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EN1149 – ELECTROSTATIC CLOTHING REQUIREMENTS

1 Apr 2016

What is EN1149?

 

EN1149 is a requirement that anyone working in a role where there is risk of being endangered by an electric charge (or in a job where explosions can take place) must wear protective clothing(and/or gloves) that prevents harm.

 

Why would EN1149 help me?

EN1149’s requirements for this protective clothing use an “earthed system”, to avoid you getting hurt. Also if the clothing/gloves are classed as ESD (Electrostatic Discharge) they are used to push-away static electricity.

 

When would I need to use this protective clothing?

If you work in a job where you could be at risk by an electric discharge, or in a job where incendiary explosions can take place, you should wear the correct protective clothing.

(*Please note that EN1149 clothing will NOT protect you from the electric current of mains voltages or in a flammable atmosphere.)

SAFETY STANDARDS

PROTECTIVE CLOTHING: ELECTROSTATIC PROPERTIES

EN1149-5:2008

Is the harmonised European standard for protective clothing- protection against the danger caused by static electricity. This standard is not applicable for protection against mains voltages.

•EN1149-1:1996 Test method for surface conducting fabrics.
• EN1149-3:2004 Charge decay test method for all fabrics.
• EN1149-5:2008 Performance requirements.


The fabric/garment is exposed to an electric arc confined in a specific box with a specific electrode arrangement for 0.5 seconds. Class 1 is to a current of 4 kA arc, Class 2 is to a current of 7 kA arc. Test conditions for class 1 & 2 try to stimulate typical exposure conditions for a short circuit current of 4kA and 7kA respectively.

EN1149-5:2008
Is the harmonized European standard for protective clothing- protection against the danger caused by static electricity. This standard is not applicable for protection against mains voltages.

PROTECTIVE CLOTHING: ELECTROSTATIC PROPERTIES
EN1149-1:2006
This European Standard specifies a test method for materials intended to be used in the manufacturing of electrostatic dissipative protective clothing (or gloves) to avoid incendiary discharge. This test method is not applicable for materials to be used in the manufacturing of protection clothing or gloves against mains voltages.


EN1149-5:2008
Protective Clothing - Electrostatic properties - part 5. Material performance and design requirements. This European Standard specifies material and design requirements for electrostatic dissipative protective clothing, used as part of a total earthed system, to avoid incendiary discharges. The requirements may not be sufficient in oxygen enriched flammable atmospheres. This European Standard is not applicable for protection against mains voltage.

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