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International Safety Standards
 
Protection Against Rain
EN343 EN 343 is the harmonised European standard that applies to garments worn in adverse weather conditions. It specifies the characteristics of protective clothing against the influence of foul weather, wind and cold above -50oC. The standard provides for two performance parameters:
X = Waterproofness (3 levels)
Y = Breathable properties (3 levels)
High Visibility
EN471 EN471 is the harmonised European standard for high visibility clothing. It intends to make users in hazardous situations conspicuous under any light conditions. The standard provides for two performance parameters:

X Surface of fluorescent and retro-reflective material (3 levels)
Y Quality of the retro-reflecting materials (2 levels)
Class 3
Highest Level
Required for any persons working on or near motorways or dualcarriage ways or airports.
   
Class 2
Intermediate Level
Required for any persons working on or near A and B class roads, also for delivery drivers.
   
Class 1
Minimum Level
Minimum protection required for any persons working on a private road or to be used in conjunction with a higher classed garment.
Flame/Heat Protection
EN531 EN531: 1995 Harmonised European standard for protective clothing for industrial workers exposed to heat (excluding firefighters’ and welders’ clothing) The following categorisation states performance levels:
EN531: A Limited flame spread.
   
EN531: B Protection against Convective Heat.
   
EN531: C Protection against Radiant Heat.
 
EN533 EN533-1: 1997 Harmonised European standard for protective clothing - protection against heat and flame. Limited flame spread materials and material assemblies.
 
EN ISO 11611 This international standard specifies minimum basic safety requirements and test methods for protective clothing for use in welding and allied processes (excluding hand protection). The international standard specifies two classes with specific performance requirements.
1 Protection against less hazardous welding techniques and situations, causing lower levels of spatter and radiant heat.
   
2 Protection against more hazardous welding techniques and situations, causing higher levels of spatter and radiant heat.
   
 
EN ISO 11612 The performance requirements set out in this international standard are applicable to garments which could be worn for a wide range of end uses, where there is a need for clothing with limited flame spread properties and where the user can be exposed to radiant or convective or contact heat or molten metal splashes.
A Limited flame spread.
B Protection against Convective Heat - 3 levels
C Protection against Radiant Heat - 4 levels.
D Protection against Molten Aluminium Splash - 3 levels
E Protection against Molten Iron Splash - 3 levels
F Protection against Contact Heat - 3 levels
   
EN ISO 14116 This standard specifies the performance requirements for the limited flame spread properties of materials, material assemblies and protective clothing in order to reduce the possibility of the clothing burning and thereby itself constituting a hazard. Additional requirements for clothing are also specified.
 
EN470 EN470-1: 1995 Harmonised European standard for protective clothing for use in welding and allied processes.
 
NFPA 2112 US standard on Flame-Resistant Garments for protection of Industrial Personnel against Flash Fire.
 
Electrical Protection
EN1149 The harmonised European standard for protective clothing with protection against the danger caused by static electricity. This standard is not applicable for protection against mains voltages.
1 (1996) Test method for surface conducting fabrics.
   
3 (2004) Charge decay test method for all fabrics.
   
5 (2008) Performance requirements.
 
EN61340-5-1 The harmonised European standard for the protection of electronic devices from electrostatic phenomina.
 
Chemical Protection
EN13034 EN13034: 2005 Performance requirements for chemical protective clothing offering limited protective performance against liquid chemicals (Type 6 and Type PB [6] equipment). This standard specifies the minimum requirements for limited use and re-usable limited performance chemical protective clothing, intended for use in cases of potential exposure to a light spray, liquid aerosols or low pressure, low volume splashes, against which a complete liquid permeation barrier (at a molecular level) is not required. This standard covers both chemical protective suits (Type 6) and partial body protection )Type PB [6]). Chemical protective suits (Type 6) cover and protect at least the trunk and the limbs, e.g. one piece coveralls or two-piece suits, with or without hood, boot socks or boot covers. Partial body protection of similar limited performance (Type PB [6]) covers and protects only specific parts of the body e.g. coats, aprons, sleeves etc.
   
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