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European Union Directives 89/686/EEC and 89/656/EEC

These two mandatory Directives regulate personal protective clothing (PPC) and personal protective equipment (PPE) which must be transposed into national law by all European Union member countries.

European Union Directive 89/686/EEC

This Directive applies to PPC/PPE (including clothing affording protection against the weather) which is intended to be worn or held by a worker at work and which protects that worker against one or more risks to their health or safety. PPC/PPE includes items such as safety helmets, gloves, eye protection, high visibility clothing, safety footwear and safety harnesses. The Directive is commonly referred to as the 'Product Directive' as it applies to the manufacturing of personal protective clothing and equipment.

Directive 89/686/EEC on personal protective clothing and equipment is EU law. Standards are not legislated, but provide technical translation of the essential requirements of the Directive. The Directive belongs to a family of Directives under Article 114 of the Treaty on the functioning of the European Union (EU). The EU initiated Directive 89/686/EEC in order to ensure equally safe products throughout the EU. It is a must for PPC/PPE, the products having the unique feature to provide for protection against specific hazards, to meet this challenge; to ensure the user's health and safety in specific circumstances. Manufacturers inform about the type of hazards against which their products protect.

European Union Directive 89/656/EEC

This Directive is commonly referred to as the 'User Directive', as it applies to end users of protective clothing. The Directive sets the obligations and regulates the measures that need to be taken by employers and employees to maintain and improve the health and safety of workers in every aspect related to their work. The Directive regulates about risk assessment, the need for preventative measures, training and information and stipulates that personal protective clothing and equipment has to be provided free of charge by the employer.

Similar to Directive 89/686/EEC, Directive 89/656/EEC on personal protective clothing and equipment is EU law. The Directive considers the improvement of workers' safety, hygiene and health at work to be an objective which shall not be subordinated to purely economic conditions. 

European Community Market Requirements

CE Logo

Before any item of PPC can be placed on the European Community market, it must meet the requirements of Directive 89/686/EEC including the CE marking. The marking currently consists of the letters 'CE' which must be affixed to the product and its packaging in a visible and indelible form. Put simply, the CE marking is a 'licence to sell', allowing the free movement within the market of the European Union. In order to use the CE marking on a product the manufacturer must draw up a Declaration of Conformity (DoC) in which the manufacturer, or a Notified Body, attest conformity with all essential requirements of the Directive. 

Applicable Directive and EN ISO Standards

Projob Work Wear has been tested compliant in accordance with European Union Directive 89/686/EEC and the following EN ISO standards.

FR Hi Vis Jacket and Trouser

FR Undergarments

FR Sock

EN 11612

EN ISO 11612 A1, B1 and C1 Certified (EN 531) - Protective Clothing to Protect Against Heat and Flame

This standard specifies the performance requirements for garments made from flexible materials, which are designed to protect the wearer's body, except the hands, from heat and/or flame. For protection of the wearer's head and feet, the only items of protective clothing falling within the scope of this International Standard are gaiters, hoods and over-boots. However, concerning hoods, requirements for visors and respiratory equipment are not given. The performance requirements set out in EN ISO 11612:2008 are applicable to garments which could be worn for a wide range of end uses, where there is a need for clothing with limited flame spread properties and where the user can be exposed to convective or radiant heat or contact heat or to molten metal splashes.

Projob Work Wear FR High Visibility Jackets and Trousers must be worn as a full ensemble to achieve the proper level of protection.  

en iso 1149-5:2008





EN ISO 1149-5 - Electrostatic Properties of Protective Clothing

This standard specifies the performance requirements of garments to protect against electrostatic charges in environments where there is risk of explosion, such as, refineries. The garments are tested in accordance with EN 1149-1 or EN 1149-3. The garments are EN 1149-5 certified.

This standard requires better safety against formation of sparks and therefore there are specific design requirements:

Projob Work Wear FR High Visibility Jackets and Trousers must be worn as a full ensemble to achieve the proper level of protection.   

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EN ISO 13034 Type PB [6] (PB: Partial Body Protection) - Protective Clothing Against Liquid Chemicals - Limited Protective Performance

This standard specifies the performance requirements of garments offering limited protective performance against liquid chemicals and covers garments for intended use in cases where there is potential exposure to low volume splashing. Garments should be suitable for use in situations where there is exposure to small quantities of liquid chemicals but not where a complete permeation barrier is required.

The following chemicals have been tested according to EN 14325:

Projob Work Wear FR High Visibility Jackets and Trousers must be worn as a full ensemble to achieve the proper level of protection.  


High Visibility Warning Clothing

Norms: EN ISO 20471/EN ISO 20471/A1

The special demands placed on PPC in Europe are described in EN norms. Products that pass these basic safety requirements are entitled to carry the obligatory CE mark. In order for a product to be approved and marked with the CE mark, it must first be tested and certified by an authorised organisation.

Reflective PPC has to be marked and approved according to the EN 471 norm. The norm describes among other things what colours are permitted, where on the PPC the reflecting material is to be placed and the information which must accompany the clothing. The design of the garments must also follow certain criteria in order to achieve the best possible visibility. The norm has three classes and specifies how much fluorescing cloth and how large the reflective area of the reflective PPC must be.

