EN Standards

Workwear Clothing Certification Explained.

EN 342 – Protection Against Cold

The EN 342 standard related to clothing designed for protection in cold environments ranging from chill (-5°C) through to cold store (-25°C) to deep freeze (-40°C).

Requirements are set on thermal insulation and air permeability. Resistance to water penetration is an optional requirement.

Please note this standard does not contain any specific requirements for head, hand or foot protection, however, sufficient protection must be worn along with a thermal base layer for this certification to apply.

A = Thermal insulation, measured value
B = Air permeability class (1 – 3 where is best)
C = Resistance to water penetration class (optional) (1-2 where 2 is best)

For more information on BS EN 342:2017 please visit bsigroup.

EN 343 – Protection Against Rain

Protective clothing certified according to EN 343 protect against precipitation as rain or snow, fog and ground humidity. The garment and the seams are tested for resistance to water as well as water vapour resistivity. The garment is classified according to water resistant properties, and the water vapour resistivity gives the recommended working time.
A = Class water penetration (max 3)
B = Class water vapour resistance (max 3)

For more information on BS EN 343:2003 + A1:2007 please visit bsigroup.

EN 20471 – High Visibility Clothing

This is an international standard for the safety requirements and test methods of hi-vis workwear, defined as ‘clothing which is capable of visually signalling the user’s presence’.
This standard categorises hi-vis garments into 3 classes and all garments should be labelled with the EN ISO 20471 icon, accompanied by the appropriate class number. The classes are based on minimum visible surface in m² for background material and reflexes.

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EN 1149 – Protection Against Electrostatic Properties

Protective clothing certified according to EN 1149-5 provides the wearer with electrostatic dissipative clothing with reduced risk of sparking. The garment should be used as part of a total earthed system to avoid combustible discharges.

For more information on EN 1149-5:2008 please visit bsigroup.

EN 13034 – Protection Against Liquid Chemicals

Use the garment in combination with other garments providing protection as defined in EN 13034. Chemical protective suit (Type 6) shall 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. Chemical protective suit (Type 6) forms the lowest level of chemical protection and is intended to be used if risks have been assessed as low and a full liquid permeation barrier is not necessary, i.e. when wearers are able to take timely adequate action when their clothing is contaminated. Low risks could be e.g. a potential exposure to small quantities of spray or accidental low volume splashes.

Note that prolonged wearing of chemical protective suits may cause heat stress!

For more information on EN 13034 please visit bsigroup.

EN 61482-1-2: Protective Clothing Against The Hazards Of Electric Arc

Protective clothing certified according to EN 61482-1-2 protects the wearer against the hazards of an electric arc. IEC 61482-2 is the European equivalent to ASTM F1506 for the thermal hazards of an arc flash. The standard includes requirements for material testing and additional information for garments constructed from compliant materials. This is required for selling garments for arc flash protection in the EU.

For more information on EN 61482-1-2 please visit bsigroup.

EN ISO 11611 – Protection Against Weld Splatter

EN ISO 11611:2015 specifies minimum basic safety requirements and test methods for protective clothing including hoods, aprons, sleeves, and gaiters that are designed to protect the wearer’s body including head (hoods) and feet (gaiters) and that are to be worn during welding and allied processes with comparable risks. For the protection of the wearer’s head and feet, this International Standard is only applicable to hoods and gaiters.

This International Standard does not cover requirements for feet, hand, face, and/or eye protectors.

This type of protective clothing is intended to protect the wearer against spatter (small splashes of molten metal), short contact time with flame, radiant heat from an electric arc used for welding and allied processes, and minimizes the possibility of electrical shock by short-term, accidental contact with live electrical conductors at voltages up to approximately 100 V d. c. in normal conditions of welding. Sweat, soiling, or other contaminants can affect the level of protection provided against short-term accidental contact with live electric conductors at these voltages.

This standard is determined by two classes detailed below:

Class 1 – Protects against less hazardous welding techniques and situations, causing lower spatter and radiant heat.

Class 2 – Protects against riskier welding techniques and situations, which causes higher levels of spatter and radiant heat.

For more information on EN ISO 11611 please visit the International Organization for Standardization.

EN ISO 11612: Protective Against Heat and Flame

Protective clothing complying with this International Standard is intended to protect the user against occasional and brief contact with small igniting flames, in circumstances where there is no significant heat hazard and without the presence of another type of heat. When protection against heat hazards is necessary, EN ISO 11612 is recommended.

Protective clothing according to EN ISO 11612 may consist of several separate garments, or a single garment with one or more layers. All assemblies claiming compliance with this standard shall achieve a limited flame spread index of 1, 2 or 3 when tested in accordance with ISO 15025.

Limited flame spread index:

Index 1 (flame spread, flaming debris and afterglow properties)
Index 2 (as index 1 and included hole formation properties)
Index 3 ( as index 2 and included afterflame properties)

If the index is 1 (lowest level) the garment can only be used outside a garment with index 2 or 3. Index 1 may not have skin contact, e.g. neck and wrist.

For more information on EN ISO 11612 please visit the International Organization for Standardization.

ISO 20471: High Visibility Clothing

This International Standard specifies requirements for high visibility clothing which are capable of visually signalling the wearer’s presence. The selection and use of high-visibility clothing should be based on a risk assessment of the conditions in which the wearer of the high-visibility clothing will be working.

A = Class according to the visible materials minimum area (maximum 3)
B = The reflective material’s reflection ability (maximum 2)

For more information on ISO 20471 please visit the International Organization for Standardization.

RIS-3279-TOM – Approved Garments for Railway Workers

RIS-3279-TOM has replaced the old GO/RT 3279 standard. This standard is specific to workers in the railway industry.

For more information on RIS-3279-TOM please visit the Rail Safety and Standards Board.

ISO 9001 – Quality Management Systems

ISO 9001:2015 specifies requirements for a quality management system when an organization:

a) needs to demonstrate its ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements, and

b) aims to enhance customer satisfaction through the effective application of the system, including processes for improvement of the system and the assurance of conformity to customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements.

All the requirements of ISO 9001:2015 are generic and are intended to be applicable to any organization, regardless of its type or size, or the products and services it provides.

For more information on ISO 9001 please visit the International Organization for Standardization.