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Clothing Standards

Standards for Clothing , Workwear Personal Protective Equipment ( ppe ) explained.

Legislation and Standards

To conform with European legislation, all clothes supplied as Personal Protective Equipment must comply with the Personal Protective Equipment Directive [implemented into UK law by The Personal Protective Equipment (ECDirective) Regulations 1992] and be CE marked on the clothes, or on the packaging when this is not practical. Categorisation Under the terms of the above directive, clothes fall into one of the following three categories:

CAT I - Simple Design CAT II - Intermediate design CAT III - Complex Design

For minimal risks only. Suitable only

for low risk applications

where hazards can be identified

by the wearer in time to deal with them.

Reversible risks. Products are type examined by

an approved body where they examine the

manufacturer's technical specifications and

conduct tests for the relevant standards to ascertain

their conformity and/or performance.

 For protection against mortal danger or risks irreversible

harm. Products are type examined by an approved body

as for the category II. In addition, the prodcuts and

manufacturer are subject to EX quality control according

to an approved quality system.

Assessment of hazards

Clothes are worn to protect the user. Clothes that are worn to protect you from potentially life threatening risks must be independently tested by an approved test house to an appropriate European Standard. A summary of the main clothes standards and other benefits are on the following table/key

EN ISO 11611 Heat & Flame
Class 1 - The lower level of protection
Class 2 - The higher level which is designed to protect the wearer from welding and allied processes.
EN ISO 11612 Welding Rating
A Requirements for limited flame spread A1 , A2
B Protection against flames 0 - 3
C Protection against radiant heat 0 - 4
D Protection against splashed of molten aluminium 0 - 3
E Protection against splashed of iron 0 - 3
F Protection against contact heat 0 - 3
EN342 Cold = Protection against cold below 5 degrees. Rating
X Resulting in thermal insulation tested type B
Y Air permeability 0 - 3
Z Clothing Breathability 0 - 3
EN ISO 20471:2013 Hi-Vis
Class 1 Minimum level of protection
Class 2 Intermediate level of protection
Class 3 Highest level of protection
GO/RT 3279 Rail Specific Hi-Vis
Class 1 Minimum level of protection
Class 2 Intermediate level of protection
Class 3 Highest level of protection
EN 343 Foul Weather Rating
X Waterproofness 0 - 3
Y Clothing Breathability 0 - 3
EN 1149 Antistatic EN 61482 ARC EN 381 Mechanical
Clothing is antistatic by induction Protection against thermal electric ARC/td> Protective clothing for chainsaw users.
EN 13034 Liquid Chemicals EN 13982 Solid Particulates EN 14605 Liquid Splashes
Liquid Chemical resistance Protection against chemical solid air-borne particulates Liquid splash chemical resistance
EN 94302 Liquids & Gaseous EN 1426 Infective Agents EN 1073-2 Radioactive
Liquids & Gaseous resistance Infective agents resistance Radioactive resistance

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