General information on occupational and protective clothing

Protective clothing is personal protective equipment which, owing to certain properties, is intended to protect the wearer against influences which are harmful to the body.

A reference standard regulates basic requirements for ergonomy, ageing behaviour, sizes, labelling and manufacturer information under DIN EN 340 Clothing – General Requirements. The protective effect of protective clothing is determined, on the one hand, by its design, however, substantially by the properties of the fabrics and materials used.

The following types of protective clothing are among the most important:

High visibility protective clothing according to DIN EN 471

Clothing to protect against heat and flames according to DIN EN ISO 11612:2008

Protective clothing for welding and related types according to DIN EN ISO 11611:2008

Protective clothing for thermal hazards from electric arcs / requirements according to DIN EN 61482-1-2/IEC 61482-2

Type 6 chemical protective clothing according to DIN EN 13034:2005 + A1:2009

Protective clothing with electrostatic discharge capability according to DIN EN 1149

ESD protection according to IEC61340

Weather protective clothing according to DIN EN 343, 342

Protective clothing against mechanical effects according to DIN EN 510 ¬(Protective suit against mechanical risks)

Protective aprons according to DIN EN 412

Protective clothing for chainsaw users according to DIN EN 381

Protective clothing for the fire brigade according to DIN 469 (EN-Draft)

Accident prevention regulations (VGB 1) Personal protective equipment § 4

The company must provide body protection (protective clothing) if work is carried out with or in proximity to substances which can lead to skin injuries or can penetrate the human body through the skin as well as for hazards including burns, chemical burns, risk of scalding and hypothermia. The protective clothing must be maintained in good order and worn by employees. 

The basic material is either cotton wool or a blended fabric made from polyester and cotton wool. Shapes and sizes are manufactured in accordance with DIN-EN standards.

Heat, cold, darkness, welding, chemicals … protective clothing will help you in these cases!

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