Safety Standards

Footwear Standards

Category & EN ISO 2034 Requirements

 

SB - Basic Requirements – For safety footwear with a toe cap resistant to an impact of 200 Joules

 

S1 - Basic Requirements & Closed heel area + Energy absorption at seat area + Antistatic properties + Resistance to fuel oil

 

S1P - S1 requirements & Penetration resistance (P)

 

S2 - S1 requirements & Water penetration and absorption

 

S3 - S2 requirements & Penetration resistance + Cleated out-sole

 

S4 - S1 requirements & Entirely moulded polymer/rubber upper (e.g. wellington boots) making them waterproof and leak-proof

 

S5 - S4 requirements & Midsole penetration resistance

 


Slip Resistance Rating

Footwear that has passed tests for slip resistance will also have one of the following codes:

1.    SRA – tested on ceramic tile wetted with sodium lauryl sulphate (a diluted soap solution)

2.    SRB – tested on steel with glycerol

3.    SRC – tested under SRA and SRB conditions

 


Additional Symbols/Abbreviations

P – Penetration resistant

C – Conductive

A – Antistatic

I – Electricity insulating footwear

WR – Water resistant

AN – Ankle protection

CR – Cut resistant upper

WRU – Water penetration and water absorption upper

HRO – Outsole resistant to hot contact 

Glove Standards

EN388:2003

EN 388:2003 – Protective gloves against mechanical risks


 EN 407:2004

EN 407:2004 – Protective gloves against thermal risks (heat and/or fire)


EN 511:2006 

EN 511:2006 – Protective gloves against cold 


EN 374-2:2003 

EN 374-2:2003 – Protective gloves against chemicals and micro-organisms – Part 2: Determination of resistance to penetration 


EN 374-3:2003 

EN 374-3:2003 – Protective gloves against chemicals and micro-organisms – Part 3: Determination of resistance to permeation by chemicals.

EN 374-3:2003 

EN 374-3:2003 – Protective gloves against chemicals and micro-organisms – Part 3: Determination of resistance to permeation by chemicals

Performance levels are assessed according to the breakthrough times of the chemicals


EN 381-7:1999

EN 381-7:1999 – Hand-held chain saw protective gloves


Contact with foodstuff 

EN1186 Food Contact –  EN1186 Food Contact 

Hearing Protection Standards


EN 352-1 Ear muffs headbandEN 352-2 Ear plugsEN 352-3 Helmet mounted ear muffsEN 352- 4 Electronic ear muffs
EN 352- 6 Ear muffs with electrical audio input
EN 352- 8 Entertainment audio ear muffs
EN 458 Recommendations regarding the selection, use, care and maintenance of hearing protection equipment (HPE)
SNR - Measure for comparing devices for ear protection over a range of frequencies as the levell of protection of a given device will depend on the frequency of the background noise. 

Respiratory Protection Standards

EN136:1998

Respiratory Protective Devices - Full Face Masks.This European Standard specifies minimum requirements for full face masks for respiratory protective devices.

EN140:1998
Respiratory Protective Devices - Half Masks and Quarter Masks.
This European Standard specifies minimum requirements for half masks and quarter masks for use as part of respiratory protective devices, except escape apparatus and diving apparatus.

EN143:2000
Respiratory Protective Devices - Particle Filters.
This European Standard specifies particle filters for use as components in unassisted respiratory protective devices with the exception of escape apparatus and filtering face pieces.

EN14387:2004
Respiratory Protective Devices - Gas Filter(s) and Combined Filter(s).
This European Standard refers to gas filters and combined filters for use as components in unassisted respiratory protective devices.

EN149:2001
Respiratory Protective Devices - Half Masks and Quarter Masks. This European Standard specifies minimum requirements for filtering half masks as respiratory protective devices to protect against particles except for escape purposes.

EN149:2001 + A1:2009 supersedes EN149:2001. The amended standard has incorporated the 120mg exposure test in accordance with EN13274-7. In addition, filtering face masks will now be classified as either single use/single shift (NR) or reusable/more than 1 shift (R).

