INTERPRETATION OF INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE AND GARMENT LABELS The six Types of protection within Category III chemical protective clothing are intended to facilitate garment selection as a function of nature of the hazard exposure. Certifi cation to a particular protection type represents the tightness of the suit against a particular form of exposure (gas, liquid or dust). However it does not mean that the suit is 100% impervious to a given type of exposure. The whole suit Type- tests merely defi ne a maximum allowable amount of a challenge test liquid, aerosol or particulates to ingress into the garment.

For example, for the Type 5, 80% inward leakage average results must be lower than 15% of inward leakage. Allocation to a specifi c protection type is therefore not a sign that all protection suits of this type have the same barrier properties. Rather, protection offered by Type 5 suits can differ greatly in terms of the actual particulate barrier they provide, depending on the suit fabric, seam construction, design and whether the testing has been conducted with additional barriers, such as taping around the cuffs, ankles and hood/mask.


All CE-certifi ed protective clothing has a marking (e.g. product label) and is supplied with a sheet of information by the manufacturer (i.e. Instructions for Use). The content of these two items is checked and released by the notifi ed body that issued the CE marking for the product, and therefore these are

offi cial documents. The manufacturer is under obligation to have a Quality Control in place to ensure a regular monitoring of the fabric and garment performance vs the basic health and safety requirements of the Directive.


Protective clothing for chemicals shall be marked with at least the following information. The marking must be clearly visible and durable for the life of the clothing (please see an exemplary label).

1. the name, trademark or other means of identifi cation of the manufacturer;

2. the Type classifi cation, i.e. Type 6 for chemical splash-protective garments;

3. the number and date of publication of European Standard for the type;

4. the date of manufacture;

5. the manufacturer s type, identifi cation or model number;

6. the size range (as defi ned in EN 340);

7. a pictogram showing the clothing is for protection against various hazards (here protection against infective agents);

8. a pictogram inviting to read instructions for use and any other information supplied by the manufacturer;

9. re-usable PPE to be marked with care pictograms according to ISO 3758. Limited life PPE is marked with the warning phrase Do not re-use (please see also EN 340).




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