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Current PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) Standards for Footwear and Glove

European Regulation 2016/425/UE dated 09.03.2016 and associated documents

In application since 21 April 2018, the Regulation 2016/425/UE of 09 March 2016 lays down the essential health and safety requirements and defines how the responsible of the product shall fulfil this obligation. The responsible of the product can be a manufacturer, a distributor...

 

Use of the Personal Protective Equipment Directives

1/ For the PPE users, obligations are fixed in the “PPE users” Directive 89/656 dated 30.11.1989 and the associated texts.

Employers of people using PPE must insure that:

They analyze and assess, in collaboration with the various internal committees, the weaknesses of the protection systems.
In accordance with the definition above, they select personal protective equipment with the appropriated level of protection necessary in view of the potential danger and risk likely to be incurred.
They provide personal protective equipment free of charge and conforming to the legal requirements, i.e.:

CE marked.
With user information attached to each pair of gloves.
With a declaration of conformity given to the user during the purchase phase.

 

2/ For the PPE manufacturers, CE marking is based on the following texts:

“PPE design” Regulation 2016/425/UE

 

Certification rules for PPE - Footwear

 

  Category I Category II Category III
CLASSIFICATION
 
Minor risks
 
Other risks
 
Lethal or irreversible risks
 
EXAMPLES

Boot for climate risk

Footwear for mechanical risks

Footwear for chemical risks

 OBLIGATIONS OF THE MANUFACTURER

Propose and diffuse a technical file on the product (including a user notice)
Undertake tests to guaranteed homogeneity of his product
Produce a declaration of conformity



    Mark the product with the CE

Propose and diffuse a technical file on the product (including a user notice)
Undertake tests to guaranteed homogeneity of his product
Obtain a CE type-examination certificate from a Notified Body
Produce a declaration of conformity

Mark the product with the CE

Propose and diffuse a technical file on the product (including a user notice)
Undertake tests to guaranteed homogeneity of his product
Obtain a CE type-examination certificate from a Notified Body
Produce a declaration of conformity
Mark the product with the CE


  Choose a Notified Body to monitor annually their production process (11a or 11b procedure)

 

Certification rules for PPE - Gloves

 

  Category I Category II Category III
CLASSIFICATION
 
Minor risks Other risks Lethal or irreversible risks
EXAMPLES

Gardening glove

Glove for mechanical risks

Glove for chemical risks

 OBLIGATIONS OF THE MANUFACTURER

  • Technical file of the PPE
  • Declaration of conformity
  • User instruction
  • CE marking
  • Technical file of the PPE
  • Declaration of conformity
  • User instruction
  • CE marking

+ UE type examination by
a notified body (module B)

  • Technical file of the PPE
  • Declaration of conformity
  • User instruction
  • CE marking

+ UE type examination by
a notified body (module B)
+ Annual PPE surveillance by
a notified body (Module C2 ou D)

 

 

Standards for Footwear

An important work of standardization has been necessary to develop standards for the foot and leg protectors. The technical committee of the European Committee for Standardization (CEN TC 161) has performed this work and harmonized standards have been published. The work is still running in order to complete the existing standards and also to improve them taking into account the increasing expertise of market professionals (manufacturers, Notified Bodies, users…).

 

EN ISO 20344  PPE - Test method for footwear
EN ISO 20345 PPE - Safety footwear
EN ISO 20346 PPE - Protective footwear
EN ISO 20347 PPE - Occupational footwear
EN ISO 22568 (part 1 to 4) Requirements and test method for toe cap and perforation resistant insert
EN ISO 13287  Footwear - Test method for slip resistance
EN 15090 Footwear for fire-fighters
EN ISO 17249  Safety footwear resistant to chain saw cutting
ISO 11393-3 Protective clothing for users of hand-held chain-saws - Part 3: Test methods for footwear
ISO/TR 18690 Guidance for use, selection and maintenance of safety, protective and occupational footwear
EN 50321-1 Electrically insulated footwear for live working on low-voltage installations
EN 13634  Protective footwear for professional motorcycle riders - Requirements and test methods
EN 13832-2 Footwear protecting against chemicals - Part 2: requirement for footwear resistant to chemicals under laboratory conditions
EN 13832-3 Footwear protecting against chemicals - Part 3: requirement for footwear highly resistant to chemicals under laboratory conditions
EN 20349 (part 1 to 2) Personal protective equipment - Footwear protecting against risks in foundries and welding
ASTM F2413-17   Performance Requirements for Protective (Safety) Toe Cap Footwear

