PROTECTIVE CLOTHING CERTIFICATION
Protective clothing covers or replaces personal clothing and is intended to protect the wearer against potential hazards. If the clothing does not provide protection, it is considered as work clothing only, rather than Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
If considered protective clothing (PPE), it may offer full body protection for the wearer’s body – arms, legs and torso – or only cover certain parts of the body and thus offer partial body protection. It may be reusable or disposable, depending on its material and design..
REQUIREMENTS FOR CERTIFYING PROTECTIVE CLOTHING. CE MARKING
Protective clothing must meet the technical criteria set out in EU Regulation 2016/425 on Personal Protective Equipment before it can be marketed in the European Union.
Conformity assessment for the certificate must be carried out by a Notified Body, and AITEX is Notified Body number 0161, assigned by the European Commission to assess the conformity of Personal Protective Equipment for CE marking before it is placed on the EU market..
Protective clothing can be classified as category I, II or III, depending on the risks from which it protects the wearer. Depending on the category to which the garment or clothing belongs, it must undergo different conformity assessment procedures for certification.
TYPES OF PROTECTIVE CLOTHING TO OBTAIN CE MARKING
TYPES OF PROTECTIVE CLOTHING ACCORDING TO CATEGORY
Personal Protection Equipment is classified according to the risk categories from which users must be protected:
> Category I. Protection against minimal risks.
> Category II. Protection against intermediate risks other than those listed in categories I and III.
> Category III. Protection exclusively from risks that may have very serious consequences, such as death or irreversible damage to health.
TYPES OF PROTECTIVE CLOTHING ACCORDING TO RISKS
Protective clothing can be classified according to how they protect against the risks that may occur in the development of a work activity.
> Thermal risks
> Medium and low visibility risks
> Chemical, biological and ionizing radiation risks
> Risks against bad weather, cold and rain
> Mechanical risks
> Electrostatic risks
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