Brubeck Protect garments are vcertified to European Standards
Several garments in the Brubeck Protect product range are certified to European Standards such as EN ISO11612 which offers protection against Flame and Heat Hazards. We give a quick overview of each of the relevant norms to which our garments are certificated.
Antistatic clothing suppresses the static charge, preventing sparks, which in turn can cause fire or explosions. EN 1149-5 is part of a larger system of European Norms that consists of several parts as follows:
- EN1149-1: This part includes test methods for the measurement of a fabrics surface resistance
- EN1149-2: This part includes test methods for the measurement of the electrical resistance through a material (vertical resistance)
- EN1149-3: This part includes test methods for the measurement of charge decay through a fabric
- EN1149-4: This is a complete garment test method but is still under development
- EN1149-5: This part covers the performance requirements for the garment.
About this EN Norm
The pictogram for this EN Norm is a lightning bolt placed above the text EN 1149-5 and specifies requirements for clothing that conducts electricity. When combined with other garments, this complete system forms part of a entirely earthed system which will prevents sparks and therefore an explosion.
- Clothing made to this EN Norm is only accepted in combination with the standard for flame retardant clothing (EN531 – now EN11612). Clothing to this norm is:
- Worn in explosion-hazard environments because if there is a risk of explosion, there is also a risk of fire.
- Should not be worn in oxygen-enriched environments.
- Does not provide any protection against electric shocks/mains voltage.
- These garments are often also used by companies that need to adhere to the ATEX guidelines for explosive environments.
Requirements of this EN Norm
There are various design requirements set out in this EN Norm to which garment manufacturers must adhere to when designing products. The following bullet points are taken from the standards document.
- Garments must meet the requirements specified in EN 340
- Any components in the garment that can carry an electric charge (metal buttons, etc.) must be covered on the outside
- Any non-conductive elements such as reflective strips or logos are permitted, provided they are permanently attached.
- In itself, clothing that complies with EN1149-5 is insufficient. To be entirely compliant, the wearer must also wear shoes that conduct electricity through the soles.
- The outer material must always be in contact with the wearer’s skin. Garment technicians must take this into consideration when designing garments.
ATEX is a guideline.for businesses where there is risk of explosion such as flour producers, chemical works and wood dust producers. There are many requirements covered within the guideline, other than clothing, that companies must comply with including equipment, installation of the equipment, the security of work areas and the protection of employees.
The directive mentions PPE (Personal Protection Equipment), which includes clothing among other things. Garments that are certified according to the EN 1149 standard complie with the requirements of the ATEX directive.