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Fire retardant EN standards and materials

Fire retardant EN standards and materials

EN 469 - PROTECTIVE CLOTHING FOR FIREFIGHTERS

Requirements and test methods for:

Flame resistance. Radiation heat. Waterproofness. Breathability.

EN 1149-1 - PROTECTIVE CLOTHING - ELECTROSTATIC PROPERTIES

Requirements and test methods for:

Surface resistivity from electrostatic discharge.

EN ISO 11611 - PROTECTIVE CLOTHING FOR USE IN WELDING AND APPLIED PROCESSES

Requirements and test methods for:

Does not to cover clothing worn for special welding jobs.

EN ISO 11612 - PROTECTIVE CLOTHING FOR INDUSTRIAL WORKERS EXPOSED TO HEAT:
EXCLUDING FIREFIGHTERS AND WELDING CLOTHING

Requirements and test methods for:

A - Limited flame spread, and at least one of:
B# - Convective heat resistance (# = 1 to 5)
C# - Radiant heat resistance (# = 1 to 4)
D# - Molten aluminium splash (# = 1 to 3)
E# - Molten iron splash (# = 1 to 3).

In all cases, higher number denotes better performance.
If no number is given, no protection is claimed.

Example Marking

EN ISO 14116 - PROTECTION AGAINST HEAT AND FLAME

Requirements and test methods for:

Limited flame spread materials or material assemblies from which
garments with limited flame spread properties are made.

Such information may appear in the manufacture's literature.
Markings in the form: EN533 flame spread index/durability.
Flame spread index - 1, 2 or 3 - Limited flame spread index (3 is best).

If index 1 materials are present:
Use only over EN533 Index 2 or 3 material and
DO NOT use next to skin.

What is Protex/Protal

  • Protex/Protal is a high performance flame retardant (FR) modified acrylic fibre.
  • Protex/Protal is cotton-like in its appearance and feel. it is inherantly fire retardant which means its
    FR is permanent - further treatments or re-treatments are not required.

Multi-Function protection

  • Blends of Protex/Protal fabrics can meet stringent heat and flame protection standards.
    EN531 A, B1, C1, E1.
  • Works with other fibres and/or fabric treatments: anti static (EN1149), chemical resistance
    (EN368), anti-bacterial, thermal power, etc.
  • Pigment printable.
  • High Visibility EN471.
  • Breathable membrane.

Easy to care for

  • FR properly built in: does not wash out.
  • Domestic or industrial laundry: can withstand severe laundry conditions without loss of
    shape, colour or mechanical properties.
  • Dry cleanable and easy-iron.

Good for wearer

  • Permanent protection
  • No additional treatment required
  • Comfortable to wear
  • Easy to home launder
  • Stays looking good
  • Peace of mind

Alternative - treatments

  • PROBAN
  • PYROVATEX
  • Both of the above are treatments that are generally added to the fabric after its manufacture,
    usually used on cotton and cotton blend fabrics.
  • The FR abilities of the fabric created can have very good FR properties; though it is perceived
    and actual permanency is always under question.
  • ZIRPO
  • Used on wool and wool blends, classed as a "permanent treatment" as it physically bonds at
    a "molecular" level with the wool.
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