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PPE Regulation (EU) 2016/425
The overall purpose of the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Regulation is to define rules for equipment designed and manufactured to be worn or held by a person for protection against one or more risks to that person’s health or safety.
From PPE Directive 89/686/EEC to PPE Regulation (EU) 2016/425
The regulation superseded the old PPE Directive 89/686/EEC on 21 April 2018. The new regulation reflects new technologies and processes for developing and bringing PPE to the market. As well as reflecting new technology, the new regulation has been shaped to enhance consumer safety and ensure fair competition between companies and markets.
The new regulation will not have to be transposed into each member state’s national law as it is a binding legislative act. It will be applied in its entirety across the EU without the need for separate national legislation. It also covers EEA/EFTA members (Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland). Countries under specific acquis communautaire agreements (Switzerland, Turkey) are also required to apply the regulation.
The main changes with the new regulation are:
- Responsibilities outlined for importers and distributors, including online.
- An EU declaration of conformity must accompany the product, or user information must include corresponding information and must also display the website address where the EU declaration of conformity can be accessed.
- Technical documentation and EU declaration of conformity must be available for 10 years after the product has been placed on the market.
- Mandatory maximum five-year certificate validity period.
- The manufacturer must declare their (1) name, (2) registered trading name or brand, and (3) a single contact postal address at which they can be contacted, on the product or, where not possible due to the size or physical characteristics of the product, on its packaging and/or on the accompanying documentation.
- Products must be marked with type, serial or batch number.
- Any competent market supervisory authority is permitted and advised to contact the economic operator directly, even if they are based in a different member state.
The regulation specifies different categories of PPE, such as work clothes, regulated by EN ISO 13688:2013; work gloves, regulated by EN 420:2003+A1:2009; and eye, ear and foot protection.
More information at European Commission
PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE).
When the CE mark is used alone in our trouser descriptions, it refers to knee protection. It is also used to show that our work gloves fulfill CE standards.
EN 342 - PROTECTIVE CLOTHING AGAINST COLD
EN 342 specifies the requirements and performance of clothing designed to protect against cooling of the body in cold environments. It is possible to certify single garments as well as an entire outfit in several layers.
Wearing several layers is a great way of increasing insulation and enhance the protection against cold. The layered outfit also makes it easy to adjust to rapid temperature changes.
Remember that sweating should be avoided during continuous cold exposure, since moisture absorption will progressively reduce insulation. In addition, wind increases the need for protection.
The EN 14058 norm is closely related to EN 342. EN 14058 requires a lower level of protection and targets clothing designed for work in cool environments i.e. cold stores (refrigerated area for keeping foods etc.)
EN 343 - PROTECTIVE CLOTHING AGAINST RAIN
Rain doesn’t only make you wet, but also cold, hampering your work performance.
EN 343 specifies the performance and requirements of clothing protecting against rain and vapor. The norm defines the water penetration resistance of the garment’s fabric and seams and water vapour resistance. Both features three classifications – 1, 2 and 3 – were classification 3 indicates the best performance.
Remember that although a certified product protects against rain, the wearer can still be wet and cold from the inside through heavy sweating and lack of efficient ventilation (breathability) in the garment. To minimize the accumulation of moisture vapor (sweat) from the body, the user should choose garments based on the work intensity. The higher intensity, the higher breathability is needed, and vice versa.
EN ISO 20471 - HIGH VISIBILITY CLOTHING
EN ISO 20471 specifies requirements for clothing capable of signaling the user’s presence visually. Performance requirements are included for color and retro reflection as well as for minimum areas and for the disposition of fluorescent and reflective materials.
The norm includes three different classes where class 3 has the highest visibility. For each class, the norm dictates the area and placement of the fluorescent, reflective and contrast materials, respectively. None of the fluorescent and reflective materials can replace the other in calculating areas as the purpose differs.
Garments can be combined to reach a higher visibility and class. However, it’s not always that 1+2 equals 3. It all depends on the size of the area of the respective material (fluorescent and reflective).
EN 388 - PROTECTIVE GLOVES AGAINST MECHANICAL RISKS
This standard applies to all kinds of protective gloves in respect of physical and mechanical aggressions caused by abrasion, blade cut, tear, puncture and, if applicable, impact.
A performance level is determined according to each test result – the higher the number or ascending letter, the greater the level of protection. Results are displayed using a pictogram, permitting clear understanding of the capability of the glove.
a. Resistance to abrasion: based on the number of cycles required to abrade through the sample glove. The resistance to abrasion is measured by the number of cycles required for hole to occur. Highest protection is 4 and is equal with 8000 cycles.
b. Circular blade cut resistance: based on the number of cycles required to cut through the sample by a circular rotating blade at a constant speed. The result is compared with a reference material and an index is obtained. Highest protection is 5 and is equal with an of index of 20.
c. Tear resistance: based on the amount of force required to tear the sample. The resistance to tear is defined as the force necessary to propagate a tear in a rectangular specimen slit half way along its length. The specimen shall be torn totally apart. Highest protection is 4 and is equal with 75 Newton.
d. Puncture resistance: based on the amount of force required to pierce the sample with a standard sized point and speed (10 cm/min). Highest protection is 4 and is equal with 150 Newton.
