GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR PROTECTIVE CLOTHING
This standard sets requirements on among other things the safety, design and comfort of protective clothing. It also sets more requirements than the previous standard on the ageing of clothing through use, for example, but also as a result of washing. In particular, if a manufacturer claims that the clothing may be washed it must demonstrate that the protective properties of the clothing remain after the clothing has been washed the claimed number of times.
PROTECTION AGAINST PRECIPITATION
This European standard relates to protective clothing for rain, wind and cold in temperatures higher than -5°C. This standard specifies the requirements and testing methods applied to materials and seams of protective clothing with regard to bad weather conditions.
Clothing that is certified under ISO 15797 has been tested for its resistance to industrial washing and drying.
The standard specifies the test procedure for measuring the effects of industrial washing on work clothing and on its colour and durability. The clothing is tested using eight different washing procedures that simulate the influences that work clothing is exposed to during industrial washing. The clothing should be tested in a variety of ways. The preservation of the fit, wear-resistance of the seams, strength of the material, colourfastness in relation to the colour intensity and release of colour must meet the standard.
HIGH VISIBILITY CLOTHING
This international standard for high-visibility clothing specifies the visibility of the user on the work floor. Everyone who works on streets, roads or building sites must wear clothing that meets the EN ISO 207471:2013 standard so the wearer is visually identifiable.
This standard describes the test methods and requirements for knee protectors for work in a kneeling position.
PROTECTION IN COOL ENVIRONMENTS - EN 14058 specifies requirements and test methods for the performance of garments for protection against the effects of cool environments above -5 °C. Clothing must be worn close to the body and all adaptations must be used (adjustable bottom and cuffs). There are no model specifications but the clothing needs to be adaptable in that way that upper and lower garments overlap, also when bending. Clothing must be stored in a dry place in order to maintain the thermal insulation value. These effects comprise not only low air temperatures, but also humidity and air velocity. Cold protective ensembles are excluded from this standard. The protective effects and requirements of footwear, gloves and separate head wear are excluded from the scope of this standard. The key here is to manage all layers (bottom, middle and top layer) and to make sure the clothing is closed and fits well.
SAFETY NORM FOR SAFETY SHOES
All requirements for safety shoes have been established in the European safety norms. Safety norm ISO 20345 defines the requirements that all new safety shoes have to meet. All safety shoes that are licensed under this norm need to answer to a very specific set of demands. The ‘S’ in every type represents the shoe’s safety factor.