Eye Protection Standards

EN166:2001 Personal Eye Protection
All optical products carry the CE mark indicating compliance with the relevant European Standard EN 166. This standard tests for: impact, optical quality, chemical, dust and molten metal protection.

EN1731:
Specifies materials, design, performance requirements, test methods and marking requirements for mesh eye and face protectors.

S-basic use robustness
F-high speed particles, low energy impact
B-high speed particles, medium energy impact
A-high speed particles, high energy impact

If the symbols F, B and A are not common to both the mesh, the additional or alternative ocular and the frame then it is the lower level which shall be assigned to the complete mesh eye and face protector.

EN175
Equipment for eye and face protection during welding and allied processes

Additional lens specifications:
AS: Anti-scratch coating AF: Anti-fog coating
 

Flame Retardant Standards


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.

Code A: Limited flame spread
Code B: Protection against Convective Heat - 3 levels
Code C: Protection against Radiant Heat - 4 levels
Code D: Protection against Molten Aluminium Splash - 3 levels
Code E: Protection against Molten Iron Splash - 3 levels
Code F: Protection against Contact Heat - 3 levels

EN ISO 11612:2008

  • Dimensional change
  • Limited Flame Spread (A1+A2)
  • Convective heat (B)
  • Radiant Heat (C)
  • Molten Aluminium Splash (D)
  • Molten Iron Splash (E)
  • Contact heat (F)
  • Heat Resistance
  • Tensile strength
  • Tear strength
  • Busting strength
  • Seam strength



EN 531


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:

A – limited flame spread
B – protection against convective heat
C – protection against radiant heat

EN531:1995


  • Dimensional change
  • Limited Flame Spread (A)
  • Convective Heat (B)
  • Radiant Heat (C)
  • Molten Aluminium Splash (D)
  • Molten Iron Splash (E)



EN1149-5:2008 

Is the harmonised European standard for protective clothing- protection against the danger caused by static electricity. This standard is not applicable for protection against mains voltages.

• EN1149-1:1996 Test method for surface conducting fabrics.
• EN1149-3:2004 Charge decay test method for all fabrics.
• EN1149-5:2008 Performance requirements.

The fabric/garment is exposed to an electric arc confined in a specific box with a specific electrode arrangement for 0.5 seconds. Class 1 is to a current of 4 kA arc, Class 2 is to a current of 7 kA arc. Test conditions for class 1 & 2 try to stimulate typical exposure conditions for a short circuit current of 4kA and 7kA respectively.

Open Arc Method EN61482-1-1.
TESTED USING METHOD A - FABRIC ONLY. The ATPV (Arc Thermal Protection Value) result (expressed in cal/cm2) represents the maximum incident thermal energy in units of energy per square area that a fabric can support before the wearer will suffer 2nd degree burns. This method tests the fabric with an 8 kA arc for various incident durations. Workers are assumed to be safe if the arc rating of their clothes exceeds the electric arc incident energy calculated in the worst case scenario of a risk assessment. Garments can be layered to achieve an overall ATPV Rating. For example, thermals may achieve an ATPV of 4.3 Cal/m2, and an outer coverall may achieve an ATPV of 13.6Cal/cm2. However the combination ATPV will be greater than the sum of the two single layers, as the air gap between the two layers affords the wearer additional protection.




EN13034:2005 + A1:2009 Protective Clothing against Liquid Chemicals
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-useable limited performance chemical protective clothing. Limited performance chemical protective clothing is intended for use in cases of a 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. 

The 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.

IEC 61482-2:2009
This standard investigates the fabric and garments ability to protect against the thermal effects of an electric arc event. This can be done via two test methods:

IEC 61482-2
ATPV or EBT50 = xxx cal/cm2
Or
Class 1 or Class 2
OR
IEC 61482-2

ATPV or EBT50 = xxx cal/cm2
and
Class 1 or Class 2

Box Test Method EN61482-1-2

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.

EN ISO 14116:2008

  • Limited Flame Spread
  • Tensile Strength
  • Tear Strength
  • Seam Strength


EN533:1997 
Harmonised European standard for protective clothing - protection against heat and flame - limited flame spread materials and material assemblies.