 

 

Standards for Glove

 

EN ISO 374-1 Protective gloves against dangerous chemicals and micro-organisms - Part 1: Terminology and performance requirements for chemical risks
EN ISO 374-5 Protective gloves against dangerous chemicals and micro-organisms - Part 5: Terminology and performance requirements for micro-organisms risks
EN 388 Protective gloves against mechanical risks
EN 407 Protective gloves against thermal risks (heat and/or fire)
EN ISO 21420 Protective gloves - General requirements and test methods
EN 421 Protective gloves against ionizing radiation and radioactive contamination
EN 511 Protective gloves against cold
EN 659 Protective gloves for firefighters
EN 1082 (part 1 to 3) Protective clothing - Gloves and arm guards protecting against cuts and stabs by hand knives
EN ISO 10819 Mechanical vibration and shock - Hand-arm vibration - Measurement and evaluation of the vibration transmissibility of gloves at the palm of the hand
EN ISO 11393-4 Protective clothing for users of hand-held chain-saws - Part 4: Test methods and performance requirements for protective gloves
EN 12477 Protective gloves for welders
EN 13594 Protective gloves for motorcycle riders - Requirements and test methods
EN ISO 13997 Protective clothing - Mechanical properties - Determination of resistance to cutting by sharp objects
EN 14328 Protective clothing - Gloves and armguards protecting against cuts by powered knives - Requirements and test methods
EN 16027 Protective clothing - Gloves with protective effect for association football goal keepers
EN 16350 Protective gloves - Electrostatic properties
EN 16523 (part 1 & 2) Determination of material resistance to permeation by chemicals
EN 16778 Protective gloves - The determination of Dimethylformamide in gloves
EN 18889 Protective gloves for pesticide operators and re-entry workers - Performance requirements
ANSI/ISEA 105-2016 Hand Protection Classification

 

 

Protective, Safety and Occupational shoes and boots

The shoes must comply with the requirements of the European Regulation. The compliance is established by the implementation of harmonized European standards applicable in all the countries of the European Community.

  • Using the CE marking: the manufacturers accept their responsibility on the compliance of their products. This compliance is checked by an impartial body, defined by its national authorities and registered by the French Employment Ministry and the European Commission in Brussels: the Notified Body.
  • In addition to the CE marking, the international standards impose a secondary indication allowing the identification of the protection afforded by the shoes and the boots.
  • Whether the article is for safety, protective or occupational purposes, all shoes or boots marked CE guarantee a high level of comfort and durability established on the basis of the following standards:
  • Safety footwear (EN ISO 20345) with a 200 J toecap.
  • Protective footwear (EN ISO 20346) with a 100 J toecap.
  • Occupational footwear (EN ISO 20347) without toecap but with other standardized safety elements.

