Product EN Standards

89/656/EEC CEN/TR 15321:-Guidelines on the Selection, Use, Care & Maintenance of Fire Suits

This report sets out guidance for the selection, use, care and maintenance of clothing designed to provide protection to the wearer. The guidance set out in this Technical Report is intended for all types of protective clothing and may be completed by additional specific guidelines for clothing designed to address specific risks. The information has been produced to assist employers in making the necessary decisions regarding the selection, use, care and maintenance of protective clothing. The purpose of the report is to highlight the main areas that an employer needs to consider.

EN 469:2020-Protective Clothing for Fire Fighters

This standard specifies minimum levels of performance requirements for protective clothing to be worn during fire fighting operations and associated activities such as e.g. rescue work, assistance during disasters. The described clothing is not meant to protect against deliberate chemical and/or gas cleaning operations. The standard covers the general clothing design, the minimum performance levels of the materials used, and the methods of test to be used to determine these performance levels. There are two performance levels which specify the minimum requirements for garments to be worn during fire fighting operations – Level 1 is a lower specification and may be considered accurate for activities such as rescue work, disaster assistance, road traffic collisions and Wildland Fire Fighting but does not provide protection against the hazards of entrapment. Level 2 is the higher requirement for structural fire fighting.

EN 15614-Wildland Fire Fighting Clothing

This standard specifies the minimum performance requirements for protective clothing designed for use for extended periods during Wildland Fire Fighting and associated activities. Wild landfire fighting involves work primarily in summer temperatures, for many hours in which the fire-fighter may develop high levels of metabolic heat. Consequently, the protective clothing should be light, flexible and commensurate with the risks to which the fire-fighter may be exposed in order to be effective without introducing heat stress to the wearer. EN 15384 is the test methods for protective clothing for Wildland Fire Fighters.

EN 443:08- Structural Fire Fighting Helmets

This standards specifies minimum safety requirements for the protection of the upper head for Fire Fighters whilst fire fighting in buildings and other structures. The standard deals with two types of helmets: type A and type B. Selection of the type of helmet and optional equipment should be made following a comprehensive risk assessment.

EN13911:04 Fire Hoods for Fire Fighters

This standard specifies the minimum safety requirements and test methods for a fire hood worn by a Fire Fighter following a user risk assessment. When worn with protective clothing, breathing apparatus and helmet the design features and performance requirements of the hood are intended to provide protection to the exposed areas of the head and neck against heat and flame.

EN 15090:04-2009 Footwear for Fire Fighters

This Standard specifies minimum requirements and test methods for the performance of three types of footwear for use by fire fighters for fire suppression, general-purpose rescue, fire rescue and hazardous materials emergencies. This Standard does not cover special protective equipment used in high-risk situations (for example, the conditions described in ISO 15538)

EN 659-Protective Gloves for Fire Fighters.

This standard defines minimum performance requirement and test methods for fire fighters’ protective gloves. The standard only applies to fire fighters’ protective gloves which protect the hands during normal fire fighting, including search and rescue. These gloves are not intended for deliberate handling of liquid chemicals, but provide some protection against accidental contact with chemicals.

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EN 11612-Protective Clothing against Heat and Flame

This standard specifies the performance requirements for garments made from flexible materials, which are designed to protect the wearers body, except the hands, from heat and/or flame (gaiters, hoods and over boots). Protective Clothing complying with this standard is intended to protect workers where there is a need for clothing with limited spread properties and where the user can be exposed to radiant or convective or contact hear or to molten metal splashes.

EN 11611: 2006-Protective clothing for use in welding and allied processes (Replaces EN470)

This standard specifies minimum basic safety requirements and test methods for protective clothing inclusive of hoods, aprons, sleeves and gaiters which are designed to protect the wearers body including head (hoods) and feet (gaiters) and are to be worn during welding and allied processes with comparable risks. This standard does not cover requirements for hand protection.

EN 61482-Protective Clothing against Electric Arc

This standard specifies methods to test material and garments intended for use in heat-and flame-resistant clothing for workers exposed to electric arcs. The purpose is to ensure that the consequences for workers of exposure to electric arcs, will not be aggravated by the clothing itself. Two protection classes are tested. Protection Class 1 (4kA) and protection Class 2 (7kA) are safety requirements covering actual risk potentials due to electric fault arcs.

