing

Protective clothing is used in a wide variety of hazard scenarios, with a range of standards designed to assess products offering suit protection against extremes of temperature or chemical exposure to splash proof aprons.
 
All protective clothing will only remain effective if properly maintained and cleaned in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions. Contamination from dust and toxins can increase the risk of the protective suit becoming susceptible to ignition from naked flames.

As with all protective equipment, protective clothing will only perform within specified parameters and it is important that all users are familiar with the limitations of the equipment.

EN 342: Protection Against Cold.
Products are tested by measuring the insulation for an ensemble (jacket, trouser) worn. Air permeability and breathability are also measured.

EN 343: Protection Against Foul Weather.
These garments are intended to protect against weather conditions with combinations of precipitation, rain, fog, humidity and wind at temperatures down to +5°C.There are two categories for this standard.
X - Resistance to water penetration. Scale of 1 - 3.
Y - Garment breathability. Scale of 1 - 3.

EN 20471: High Visibility Clothing (Superseded EN 471).
The standard specifies requirements for clothing intended to provide visibility of the user in hazardous situations under any light conditions by day and under illumination by vehicle headlights in the dark (24 hours visibility). Effective visibility is to be provided by a fluorescent fabric and reflective stripes. There are three categories for this standard.
Index 1 - Minimum requirement for low risk environments, such as accompanied site visitors.
Index 2 - Minimum requirement for medium risk environments, such as construction sites or warehouses.
Index 3 - Recommended to be worn when working on and/or near any live traffic lane.

EN ISO 14116: Protection against occasional, but brief contact with small flames (Superseded EN 533).
Index 1 - The flame doesn't spread, there is no flaming debris, nor afterglow. A small aperture in the fabric may have formed.
Index 2 - The flame doesn't spread, there is no flaming debris, nor afterglow. No aperture in the fabric.
Index 3 - The flame doesn't spread, there is no flaming debris, nor afterglow. No aperture in the fabric, the afterflames duration should not exceed 2 seconds.

EN 532: Protection Against Heat and Flame (for the workers of industry exposed to heat).
The standard specifies the performance requirements for protective clothing for workers from industry against the brief contacts with a flame and against at least a type of heat. Heat can be presented in the form of convective heat, of radiant heat, significant projections of molten metals or a combination of these risks of heat.

EN ISO 11612: A-F Heat & Flame Protection (Superseded EN 351)
This specifies the required performance for garments that protect the body from heat and/or flames with the exception of hands. Higher number denotes better performance.
A - Limited heat spread. A1 - A2.
B - Resistance to convective heat. B1 - B3.
C - Resistance to radiant heat. C1 - C4.
D - Molten aluminium splash. D1 - D3.
E - Molten iron splash. E1 - E3.
F - Contact heat. F1 - F2.

EN 1149: Antistatic Protective Clothing.
The standard specifies the electrostatic requirements and the test methods for protective clothing dissipating static electricity to avoid sparks which could ignite inflammable substances. The current European standard does not apply for protection against mains voltage.
EN 1149-1 Measure of electrical surface resistivity (<5E+10 Ohms on at least one of the sides).
EN 1149-2 Measure of electrical vertical resistance.
EN 1149-3 Measure of electrical charge decay.

EN 465: Protective Clothing Against Liquid Chemicals.
The standard specifies the performance requirement for chemical protection garments with fogs tight joints between the different parts of the garment.

EN 466: Protective Clothing Against Liquid. Chemicals, connections tight with the liquids.
Performance requirements for chemical protective clothing with liquid-tight connections between different parts of the clothing (e.g. gloves, boots) intended to protect their carrier against the liquid chemicals.

EN 467: Protective Clothing Against Liquid and Solid Chemicals.
The standard specifies the minimal requirements requested from the garment for a protection against the chemicals with certain parts of the body (e.g. aprons, handles, hoods).

EN 469: Protective Clothing for Fire Fighters.
Minimum performance levels are exceeded for flame spread, heat transfer from flame and radiant heat, residual strength and heat resistance. Additional requirements may be met for tensile strength, tear strength, surface wetting, dimensional change, penetration by liquid chemicals, water resistance and breathability.

EN ISO 11611: Welding & Allied Processes (SupersededEN 470).
Clothing is designed to protect the wearer from droplets of molten metal, short contact contact with flames, as well as radiant heat from arc. The clothing should also minimise the possibility of electrical shock up to 100v (DC).
Class 1 - Welding situations consisting of lesser hazards, tested with 15 molten metal droplets.
Class 2 - Welding situations consisting of more hazards, tested with 25 molten metal droplets.
Each procedure must also be tested for ISO 15025 for flame spread.

EN 943-1: Protective Clothing Against Liquid & Gaseous Chemicals, including liquid aerosols and solid particles.
Performance requirements for ventilated and non-ventilated gas-tight (Type 1) and non-gas-tight (Type 2) chemical protective suits including components such as the eyespieces, respiratory apparatuses, gloves and boots.

EN 13034: Protective Clothing Against Liquid Chemicals.
Performance requirements for the combinations of chemical protection of limited use and reusable. Garment offers a limited protection against the exposure to the liquid aerosols, the fog and the light splashes where the type of potential exposure, for, mist, etc. is defined.

EN 1486: Protective Clothing for Firefighters.
Test methods and requirements for reflective clothing for specialised fire fighting.
Type 1 Hood / shoulder cape / visor and gloves.
Type 2 Floor length coat / hood / visor and gloves.
Type 3 Suit incorporating boots / hood / visor.

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