European Standards for Disposable PPE
The garments for chemical protection belong to the category III defined by 89/686/cee directive. This category groups together the PPE intended for the protection against serious or irreversible risks. Standards have been developed at European scale concerning test methods and performance levels applicable to PPE for each of the characteristics of physical and chemical protection tested :
|EN465||Garments for chemical protection|
|EN369||Garments for chemical protection|
|EN468||Garments for chemical protection|
|EN374 - 2||Gloves for micro - organisms protection|
|EN374 - 3||Gloves for chemical protection|
Furthermore, projects of European standards have been established and 6 types of garments have been defined by the CeN/tC162 for chemical protection garments:
|TYPE 1||Tight to gases|
|TYPE 2||Tight to gases, non tight joint|
|TYPE 3||Tight to liquids|
|TYPE 4||Tight to aerosols|
|TYPE 5||Tight to particles|
|TYPE 6||Tightness limited to splashs and particles|
The types are determined by submitting the whole garment to tests. Type tests include:
|internal leak (only type 1)|
|internal pressure (only type 1)|
|Performance test into practice|
|movement easiness in 7 stages|
|squirt (type 3) according to EN463|
|aerosols (type 4) according to EN468|
|particles (type 5) according to CEN/TC162/WG3/G3/N81|
|limited for aerosols (type 6) according to EN463|
EN465 Standard: Garments for Chemical Protection
Relative to performance requirements for chemical protection garments with fogs tight joints between the different parts of the garments.
EN369 & EN468 Standard: Garments For Chemical Protection
Garments for chemical protection. Protection against liquid chemicals. Test methods: materials resistance to fog penetration.
EN374-2 Standard: Gloves For Micro-Organisms Protection
The EN374-2 standard specifies a test method for the resistance to penetration of protective gloves by chemicals and / or micro - organisms. When the gloves resist to penetration, and when tested according to this section of the EN374 standard, they constitute an effective barrier against microbiological risks.
EN374-3 Standard: Gloves For Chemical Protection
The EN374 - 3 standard regards the determination of the materials resistance constituting the gloves for permeation by non gaseous chemicals potentially dangerous in case of continuous contact. It is therefore advisable to insist on the fact that this test does not account for the conditions liable to be met during service, and it is highly recommended to use the test results, which have an essentially relative value, only to compare materials by high categories of time of passage.