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 :
European Standards for Disposable PPE
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:
European Standards for chemical protection
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:
Test for
seams resistance
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.


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