In all cases, 0 indicates the lowest level of performance, as follows. These are the requirements for each performance levels. The performance level is displayed alongside the pictogram.
e. Straight blade cut resistance: based on a straight blade drawn across the sample until cut-through takes place and measures the contact load applied to the blade to make a cut-through over a 20 mm stroke length. The performance levels range from 'level A' cut resistance with a contact force between 2N and 5N, up to 'level F', with a contact force greater than 30N.
f. Impact resistance: This is an optional test and is used for gloves which incorporate specific impact-resistant properties which may be added to the palm, back of the hand or the knuckles. Testing is carried out in accordance with clause 6.9 of EN 13594:2015 – 'Protective gloves for motorcycle riders’. A marking code 'P' is added for gloves meeting the impact-resistant requirements.
|a. Abrasion resistance (cycles)||<100||100||500||2000||8000||–|
|b. Circular blade cut resistance (index)||<1.2||1.2||2.5||5.0||10.0||20.0|
|c. Tear resistance (newton)||<10||10||25||50||75||–|
d. Puncture resistance (newton)
e. Straight blade cut resistance (N)
f. Impact resistance
|Approved (P) Not approved (blank)|
EN 511 - PROTECTIVE GLOVES AGAINST COLD
This standard applies to any gloves to protect the hands against convective and contact cold down to –50 °C. Protection against cold is expressed by a pictogram followed by a series of 3 performance levels, relating to specific protective qualities. Highest protection is 4.
a. Resistance to convective cold: Performance level 0–4. Based on the thermal insulation properties of the glove which are obtained by measuring the transfer of cold via convection.
b. Resistance to contact cold: Performance level 0–4. Based on the thermal resistance of the glove material when exposed to contact with a cold object.
c. Permeability by water: 0 or 1. 0 = water penetration after 30 minutes of exposure. 1 = no water penetration.
X=performance level not tested.
All gloves must also achieve at least performance level 1 for abrasion and tear according to EN 388.
EN ISO 11611 - PROTECTIVE CLOTHING FOR USE IN WELDING AND ALLIED PROCESSES
EN 11611 specifies material performance and design requirements for clothing developed to protect against heat and flame and welding. Essentially the welding version of EN 11612, this norm defines protection against ignition from various heat sources, such as open flames, molten iron splash and contact heat. In addition, garments certified according to EN 11611 protect against radiant heat from the arc as well as minimize the possibility of electrical shock by short-term, accidental contact with live electrical conductors.
EN 11611 features two classes, Class 1 and Class 2, depending on the type of welding technique used. Class 1 comprises less hazardous welding techniques and situations, lower levels of spatter (splashes of molten metal) and radiant heat, whereas Class 2 includes more hazardous welding techniques and situations, higher levels of spatter and radiant heat.
The norm also includes several design requirements, such as that suits should completely cover the upper and lower torso, neck, arms and legs, and that external pockets should be covered by flaps at least 20 mm wider than the opening of the pocket.
EN 13034 - PROTECTIVE CLOTHING AGAINST LIQUID CHEMICALS
Specifying the requirements for clothing offering limited protection against liquid chemicals, EN 13034 targets professions and situations in which the wearer relatively easily can step out from the risk environment and quickly remove the garment. Typical professions include truck drivers who drive gasoline transports and service technicians who occasionally handles lubricants, acids etc. For tougher environments with higher risks, higher protection garments are required.
The classification Type 6 refers to full chemical overalls whereas Type PB refers to partial body protection, for example jackets and trousers.
The norm’s design requirements state that the garment should include no features that may collect liquid chemicals and hold them onto the fabric surface (such as unprotected pockets etc).
NOTE! Since liquid chemicals often are flammable, the user should wear antistatic clothing for optimal protection as well as flame retardent clothing. EN 13034, EN ISO 11612 and EN 1149 make a great combination for this purpose.
EN ISO 11612 - PROTECTIVE CLOTHING AGAINST HEAT AND FLAME
EN 11612 specifies performance for clothing designed to protect from heat and/or flame (not including protection for firefighters and welders). The norm indicates protection against ignition from various heat sources: (A) limited flame spread, A1 surface ignition and A2 edge ignition, according to test method ISO15025; (B) convective heat and open flames, according to test method ISO9151; (C) radiant heat, according to test method ISO6942; (D) molten aluminum splash, according to test method ISO9185; (E) molten iron splash, according to test method ISO9185; and (F) contact heat (flat iron, hot plate etc.), according to test method ISO12127-1.
