There are 3 categories within the Directive;
Category I – low risk of injury (e. g. rain protection EN 343)
Category II – risk of injury (e. g. EN ISO 11612 A, B, C, Heat & Flame)
Category III – high risk of injury (e. g. Electric arc IEC 61482-2, Molten Metal EN ISO 11612 D3, E3).
Our Category III garments have a production quality monitoring system (11B) to ensure that the garments are safe to use. They are marked CE0403 by our Notified Body, FIOH.
NOTE: The new PPE Regulation (EU)2016/425 is approved and from April 2018 we can certify our garments according to this Legislation. We will change our certificates when they pass the expiry date.
Below are the symbols used in our flame retardant clothing, on the website and in catalogs with an explanation of the standard.
All Tranemo PPE Clothing are CE marked. The CE marking indicates that a Notified Body has CE type examined these garments according to the PPE Directive 89/686/EEC. On our garments you will find this symbol on the inside CE label. The CE label also shows which standards and classes the garments are approved for.
When you find this symbol on the CE label inside the PPE garment it indicates that there is an instruction book attached to your PPE garment. It also tells you that further details needs to be read before you start using the garment to ensure that it is worn correctly and gives the optimum protection in the workplace. All instructions are written in a number of languages according to the EU Directive.
Protective clothing against the thermal hazard of an electric arc
This standard specifies PPE Clothing when there is a risk of an electric arc ? for instance when working with electricity on open equipment or maintenance / switching work. Electric arc garments come under PPE Directive Category III. Fabric properties and garment design are important parameters in the CE marking of electric arc garments.
Our PPE Clothing is marked IEC 61482-2 which includes both test methods for electric arc:
EN 61482-1-1 Open Arc test – this tests the protection level of the garment by using an open arc. The open arc test results in an ARC RATING; ATPV figure (Arc Thermal Performance Value) and/or EBT50 value (Energy Break Open Threshold). This is an arc-rating system for the FR fabric/fabric layers. The result is given in cal/cm² and means that this energy is predicted to protect from a second-degree skin burn (with a 50% probability). The value helps you to choose the right level of protection.
The result is divided into four PPE categories (also called HRC – Hazard Risk Category).
We recommend that your outer layer reaches at least 8 cal/cm² (i.e. PPE / HRC Category 2)
EN 61482-1-2 Box test – test the protection class of the garments by using a constrained and direct arc.
A single layer garment will in most cases pass class 1. To reach class 2, a two or three-layer system (or a thicker garment such as a winter garment) is needed.
|EN ISO 11612
Protective clothing to protect against heat and flame
This standard specifies PPE Clothing when working where there is a risk that the garments will come into contact with heat and flame. The standard is divided in different categories, where the code letters show which heat and flame requirements the garment needs to fulfill. At least two categories must be tested to be able to CE mark the garments. Code letter A1 and/or A2 is mandatory and the result is included on the CE label together with this symbol. The code letters are classified in different levels where the highest number is the highest tested level. The design of the garment is also a parameter in the CE marking for heat and flame garments.
When the fabric is tested for convective heat (B) and radiant heat (C) you get two values. The first value is the time it takes for the skin temperature underneath the fabric to increase to 12°C, this is when you sense the heat. The second value is the time it takes for the skin temperature to increase to 24°C, this is when you risk a second-degree burn. The time for the temperature to increase from 12ºC to 24ºC is the time you have to react and move away from the heat source.
If the fabric can resist molten aluminum it will normally also be acceptable against molten aluminum bronze and molten minerals. Also if the fabric can resist molten iron, it will normally be acceptable against molten copper, molten phosphor bronze and molten brass. If you are working with other molten metals or alloys than aluminum (D) or iron (E), please contact us and we will discuss the best fabric / garment solution for your risk assessment.
LOI – Limited Oxygen Index
LOI means the minimum concentration of oxygen (expressed as a percentage) that would be required to support combustion of a fabric. It determines the protection of the garment regarding relative flammability and should be over 25%. We test the LOI value on our fabrics and show this on the outside FR label. The LOI value is one way to indicate the level of FR protection a garment provides and it makes it easier for the user to compare and choose the right level of protection.
|EN ISO 14116
Protective clothing with limited protection against heat and flame
This standard does not have a dedicated Symbol/Pictogram, we use the flame symbol to indicate it is a FR garment. The standard is often used for clothing and accessories with lower level flame retardant protection, such as Hi-Visibility vests, rainwear, kneepads and socks. It is divided into three classes, where index 3 is the highest level. Index 3 garments should be worn in combination with EN ISO 11612 garments. It is important to note that Index 1 garments should not be worn next to skin.
Protective clothing – Electrostatic properties
This standard specifies PPE Clothing used in explosive environments (i.e. ATEX) where there is a risk that the garments could create sparks, which in turn could ignite explosive materials. To certify garments to this standard, the antistatic properties of the fabric are tested according to EN 1149-1(surface resistivity) or EN 1149-3(charge decay). The design of the garment is also a parameter in the certification and CE marking of antistatic/ATEX garments.
|EN ISO 11611
Protective clothing for use in welding and allied processes
This standard specifies PPE Clothing used in welding work or allied processes where you have the risk of spatter (small splashes of molten metal), short contact with flame, radiant heat from the arc, and risk of electric shock by short-term, accidental contact with live electrical conductors (at voltages up to approximately 100 V DC in normal conditions of welding). The standard is divided in two different classes with different levels of risk. The welding function of the fabric is tested with 15 drops (class 1) or 25 drops (class 2) of molten metal. The design of the garment is also a parameter in the CE marking of welding garments.
EN 13034 Type PB
Protective clothing against liquid chemicals
This standard specifies PPE Clothing used where there is a risk of a potential exposure to a light spray, liquid aerosols or low pressure, low volume splashes against which a complete liquid permeation barrier (at a molecular level) is not required. This standard tests four different chemicals. At least two out of four chemicals must be tested to be able to certify and CE mark the garments with this symbol. The design of the garment is also a parameter in the CE marking for chemical protection garments.
Chemicals that can be tested in accordance to EN 13034:
If you are working with other chemicals or other concentrations of the above chemicals, please contact us for information on the best fabric / garment solution for your risk assessment.
|EN ISO 20471
High Visibility clothing
This standard specifies PPE Clothing used where the wearer needs to be visible at day and night and where there is a risk from moving vehicles. This standard has three different levels covering three different risks and the maximum level is class 3. The figure below indicates the area of fluorescent and reflective material within the garment. To certify and CE mark a garment with this symbol, it must achieve one of these levels. The fabric and reflective tape is tested after 5 laboratory washes and this is the key difference between EN ISO 20471 and EN 471. The design of the garment is also a parameter in the CE marking of High Visibility garments.
Protective clothing against rain
This standard specifies PPE Clothing used for working in rain or snow, fog and ground humidity. The garment and seams are tested for water penetration (waterproofness) which gives a class 1,2 or 3 and water vapor resistance (breathability) which also gives a class 1,2 or 3, where class 3 is the highest level in both cases. The garment must achieve a result on both tests to be CE marked with this symbol.
Protective clothing against cold
This standard specifies PPE Clothing used when working in cold environments. It requires tests of resultant effective thermal insulation (value in m²K/W), air permeability (shown as class 1,2 or 3) and resistance to water penetration (shown as class 1 or 2). The garment must achieve results on thermal insulation and air permeability to be CE marked with this symbol ? the water penetration test is optional.
|GO/RT 3279 Issue 8: 2013
Railway Group High Visibility Standard for Hi-Vis Orange garments in the UK.