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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.
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.
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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