EN 1149-Anti Static Protective Clothing

This standard specifies minimum anti static performance requirements for products to meet dissipate electric discharges.

EN 343- Protective Clothing against Rain & Foul Weather Conditions

This standard specifies requirements and test methods applicable to materials and seams of protective clothing against the influence of precipitation (e.g. rain, snowflakes), fog and ground humidity.

EN 471-High-Visibility Warning Clothing

This standard specifies requirements for protective clothing capable of signalling the users presence visually, intended to provide visibility of the user in hazardous situations under any light conditions by day and under illumination by vehicle headlight in the dark.

EN 397-Industrial Safety Helmets

This Standard specifies physical and performance requirements, methods of test and marking requirements for industrial safety helmets. The mandatory requirements apply to helmets for general use in industry.

ISO 20344-Protective Footwear

This standard defines the general requirements and test methods on safety shoes, protective shoes and working shoes for professional use. This standard can only be used together with EN 345, EN 346 and EN 347 standards, which specify the shoes’ requirements according to specific risks levels. The properties represent the combinations of the most widespread requirements. They are designed by a code : S1 : basic properties and closed back, anti-static properties, heel energy absorption S2 like S1 and waterproofness; S3 like S2 and anti-puncture sole, studded sole.

EN 20345:2004 Personal Protective Equipment-Safety Footwear

This European Standard specifies basic and additional (optional) requirements for safety footwear.

EN 20347:2004 Personal Protective Equipment-Occupational Footwear

This European Standard specifies basic and additional (optional) requirements for occupational footwear

EN 388-03 Protective Gloves against Mechanical Risks

This standard specifies requirements, test methods, marking and information to be supplied, for protective gloves against the mechanical risks of abrasion, blade cut, tear and puncture.

EN 407:04-Protective Gloves against Thermal Risks

This standard specifies requirements, test methods, information to be supplied and marking for protective gloves against heat and/or fire. It should be used for all gloves which protect the hands against heat and/or flames in one or more of the following forms: fire, contact heat, convective heat, radiant heat, small splashes or large quantities of molten metal.

EN 340- General Fit & Ergonomic Requirements for Protective Clothing

This Standard specified general performance requirements for ergonomics, innocuousness, size, designation, ageing, compatibility and marking of protective clothing and the information to be supplied.

ISO/TR 18960:2006 Selection, Use & Maintenance of Safety,
Protective and Occupational Footwear

This Technical Report provides guidance for Selection, Use & Maintenance of Safety,
Protective and Occupational Footwear. It is designed for footwear manufacturers, suppliers, employers, self-employed people, safety engineers and users.

What Is An Arc Flash?

An arc flash is a sudden release of electrical energy that occurs when current jumps across a gap between two conductors or from a conductor to a ground. The arc flash generates an intense burst of heat and light that can cause serious injuries, damage to equipment, and fires.

Arc flashes can occur in a wide range of electrical systems and equipment, including switchgear, transformers, motors, and other high-voltage components. They can be caused by a variety of factors, including equipment failure, human error, or a short circuit.

The intense heat generated by an arc flash can cause severe burns, as well as ignite clothing and other materials in the surrounding area, leading to secondary fires. The bright light from the arc flash can also cause temporary or permanent vision damage.

To prevent arc flash incidents, it’s important to follow proper electrical safety procedures, including wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), de-energizing equipment before working on it, and maintaining a safe distance from energized equipment.

Understanding Arc Ratings and Calories

Now that you understand FR clothing is tested and given an arc rating, you know that the arc rating measures the amount of heat the flame resistant fabric blocks when exposed to electric arc. The arc rating is the number of calories that the garment is expected to “absorb” if exposed to an electric arc. Arc rating is, in essence, the level of protection provided to you, the wearer.

Calorie is the unit of measure of the heat energy of an arc flash and the protective level of FR clothing. The bigger the calorie number, the greater the heat energy level of arc flash and the greater the protective level of the clothing. You will be protected from an electric arc if your clothing has a higher calorie arc rating than the calories of heat generated by the arc.

While it does not matter if the fabric has an Ebt,  ATPV and or ELIM value, it is important to pay attention to the calorie level the fabric can support* (as expressed in cal/cm2)