EN ISO 11611 – PROTECTIVE CLOTHING FOR IS IN WELDING AND ALLIED PROCESSES
What is EN11611?
EN11611 is a minimum safety requirement designed to protect the wearer from droplets of molten metal, short contact with flame, and/or radiant heat from arc. The clothing should also minimize the possibility of electrical shock up to 100V DC voltage.
EN ISO 11611 has 2 classes of Protection:
You would wear Class 1 protective clothing in Less hazardous welding techniques and situations (Lower levels of molten spatter and radiant heat - Commonly used in gas welding, TIG, MIG, micro plasma welding, brazing, spot welding and MMA welding).
You would wear Class 2 protective clothing in More hazardous welding techniques and situations (Higher levels of molten spatter and radiant heat – Commonly used in MMA welding (with basic or cellulose covered electrode), MAG welding (with CO2 or mix gas), MIG welding (with high current)).
(*For overall protection against the risks to which welders are likely to be exposed to - personal protective equipment (PPE) covered by other standards should additionally be worn to protect the head, face, hands and feet.)
What would I use to protect myself?
Depending on the situation, you should make sure that your body is covered by using some of the following protective clothing: hoods, aprons, sleeves, and gaiters (for your feet).
The minimum requirement is to use an overall, two-piece jacket and trousers, or jacket and bib and brace (obviously, they must be to the correct standard).
(*Please note EN ISO 11611 does not cover requirements for hand protection.)
EN ISO 11611
This International standard specifies minimum basic safety requirements and test methods for protective clothing for use in welding and allied processes (excluding hand protection).
The international standard specifies two classes with specific performance requirements.
Class 1 is protection against less hazardous welding techniques and situations, causing lower levels of spatter and radiant heat.
Class 2 is protection against more hazardous welding techniques and situations, causing higher levels of spatter and radiant heat.
EN ISO 11611:2007
Requirements of leather
Limited Flame Spread (A1 + A2)
Heat Transfer (radiation)