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Flame Retardant Work Wear

  admin   Sep 18, 2015   Flame Retardant Clothing   0 Comment

Flame Retardant Work Wear

Although many people do not need to purchase flame retardant work wear for their general office job, there are actually a number of industries that do require flame resistant clothing for their employees, for example, welding and fabrication, highway agency workers and road maintenance workers, as well as council workers and those who work with incinerating or boiling equipment.

Essential Safety Wear offer high-quality flame retardant work wear that is suitable for workers who are at higher risk of burning in their day-to-day work, for example, employees working in industrial and manufacturing environments, as well as those environments around fire or welding.

The flame retardant clothing from Essential Safety Wear is made from chemically enhanced cottons and flame retarding fabrics. Our clothing is designed to last and meets all the necessary health and safety requirements.

Two Technical Terms Associated With Flame Retardant Work Wear

EN 11612 A1,B1,C1

Some of the flame retardant clothing from Essential Safety Wear is labelled EN 11612 A1 ,B1, C1.

According to ODIN on 1st July 2015, the EN 11612 standard increases the safety of persons risking contact with heat or flame and is a replaced version of the EN 531. It specifies the minimum performance requirement for protective clothing for conditions where the user can be exposed to radiant or convective heat or molten metal splashes.

Protective garments that comply with this standard meet the requirements of heat resistance and limited flame spread and are coded with the code letter A1 and/or A2. Apparently, in order to pass EN 11612 requirements the clothing must pass tests in accordance with ISO 15025:2000 and also protect against at least one of the heat transmission performance code letters. This is marked with a code letter B, C, D, E or F. The heat may be in form of convective heat (code letter B, level 1 to 3) and radiant heat (code letter C, level 1 to 4).

For more information on marking the performance of PPE, have a look at the ODIN website:


The EN1149- 5 standard, according to Skanwear, is the European standard for protective clothing with antistatic characteristics.

EN1149-5 standard clothing protects against any sudden discharges of electrostatic energy. As a result, EN1149-5 clothing should be worn whenever there is a risk of static sparks igniting inflammable substances, like gas and oil.

To read more about the EN1149-5 standard, have a look at the Skanwear website:

For more information on Flame Retardant work wear, contact Essential Safety Wear on 01462 675200.

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