EN533-1:1997
Limited Flame Spread


EN470-1:1995
Harmonised European standard
for protective clothing for use in welding and allied processes.

EN470-1:1995

  • Tensile strength
  • Tear strength
  • Dimensional strength
  • Limited Flame Spread
  • Small drops of molten metal

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. Class 1

High Visibility Clothing Standards

EN471:2003 + A1:2007 - HIGH VISIBILITY
EN 471 is the harmonised European standard for high visibility clothing. It specifies the requirements for signaling the users presence day or night. It intends to make users in hazardous situations conspicuous under any light conditions.

X = Surface of fluorescent and retro-reflective material (3 levels)
Y = Quality of the retro-reflecting materials (2 levels)

EN ISO 20471:2013 - HIGH VISIBILITY
The new International Standard for High Visibility Clothing is due to be published in the Official Journal of the EU in 2013.

Summary of the main updates to the new EN ISO 20471 standard:
EN ISO 20471 Performance parameter:
X = Surface of fluorescent and retro-reflective material (3 levels)
1. Class 1 Retro- reflective tape is no longer an option so only Class 2 Retroreflective tape is permissible.
2. The EN ISO 20471 symbol has been updated. (See below)
3. Placement of retro-reflective tape – The mandatory patterns for retroreflective tape remain unchanged, except now additional bands of tape may be added to achieve required areas.
4. Class 3 garments must now be garments, which cover the torso and have either full-length sleeves and or full-length legs.
5. Fluorescent background materials must pass colour and luminance tests after stated number of washes on the care label. (not applicable to vests and tabards)
6. Tensile strength, Burst strength, Tear strength requirements have been reduced.
7. Colourfastness to perspiration staining requirement has increased to 4.
8. Colourfastness to washing/drycleaning staining requirement has been reduced to 4 for non-fluorescent fabrics.
9. Water vapour permeability requirements for fabrics (excluding EN343 fabrics) have been amended.
10. Retro – Reflective Tape: Performance after washing test method requires each cycle to be a wash and dry cycle. EN471 only requires drying after the last wash cycle.


Class 3
: Highest Level Highest level of protection - required for any persons working on or near motorways or dual-carriage ways or airports. Must incorporate a minimum of 0.80m2 of background material and 0.20m2 of retro-reflective materials. (4 metres of 5cm wide reflective tape)

Class 2: Intermediate Level required for any persons working on or near A and B class roads, also for delivery drivers. Must incorporate a minimum of 0.50m2 of background material and 0.13m2 of  retroreflective material. (2.60 metres of 5cm wide reflective tape)


Class 1: Minimum Level Minimum level of protection required for any persons working on a private road or to be used in conjunction with a higher classed garment. Must incorporate a minimum of 0.14m2 of background material and 0.10m2 of retroreflective material. (2 metres of 5cm wide reflective tape)

EN 1150 – PROTECTIVE CLOTHING
This European standard specifies the optical performance requirements for high visibility clothing to be worn by adults and by juveniles, and designed for non-professional use.


EN 343 - PROTECTION AGAINST RAIN
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 cool above - 5oc. The standard provides for two performance parameters:
Y = Breathable properties (3 levels)
X = Waterproofness (3 levels) EN 13356 – VISIBILITY ACCESSORIES FOR NON-PROFESSIONAL USE
This standard specifies the optical performance requirements for accessories which are to be worn, attached to or carried by people and designed for non-professional use. Visibility accessories complying with this standard are intended to signal the users presence visually when illuminated by vehicle headlight on dark roads.


Cold Store Clothing Standards


EN 342
All ColdStore styles are certified to EN 342 standard for ColdStore Clothing and are CE marked accordingly. The garments guarantee to cover chill (2˚C to -5˚C) through to cold store (-25˚C) to deep freeze (-40˚C).

EN 342 - PROTECTION AGAINST COLD EN 342 is the harmonised European standard that specifies requirements and test methods for performance of clothing ensembles (ie. two piece suits or coveralls) and of single garments for protection against cold environment.