European norms

The European standards for body protection

All the products in this catalogue comply with European Directives and merit, therefore, the CE label. European Directives relating to the manufacture of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) fix standards,symbolised by the CE label. The criminal liability of the firm is incurred. Before placing the PPE on the market the manufacturer draws up technical documentation, carries out tests and checks the conformity of the PPE with the technical rules that are applicable to it by means of a certification procedure for which the general rule is the CE standard examination. The European Directives divide PPE into three categories :

  • - Category 1 - minor risks (self-certification - simple CE )
  • - Category 2 - intermediary risks (CE examination attestation by a notified body)
  • - Category 3 - PPE of complex design intended for protection against high risks (CE examination attestation by a certified body + regular inspection of the production on the manufacturer's premises by an approved body)

Classification by categories

EN 340 is the basic standard that defines the general requirements for protective garments in terms of ergonomics, ageing, size and marking. This general standard is completed by other standards specific to certain hazards. Among those of particular interest to us there a several that are widely used :

EN 1149 is the standard concerning electrostatic properties. It is worth controlling the electrostatic accumulation and discharge on PPE when inflammable vapours, gas and dust are present in the work environment. In fact, the spark generated by an electrostatic discharge, occurring on the majority of non-treated synthetic fabrics, can be large enough to provoke an explosion. Consequently, an anti-static finishing that absorbs dampness is applied on both sides of the Tyvek® fabric (1431N) used in our Tyvek® protective garment range and on several other protective garments. For the Tyvek® fabrics, 1431N colour, and the Tyvek® C and Tyvek® F, the anti-static treatment is applied only on the inner white side of the garment.

Des pictogrammes définissent le type de protection (de 1 à 6) d'un vêtement de catégorie III. Afin de pouvoir commercialiser un v^étement de protection, tout fabricant comme EIF doit apposer une étiquette sur le vêtement indiquant sa classification. Cela n'est possible pour le fabricant que si le vêtement a été au préalable soumis aux tests selon les normes européennes et que les résultats de ces tests ont été validés par une autorité indépendante habilitée.


Employer's obligations

The employer is bound to evaluate needs in terms of protection linked to its activities and must provide its employees with suitable garments and training concerning the need to wear PPE.

Manufacturer's obligations

A manufacturer of PPE for limited use is obliged to market protective garments :

  • - bearing a CE label and a label informing on the garment's classification
  • - satisfying safety criteria corresponding to clearly defined degrees of protection
  • - that have received the official approval of the competent authorities for the types in which the PPE are classed
  • - that have undergone the appropriate quality inspections

The protective garments manufactured and marketed by segeetx-eif fulfil all these conditions. Segetex-eif has also held ISO 9001 certification  as well as NF EN ISO 13485.

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