European standards (EN standards)

All about european standards for PPE

Knowledge on European Norms (EN)

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Following this guide you will be able to better identify EU standards while having a quick reference tool.

As you will discover, we have built many product categories up on our website so that it corresponds very well with the EU Norms and their mutual area.

General information about EU Standards

European standards

- also called EU norms or EN standards

The technical specifications in accordance with PPE products (Personal Protective Equipment) performance specified in European standards, also called EU standards, EN standards or European standards. They are an important issue for business dealing with products for consumers. Although EU standards are fairly unknown to the public and the media, as well as most consumers, it is important to know why they exist and what they do well too. What you get here in rapid succession.

Choosing a product that is certified by a European Norm (depending on the standard) can give you the assurance that the product meets the technical specifications specified in the standard, environmental protection and consumer protection.

NOTE: EU Norms does NOT tell something about choosing the correct product or how it is used.

An EU Norm described with EN (European Norm = European Norm) first and then a number of the standard followed by the year of publication.

  • Example: EN149: 2001

The above example indicates that this version of the standard dates from 2001. The year is sometimes to emphasize the edition, there is so, for instance. can see that it is the latest standard being referred to.

EU Norm overview

EU Norms extends from being applicable to oil products, industrial computers, apparel, manufacturing and more, and is divided into the following classes:

  1. EN 1–999

  2. EN 1000–1899

  3. EN 1990–1999 (Eurocodes)

  4. EN 10000–10999

  5. EN 11000–49999

  6. EN 50000–59999

  7. EN 60000-69999

None of the 7 above classes apply only to protective equipment. EU standards for PPE spreads says the 7 different categories, so they have different number entries. So one should not expect to see EU standards follow a numerical order in which you will see below.

EU Norms and protective equipment

Protective (also called personal protective equipment) you divide into 6 groups with their associated EU standards as shown in the tables.

Protective Clothing

This category includes EU Norms related requirements and performance of protective clothing, which colloquially mostly has to do with workwear and corporate clothing.

As can be seen from the list of EU norms is far reaching, from the workwear for welding, for protection against chemicals and standards for proper workwear for rain.


  • EN 1149-1

  • EN 1149-2

  • EN 1149-3

  • EN 1149-5

  • EN 11611 clothing for use in welding and allied processes

  • EN 11612 Clothing for protection against heat and flame

  • EN 12127 Protective clothing against heat and flame

  • EN 13034 Protective clothing against liquid chemicals

  • EN 13982 Protective clothing for use against solid particles

  • EN 13994 Protective clothing against liquid chemicals

  • EN 13997 Protective clothing. mechanical properties

  • EN 14058 Clothing for protection against cold environment

  • EN 14116 Protection against heat and flame

  • EN 14126 protective clothing against infectious agents

  • EN 14325 Protective clothing against chemicals

  • EN 14360 Protective clothing against rain

  • EN 14605 Protective clothing against liquid chemicals

  • EN 14786 Protective clothing against liquid chemicals (spraying)

  • EN 14877 Protective clothing for sand-blasting work

  • EN 15025 Protection against heat and flame

  • EN 16602 Protective clothing for protection against chemicals

  • EN 17491 Protective clothing for protection against chemicals (testing)

  • EN 17492 Protective clothing against heat and fire (heat transfer)

  • EN 17493

  • EN 27065

  • EN 340

  • EN 342

  • EN 343

  • EN 348

  • EN 367

  • EN 381

  • EN 464

  • EN 471

  • EN 61482

  • EN 6529

  • EN 6530

  • EN 6942

  • EN 9185

  • EN 9433

Head protection

Head protection includes everything that has to do with protection of the head, including the face. It includes standards describing the requirements earmuffs, earplugs, helmets, bump caps, hairnets, caps, goggles, etc. To meet.
  • EN 13087

  • EN 13819

  • EN 14052

  • EN 166

  • EN 167

  • EN 168

  • EN 169

  • EN 170

  • EN 171

  • EN 1731

  • EN 175

  • EN 207

  • EN 352

  • EN 379

  • EN 397

  • EN 812

Respiratory protection

EU Norms for respirators are fairly easy to navigate, as there is a good correlation between the EU The standards and the products available on the market.
  • EN 1146 for escape

  • EN 12021 Compressed air

  • EN 12083 Filters with air hose

  • EN 12941 Respiratory protection with turbo unit (turbo)

  • EN 12942 Respiratory protection with turbo unit (turbo)

  • EN 133 Classification

  • EN 136 Full Face Masks

  • EN 138 Self suction Masks

  • EN 140 Half masks and quarter masks

  • EN 143 Particulate filter (dust filter)

  • EN 14387 Gas filters and combined filters

  • EN 14594 Compressed air supplied respirators

  • EN 148 Thread for face masks

  • EN 149 Filtering face masks (dust filter)

  • EN 1827 Half masks without Breathing valves

  • EN 269 Hood with hose to blow in fresh air.

  • EN 403 Respiratory protection for evacuation and escape

  • EN 404 Respiratory protection for evacuation and escape

  • EN 405 Filtering face masks

Protection of hands and arms

Protection of hands and arms is everything that has to do with gloves (also known as hand protection) and cover sleeves, sleeve protectors and so on. Is there a glove to be used to professionally use it with great guarantee that it meets a particular EU Norm under the work glove has been designed.