Garments certified according to EN 11612 should be used together with other protective clothing that meets the requirements of EN 11612. Furthermore, the norm requires full protection of arms and legs, which means t-shirts and shorts do not meet the EN 11612 requirements. However, the user can wear clothes certified according to EN 14116 (which does not have the same design requirements) underneath for enhanced protection.
To ensure full protection, the head, neck, hands and feet must be covered with other approved protective clothing. Note that garments classified as underwear should always be worn together with outer garments that meet the protection requirements of EN 11612. The underwear will not provide the right level of protection on their own.
EN ISO 14116 - PROTECTIVE CLOTHING AGAINST FLAME
EN 14116 specifies the performance of protective clothing for workers exposed to occasional brief contact with open flames with no other thermal risks. This norm is a “lighter” version of EN 11612 and is relevant for garments without full-length sleeves and legs as well as accessories such as hats, beanies, balaclavas, socks, underpants etc.
EN 14116 is available in three different indexes – 1, 2 and 3, where Index 3 stipulates the highest protection requirements. Materials classified as Index 1 must not be worn next to skin and garments that contain Index 1 materials should only be worn on top of Index 2 or 3 garments.
EN 1149-5 - PROTECTIVE CLOTHING ELECTROSTATIC PROPERTIES
EN 1149-5 specifies material performance and design requirements for protective clothing with electrostatic properties. These protective clothes are designed to avoid the risk of incendiary discharge (the formation of sparks), when for example an elbow or a knee is brushed against a wall or similar surface/object. This is vital when working with flammable materials such as gas or gasoline.
The material performance is based on the material’s surface resistivity, electrical resistance and charge decay. In order to be fully protected, all non-complying materials and conductive parts (zippers etc) should be fully covered. In addition, the person must be properly earthed by wearing shoes that allow static electricity to dissipate into the ground.
NOTE! EN1149-5 certification is not sufficient for work with fine electronics and similar sensitive electronics (microchips, printed circuit boards, cell phone assembly, etc). For this kind of work, you need protective clothing certified according to EN 61340.
IEC 61482-2 - PROTECTIVE CLOTHING AGAINST THE THERMAL HAZARDS OF AN ELECTRIC ARC
Despite all cautions, a large number of electric arc accident occur every year. IEC 61482-2 specifies requirements for clothing protecting against the thermal hazards of an electric arc. These clothes belong to the Risk III category, which defines garments used in high-risk environments, and are certified to eliminate second-degree burns in the event of an electric arc flash (flashover).
Electric arc protection is all about protection against energy, measured in calories (cal/cm2). In order to measure the product’s level of protection, the garment is subject to two different test methods: Open arc test and Box test. The test methods use different test set-ups, arc configurations, test parameters, test procedures and result parameters. The test methods’ results can be neither physically compared nor mathematically transformed into each other. The arc rating has to be tested and assessed either to the one or to the other method.
For the Open arc method, the test results are specified as ATPV (Arc Thermal Performance Value) or EBT50 (Energy Break-open Threshold; when holes begin to form in the fabric). Neither value is better than the other. Basically, garments/fabrics that get an EBT50 value are typically more insulating than they are strong and ATPV garments/fabrics are usually stronger than they are insulating. In a box test, the object is subjected with a directed arc flash of either 4kA (class 1) or 7kA (class 2)
NOTE! All garments worn must protect against electric arc! Including underwear, socks, gloves, underpants and t-shirts or shirts worn underneath the outer layer. And remember that the more layers of electric-arc-protective clothing you wear, the higher your protection.
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EN 14404 - KNEE PROTECTION
This standard encompasses the size, force distribution, penetration resistance and user testing of kneepads.
Type 2, Level 1
Reliable knee protection for craftsmen with a mobile working environment that involves regular kneeling to perform their job. Designed to protect the knees from pebbles, nails and other small objects up to 1 cm on hard and flat surfaces.
Type 2, Level 0
Effective knee protection for craftsmen who occasionally need to work on their knees indoors. Designed to protect the knees on flat surfaces.
Snickers Workwear kneepads are designated and certified for use with the Snickers Workwear trousers' knee pockets, according to EN 14404:2010. The kneepads are not certified for other branded trousers.
|Do not iron|
|Iron at maximum 110°C|
|Iron at maximum 150°C|
|Iron at maximum 200°C|
|Maximum washing temp. 40°C|
|Maximum washing temp. 60°C|
|Maximum washing temp. 85°C|
|Do not dry clean|
|Tumble drying lower temp.|
|Tumble drying normal temp.|
|Do not tumble dry|
Innovation and product development are at the very core of the Snickers Workwear brand. As a result of this intense focus, many of our advanced products or solutions feature registered patents. Many products are also covered by Registered Community Design (RCD).
In our catalogue, products with registered design or with functions included in patent applications or patents are marked with the symbols below.
|This product is patented or has a patent application in selected countries both within Europe and world wide.|
|This product has a Registered Community Design (RCD), or national design registrations.|