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The following are symbols of CE and EN standards which are commonly found on protective Clothing.




CE marking is a mandatory conformity marking for certain products sold within the European Economic Area (EEA).It is manufacturer's declaration that the product meets the requirements of the applicable EC directives. It states that the product is assessed before being placed on the market and meets EU safety, health and environmental protection requirements.


EN 343 Water-resistant protective clothing

This is a standard for water-resistant protective clothing, including materials and stitching, and is divided into two parts.

1. Water penetration (shown at the top of the label)

2. Resistance to water vapor (show on the bottom of the label)


For 1. Water penetration standards. It is divided into three levels of water pressure requirements

-          Level 3 ≥13000 Pa

-          Level 2 ≥8000 Pa

-          Level 1 same as Level 2 but no pre-treatment


For 2. Water vapor degree (RET), lower level represents a higher permeability.

-          Level 1: RET≥40

-          Level 2: 20

-          Level 3: RET≤20

EN388 Protective gloves against mechanical risks

This standard applies to gloves that protect against physical and mechanical hazards. It specifies requirements for abrasion resistance, perforation resistance, tear resistance and cutting resistance.

The minimum requirements are listed on the following table.


Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Level 4

Level 5

abrasion resistance (number of cycles)












Tear resistance ( in Newton)






Perforation resistance (in Newton)










Fire coats and fire trousers

To meet the standard 2005, the following requirements should be fulfilled.

1. Standard 6.2 within reach compliance with Level 2.
2. Standard 6.3 within reach compliance with Level 2.
3. Standard 6.6.1 within reach accord ≥1500N.
4. Standard 6.7 within reach accord ≥150N.
5. Standard 6.11 within reach compliance with Level 2.
6. Standard 6.12 within reach accord

EN471-High Visibility warning clothes.

This standard states the requirements for clothing capable of notifying the user's visual presence. The required performance includes color and retro reflection, minimum areas and disposition of the materials.

The performance is divided into 3 different classes (class 3 is the highest).

Class 1

Total fluorescent area must be at least 0.14 m² and 0.10 m² reflective materials.

Class 2

Total fluorescent area must be at least 0.5 m² and 0.13 m² reflective materials.

Class 3

Total fluorescent area must be at least 0.8 m² and 0.2 m² reflective materials.

EN 511-Protective gloves against cold

This standard specifies the characteristics and test methods for protective gloves against cold transmitted by convection or conduction to a temperature of -50°C.



1.      The protective gloves have to comply with the general requirements for protective gloves EN420 with respect to size designation and pH

2.      Abrasion resistance and tear strength resistance shall meet at least level 1 (EN388)

3.      The coating of the glove shall withstand repeated flexing (ISO 7854:1984) (no bursts after 1000 cycles)

4.      If required the glove shall be impermeable to water for >30 minutes (test method for leather shoes)

5.      The cold resistance (ISO 4675:1990) at a temperature of -50°C. No bursts at the location of the folds.

6.      Convective cold: The thermic isolation is measured with a heated artificial hand. The heat loss is used as a measure for the thermal insulation of the glove.

Level of Performance

Thermic Insulation (m2.°C/W)


0.10 £ Itr ³ 0.15


0.15 £ Itr ³ 0.22


0.22 £ Itr ³ 0.30


0.30 £ Itr

7.      Conductive cold (contact) (ISO 5085-1:1989) : the resistance to heat loss (in m2.C°/W) at a specified pressure (6.9 kPa) is used as a measure for the insulation against conductive cold. Four levels of performance are defined.

Level of Performance

Thermic Insulation (m2.°C/W)


0.025 £ R ³ 0.050


0.050 £ R ³ 0.100


0.100 £ R ³ 0.150



EN533-Protective against heat and flame(Limited flame spread materials and materials assemblies)

The standard specifies the performance requirements for limited flame

spread materials and materials and materials assemblies used in

protective clothing. This standard covers requirements for resistance to

flame spread materials or raw materials suits. This standard is the most

direct method for testing flame spread of flame. The test consists of 10

seconds as a standard. Propane gas is applied to fixed length (50mm)

test materials directly.