A perhaps overlooked area, but quite important when it comes to chemical gloves is the understanding of finding the right glove for exactly what chemicals you work with, and therefore it is not enough just to watch it meets a European Norm (EN 374) to also check the data sheet for the glove and examine whether it is at all suitable for it or the chemicals faced with.

  • EN 10819

  • EN 12477 Protective gloves for welding

  • EN 374 Protective gloves against chemicals and microorganisms

  • EN 388 gloves against mechanical risks

  • EN 407 Protective gloves against thermal risks (heat and / or fire)

  • EN 420 General requirements and test methods

  • EN 421 Protective gloves against ionizing radiation and radioactive contamination

  • EN 511 Protective gloves against cold

  • EN 60903 Gloves of insulating materials

Protection of legs and feet

Protection of legs and feet includes knee pads and shoes (also called foot protection).

There are some standards here, but it is worth noting that when it comes to footwear, there are really only 3 norms you should know and understand: EN 20345, EN 20346 og EN 20347.

  • EN 12568

  • EN 13287

  • EN 13832

  • EN 14404

  • EN 20344

  • EN 20345

  • EN 20346

  • EN 20347

  • EN 20349

  • EN 50321

Protection against falling and slipping

Protection against falling and sliding covers for the most part it can collectively call fall protection. So make sure (or even better prevent) a person from falling. There are several standards here which seems to address the same, but you noticing i 'that there are different ways to secure and prevent people from falling.

To learn more about fall protection, we recommend that you check our Fall Protection Guide. In this you also get a better explanation of what elements (fall protection elements), subsystems and approvals are part of a complete fall arrest system.

  • EN 1496

  • EN 1497

  • EN 1868

  • EN 1891

  • EN 353

  • EN 354

  • EN 355

  • EN 361

  • EN 364

  • EN 795

  • EN 360

  • EN 363

  • EN 362

  • EN 1498

  • EN 813

  • EN 358

  • EN 368

  • EN 3411

EU Standards for Gas detectors

For mobile single gas detectors applies :

EN 60079:2006 and EN 60079:2007

For multi-gas detectors applies:

EN 61010-1:2001

Generally, for all three standards apply:

  1. Classification of hazardous gas areas

  2. Electrical installations in hazardous gas areas

  3. Inspection and maintenance of installations in hazardous gas areas

It is recommended to read our ATEX Directive guide.

CE Marking

CE marking, to put it simply, a product movement across borders between countries in the European Union internal market.

This simplifies market surveillance, and also tells users, security officers buyers and counselors that the product meets the essential requirements regarding safety and health of the product. It is of importance to safety at work, public health and consumer protection. CE marking for PPE is compulsory since 1 July 1995.

The legal basis for the requirements for CE marking of Personal protection laid down in "Directive 89/686 / EEC on the approximation of laws relating to personal protective equipment".

The Directive has been implemented in each country's national legislation.

CE and Protective gear

 Does the CE mark tell about performance of the PPE?

The technical requirements of PPE performance is specified by European standards, which are so-called harmonized standards or technical description if a harmonized standard does not exist. All important information on the individual performance, comfort and use limitations to be found in the accompanying user manual or on the packaging


Certification procedures

What certification procedures are for the different types of personal protective equipment?

Directive 89/686 / EEC divides all Personal protective equipment in three different categories based on the risk in the work situations in which they are used. The greater the risk the PPE needs to protect against, the more stringent requirements for the certification procedure.


Category I

Some risks can be called minimal. This is where you as a user can easily assess the level of protection that is needed, or where you yourself can safely evaluate the risk in good time before it occurs. Some examples of personal protection in this category are:

  • gardening gloves

  • sunglasses

  • clothing and footwear to protect against bad weather

Certification Procedure:

The manufacturer must prepare a technical documentation upon request may be submitted to the competent authorities = self certification. CE marking of category I products is as follows: CE


Category II

Personal protective equipment belonging to this category are:

  • Head protection

  • Facial and eye protection

  • Clothing, shoes and gloves to protect against common risks

  • All hearing protection

Certification Procedure:

The manufacturer must deliver product to an authorized test house for an EU type-approval. Also for category II products the marking is as follows: CE


Category III

All Personal Protection Category III is designed to protect against serious or fatal risks can permanently damage the patient's health, or risks that can not be detected well in advance of their occurrence

  • All respirators

  • Fall protection equipment

  • Personal protective equipment to protect against extreme heat (> 100 ° C)

  • Personal protective equipment for protection against extreme cold (<-50 ° C)

  • Personal protective equipment to protect against electrical hazards

  • Personal protective equipment for protection against chemicals and ionizing radiation

Certification Procedure:

On top of the EU type-approval, the manufacturer shall establish a quality control system for the finished product, or any other system that ensures a uniform product quality through regular checks (under the supervision of a notified body).

The marking for category III products is distinct from that of the other two categories

  • CE 0086 (0086 is an example of an identification number of the notified body that monitors the production control)


Documentation of CE Labelling

There are 3 documents that can be requested to complete the documentation of the Personal Protection:

  • EU type-approval certificate

  • Declaration of conformity

  • Quality Certificate