 

 In order to help the consumer to choose the shoes, the following markings have been developed:

 

EN ISO 20345

EN ISO 20346

EN ISO 20347

 

 

 

 

Shoes

S1:

  • Closed seat
  • Antistatic property
  • Heel energyw absorption
  • Resistance to fuel oil

 

P1:

  • Closed seat
  • Antistatic property
  • Heel energy absorption
  • Resistance to fuel oil

 

O1:

  • Closed seat
  • Antistatic property
  • Heel energy absorption

 

S2: as S1 +

  • Upper water resistance

 

P2: as P1 +

  • Upper water resistance

 

O2: as O1 +

  • Upper water resistance

 

S3: as S2 +

  • Anti-perforation sole
  • Cleated sole

 

P3: as P2 +

  • Anti-perforation sole
  • Cleated sole

 

O3: as O2 +

  • Anti-perforation sole
  • Cleated sole

 

 

 

Boots

 

S4: same as S1

 

 

P4: same as P1

 

O4: same as O1

 

S5: same as S3

 

 

P5: same as P3

 

O5: same as O3

 

 

Other characteristics, also standardized, can be used alone or with the basic requirements of the products (see above) and are defined as:

P:            Anti-penetration sole

CI:     Cold insulation

C:      Conductive shoe or boot

E:      Heel energy absorption

A:      Antistatic shoe or boot

WRU: Water-resistant upper

HI:     Heat insulation

HRO: Resistance to hot contact

WR: Water-resistant footwear

M:      Metatarsal protection

SRA: Slip resistance on ceramic tile floor with NaLS

AN: Ankle protection

SRC: Slip resistance on ceramic tile floor with NaLS and on steel floor with glycerol

SRB: Slip resistance on steel floor with glycerol

 

Safety Footwear design

 

PPE footwear safety

 

Safety Gloves

The gloves must comply with the requirements of the European Regulation. The compliance is established by the implementation of harmonized European standards applicable in all the countries of the European Community.

  • Using the CE marking: the manufacturers accept their responsibility on the compliance of their products. This compliance is checked by an impartial body, defined by its national authorities and registered by the French Employment Ministry and the European Commission in Brussels: the Notified Body.
  • In addition to the CE marking, the international standards impose a secondary indication allowing the identification of the protection afforded by the gloves.
  • All gloves marked CE guarantee a high level of comfort and durability established on the basis of the following marking standards:

 

MECHANICAL RISKS

EN 388 - WXYZα (P)

  • Abrasion resistance : W
  • Blade cut resistance : X
  • Tear resitance : Y
  • Puncture resitance : Z 
  • Cut resistance : α

Optional : Impact protection : P

 

COLD RISKS

EN 511 - XYZ

  • Convective cold : X
  • Contact cold : Y
  • Water impermeability : Z

 

THERMAL RISKS

EN 407 - UVWXYZ

  • Burning behaviour : U
  • Contact heat : V
  • Convective heat : W
  • Radiant heat : X
  • Small splashed of molten metal : Y
  • Large quantities of molten metal : Z

 

MICRO-ORGANISM HAZARDS

EN  ISO 374-5

 

CHEMICAL RISKS

EN ISO 374-1

Permeation resistance

Plus letters corresponding to the tested chemicals

  • A : Methanol
  • B : Acetone
  • C : Acetonitrile
  • D : Dichloromethane
  • E : Carbon disulphide
  • F : Toluene
  • G : Diethylamine
  • H : Tetrahydrofuran
  • I : Ethyl acetate
  • J : n-Heptane
  • K : Sodium hydroxide 40%
  • L : Sulphuric acid 96%
  • M  : Nitric acid 65%
  • N : Acetic acid 99%
  • O : Ammonium hydroxide  25%
  • P : Hydrogen peroxide 30%
  • S : Hydrofluoric acid 40%
  • T : Formaldehyde 37%

 

IMPACT CUT

EN 1082

 

HEAT AND FIRE HAZARDS FOR FIRE-FIGHTERS

EN 659

 

RADIOACTIVE CONTAMINATION

EN 421

 

HAND HELD CHAIN SAWS

EN ISO 11393-4

 

MOTORCYCLES RIDERS

EN 13594

 

PESTICIDES RISKS

EN ISO 18889

 

Safety Glove Design

 

safety glove PPE

 

 

CE TYPE-EXAMINATION

 

Examination CE certification

 
 
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