Material flame spreading resistance performance before and after washing is classified as different indices.



When the test is completed, any remaining flames and testing of fabric composed of hole must not be in contact with the edge of the fabric and must not contain any residues.


Same as 1, but without the formation of holes in the tissue composition


Similar to 2, but when the flame is extinguished, the flame on the fabric must be stopped within two seconds and with EN533 as a test material. Besides, it consists of test for washing several times (uses ISO 10528: 1995 as the standard). As for drying, it uses ISO 6330: 1984 as standard. The number of washing and the washing temperature is also included in report.

EN 11611(EN470-1)

This standard specifies minimum basic safety requirements and test methods for protective clothing including hoods, aprons, sleeves which as are used to protect the wearer's body including head and feet and that are worn during welding and allied processes with comparable risks. It indicates that garments meet the requirements for limited flame spread for surface and bottom-edge ignition.

Clothing for welding protection is classified into two types.

1.   Manual welding techniques with light formation of splatters and drops.

2.   Manual welding techniques with heavy formation of splatters and drops.

EN 11612

This standard describes work wear operating under high temperature environment which protect workers from flammability.


Such clothing can be divided into:


Limited spread of fire


Surface lighting


Bottom lighting


Convection heat


Radiant heat


 Molten Aluminum Splash


Molten Iron Splash


Conduction Heat

EN 1149-Electrostatic properties

This Standard specifies material and design requirements for electrostatic dissipative protective clothing which is used as part of a total earthed system to avoid incendiary discharges.

The material should meet requirements of EN 1149-1 (Surface resistance) or 1149-3 (Induction charging). *The requirements may not be sufficient in oxygen enriched flammable atmospheres. This European Standard is not applicable for protection against mains voltages.

Anti-static material should meet at least one of the following requirements.

1.          t50 <4 or="" s=""> 0.2 (Testing requirements according to standard EN1149-3: 2004, Test Method 2-inductive charging method.)

2.          A surface resistance of  2.5 * 109 ohms. If the material comprising a conductive wire, the pitch of conductive yarns of clothing contained in either direction should not be more than 10mm.

EN 13034 (2005)-Type 6 Protective Clothing

This standard stated that chemical protective suits (Type 6) should fulfill the following protective criteria

1.      The standards must comply with EN 340 (2003) which set out the general requirement of protective clothing.

2.      Materials testing requirements.

EN143252004 clearly states the testing requirements and the corresponding specification.

Clauses in EN143252004

Testing requirements



EN530 Abrasion Method 2

>10 cycles


EN ISO 9073-4 Trapezoidal tear resistance



EN ISO 13934-1 Tensile Strength



EN863 Puncture Resistance



ISO 6530 (/ EN368) Repellency to liquids



ISO 6530 (/ EN368) Resistance to liquids



EN 13274-4 Resistance to ignition Method 3


(Not continue to burn after 5s removal from flame)

3.      Test requirements for seams, joins & assemblages of Type 6 protective clothing.

a.      Seams should be constructed to minimize of prevent penetration of liquid through stitch holes or other components of a seam.

b.      Seam strength is determined and classified in accordance with EN14325:2004, Clause 5.5 and must obtain at least Class 1.

Clauses in EN143252004

Testing requirements



EN ISO 13935-2 Method 2


c.       Spray Test for Garment

Clauses in EN130342004

Testing requirements



ISO 17491-4 (/ EN468) Spray Test Method A



Knee-pad type is classified as follows:

Type 1

Kneepads independent of other clothing, fastened around the legs.

Type 2

Knee pads in foam or other padding, secured in pockets on the legs, or which is permanently attached to the pants.

Type 3

Knee pads not attached to the body, but placed in position as user moves around.

Type 4

Knee pads used as part of a unit with additional functions, such as the framework for support to stand up, or kneeling seat. Can be worn on the body, or be independent.

Knee protection class are classified as follows:

Class 0

Flat floor surfaces

Class 1

Flat or uneven floor surfaces. Protects against penetration by a force of at least (100 ± 5) N

Class 2

Flat or uneven floor surfaces under severe conditions. Protects against penetration by a force of at least (250 ± 10) N.