The EN 471 High Visibility Warning Clothing norm has two different performance classes:

  1. X - the surface of fluorescent and reflective material (3 levels) - the proportion of fluorescent background material and reflective material.

  2. Y - the performance of the reflective material (2 levels) - there are two performance classes for reflective material (the commonly used Class 2 and the very rarely seen lower performing Class 1).

EN ISO 20471 Class 1

This class gives the lowest level of protection. The total fluorescent area must be at least 0.14m2 and the reflective area 0.10m2. Garments in this class may only be used if there is little contact with a limited number of vehicles and/or slow moving vehicular traffic.

EN ISO 20471 Class 2

This class gives much better protection than Class 1, especially in daytime, twilight and fog. The total fluorescent area must be at least 0.50m2 and the reflective area 0.13m2. Class 2 is used in environments such as harbours, railways, building sites, SES, load bearing vehicles and other environments where Class 3 is not required.

EN ISO 20471 Class 3

This class gives the highest level of protection. The total fluorescent area must be at least 0.80m2 and the reflective area 0.20m2. This class applies to environments such as proximity to fast moving vehicular traffic.

Selected test Institutes hold responsibility for testing garments. Projob Workwear AB engages Swerea IVF in Moindal, Sweden. When garments have been tested and approved, the Technical Research Institute of Sweden (SP) issues a certificate that confirms that the garments are approved according to the EN 471 norm.

Projob Work Wear FR High Visibility Jackets and Trousers must be worn as a full ensemble to achieve the proper level of protection.


EN ISO 61482-1-2 - Protective Clothing Against Thermal Hazards of Electric Arc
Norm: Draft IEC 61482-2 - Supersedes CLC/TS 50354:2003 (or ENV 50354)

An electric arc or arc blast as a result of a disruption (for example, a short circuit) in an electric installation, generates a sudden release of intense heat and light causing serious burns, blindness or even death.

The arc rating is most commonly quantified by the Arc Thermal Performance Value (ATPV) determined by the open arc test method IEC 61482-1. This test method is currently being revised to IEC 61482-1-1/CDV.

The ATPV represents the maximum incident thermal energy in units of energy per surface area for example, kJ/m2 or cal/cm², that a fabric can support before the wearer will suffer second-degree burns. The energy break-open threshold (Ebt) is another fabric characteristic. It represents the highest incident energy exposure value on a fabric where the garments do not exhibit break-open. The formation of holes in the fabric caused by break-open would allow heat or flames to pass through. Workers are assumed safe if the arc rating of their clothing (or ATPV value) exceeds the electric arc incident energy as calculated in the worst case scenario of a risk assessment.

The box test is another way to measure the protective performance of clothing against the thermal effects of an electric arc and is defined in the IEC 61482-1-2 test method. In this test, the fabric is exposed to an electric arc confined in a specific box with a specific electrode arrangement.


Box Test

Arc Duration


Class 1  0.5 seconds 4kA
Class 2  0.5 seconds 7kA





A fabric passes the test if:

Test conditions for Class 1 try to simulate typical exposure conditions for a short circuit current of 4 kA protected by devices limiting the duration of the arc to 0.5 seconds in confined space, and of 7 kA respectively for Class 2.

Projob Work Wear FR High Visibility Jackets and Trousers must be worn as a full ensemble to achieve the proper level of protection.






EN ISO 14116 (EN 533) - Protective Clothing Against Limited Flame Spread Materials

This international standard specifies the performance requirements for the limited flame spread properties of materials and protective clothing. The standard is not applicable for fire fighters (EN 469) and welders (EN 470 - EN ISO 11611). The aim is to reduce the possibility of the clothing burning and thereby itself constituting a hazard: the wearer should not receive additional injuries due to the burning of the clothing.

The protective clothing is intended to protect workers against occasional brief contact with small flames. The working circumstances offer no significant heat hazard and there is no presence of another type of heat. When protection against heat hazards is necessary in addition to protection against limited spread flammability, then standards such as EN ISO 11612 (refer above) are more appropriate. All assemblies and materials used in a single layer garment claiming compliance with EN ISO 14116 achieve a limited flame spread index classification of 1, 2 or 3 when tested in accordance with EN ISO 15025. Test method EN ISO 15025 measures the limited spread of flames of vertically oriented textile fabrics when subjected to a small defined flame. A defined flame from a specified burner is applied for 10 seconds to the surface or to the bottom edge. For flame, propane is preferred. The standard describes the burner in detail.

EN ISO 14116 references the following indexes:

  1. Requirements for limited flame spread Index 1 - the flame does not spread, there are no flaming debris, no afterglow or a hole formed.

  2. Requirements for limited flame spread Index 2 - the flame does not spread, there are no flaming debris, no afterglow or hole formation.

  3. Requirements for limited flame spread Index 3 - the flame does not spread, there are no flaming debris, no afterglow, no hole formation, the afterflame times of each individual specimen is less than 2 seconds.

Projob Work Wear FR High Visibility Jackets and Trousers must be worn as a full ensemble to achieve the proper level of protection.