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EN 342 Protection against Cold

This standard specifies the requirements and test methods for garments and clothing combinations (overalls or two-part suits) designed to protect the wearer in a cold environment (characterised by a combination of humidity, wind and an air temperature lower than -5 °C). The standard does not contain any specific requirements for head, hand or foot protection.

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EN 342 Protection against Cold

EN 342

About this EN Norm

This standard’s icon shows an umbrella placed under two numbers that represent the X and Y values. The X value indicates the waterproofness and the Y value indicates the water vapour permeability (the garment’s breathability).


This standard falls within the scope of ‘self-certification’. This means that manufacturers are allowed to certify their own products, which therefore do not need to be assessed by an independent Notified Body. This is because the only risk to the wearer is that he/she might get wet, which is not a life-threatening hazard. If EN 343 is used in combination with other eN standards the whole combination of standards is assessed by the Notified Body.


The X value indicates the waterproofness of the garment. There are 3 Classes with 3 being the highest (i.e. the most waterproof) and 1 is the lowest. A specific quantity of pressurised water is applied to the fabric and the respective Class is derived from the amount of pressure the fabric can withstand.


The Y value indicates the breathability of the fabric/s (all the layers used in the article). There are also 3 classes for breathability with Class 1 being the lowest and Class 3 the highest. Wearing Class 1 garments longer than x minutes is not recommended (the length of time the article may be worn (x) is given in the standard in a table).


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