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DickiesStore is one of the premier suppliers of Personal Protective Equipment in the UK, and as such we have compiled this informal and non-authoritative guide to help you understand the many codes relating to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and the levels of protection afforded by the products that bear them.
It is important to note that we offer this information purely to assist you in finding the protective products that may suit your PPE requirements and urge you to seek professional safety advice in all cases.
Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in all our web pages the content is naturally subject to change and we cannot guarantee its accuracy or currency. We reserve the right to make changes to the information provided without notice.
All EN products that we provide are accessible via the accompanying links in the categories below.
For further assistance, we have provided links to BSi Standards where full PPE product specifications may be obtained together with further references to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) where detailed information regarding personal protective equipment can be obtained.
All safety footwear sold by DickiesStore conforms to EN ISO 20345 which provides a basic impact level of 200 Joules. This means the toe-cap will withstand an impact of 20kg falling from a height of 1.02 metres. There are 6 basic Safety Classifications:-
SB Basic impact protection of 200 Joules.
S1 - 200 Joule toecap protection; closed seat region (fully enclosed heel); antistatic properties; energy absorption of seat region.
S2 - 200 Joule toecap protection; closed seat region (fully enclosed heel); antistatic properties; energy absorption of seat region; water penetration and water absorption resistance.
S3 - 200 Joule toe-cap protection; closed seat region (fully enclosed heel); antistatic properties; energy absorption of seat region; water penetration and water absorption resistance; plus penetration resistance; cleated outsole.
S4 - 200 Joule toe-cap protection; all rubber or all polymeric footwear with antistatic properties; energy absorption of seat region.
S5 200 Joule toe-cap protection;all rubber or all polymeric footwear with antistatic properties; energy absorption of seat region; plus penetration resistance; cleated outsole.
In addition there are extra protective features each with a code to help identify what is required for different working environments. So a product that provides 200 Joule impact protection, is antistatic and has a heat resistant outsole will be marked SB A HRO.
The additional coding is:-
HRO - Resistance to hot contact up to 300 °C
P - Penetration resistance offered by a midsole
E - Energy absorption of seat region
WRU - Water penetration and water absorption resistance
C Conductive footwear
A Antistatic footwear
CI - Insulation against cold
HI - Insulation against heat
SRA Footwear resistant to slippage on a ceramic tiled floor with sodium Laurel sulphate lubricant.
SRB Footwear resistant to slippage on steel with Glycerol lubricant.
SRC - Footwear resistant to slippage on steel with Glycerol lubricant and ceramic tiled floor with sodium Laurel sulphate lubricant.
Appropriate protective clothing is essential when welding or working in foundries, but you need to ensure that you have the correct product for the environment and work at hand. When welding or engaging in similar activities which might produce small splashes of molten metal, safety workwear and equipment needs to meet the specifications of protection level EN1161, while industrial workers who are exposed to brief contact with heat and flames require protective wear that meets the specifications of level EN1162.
All protective high visibility gear should meet the requirements of The Safety at Street Work and Road Works Code of Practice. The highest level of protection for high visibility safety workwear is EN471 Class 3. This level of Hi Vis protection should be worn on trunk roads and all other roads forming the Primary Route Network (PRN), as well as roads displaying green/blue directional signs and all other roads where the speed limit is 40mph and above. For intermediate protection, which is also the minimum requirement when working on all roads where the speed limit is less that 40mph, EN471 Class 2 is required. The lowest level of protection, EN471 Class 1, should only be worn in areas of minimal risk, e.g. off road situations such as transport depots.
Waterproof garments are regulated by the safety standards of EN343. However, EN343 is subdivided into three sub-levels of protective clothing. EN343 Class 3 affords the highest level of foul weather protection. EN343 Class 2 provides intermediate foul weather protection, and EN343 Class 1 provides the lowest level of foul weather protection.
There are two types of protective headgear that provide two different levels of protection. EN397 - relates to industrial safety helmets and hard hats that provide protection against falling objects. EN812 applies to baseball-style caps with an inner scalp guard liner to protect against accidental scrapes and bumps. Protective caps of this kind are not to be considered as proper safety helmets, and should not to be worn if there is a risk of being struck on the head by falling objects.
European legislation for ear defenders and ear plugs requires a minimum protection level of EN352.
Protective eyewear, which includes safety goggles, protective glasses and face visors and spectacles are regulated by European directives and require a minimum protection level of EN166. Further classifications include EN169 which are filtered for welding, brazing, plasma cutting, etc., EN170 for protection against sources of UV light (sunlight for instance), and EN172 for protection against sun glare.
Industrial safety gloves designed to provide protection against mechanical risks fall under the EN388 classification. Gloves that provide protection against thermal hazards (heat and/or fire) are classified under EN407. For cold conditions, protective gloves require an EN511 classification. For protection against chemicals and micro-organisms, safety gloves require an EN374 classification, while EN12477 is the standard for the protective gloves used for welding.
Respiratory protection equipment falls under the BS EN 149:2001 and BS EN 140:1999 classifications. Protective equipment provides basic breathing defence, such as filtering half masks to protect against dust and dangerous particles. Respiratory protection devices are often referred to by their differing levels of protection, for instance: Type 1, 2 or 3 or P1, P2 or P3.
The Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) supplied by DickiesStore is specially designed to meet all of the requirements as stipulated by European legislation, and ensures that all workers are completely protected by the safety clothing that they wear, whatever the environment.
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