Protection against chemicals in compliance with EN 13034 type 6: safety or just appearance of safety?
Clothing that provides effective protection against chemicals is an important requirement in many industrial applications. Not only is this protection necessary in the chemical and petrochemical industries, but also in the energy sector, for instance.
There are countless different types of chemicals in various concentrations and three forms: gas, powder and liquid. And that is precisely the reason for the different types of chemical clothing. Each one has its own standards and requirements:
Classification of chemical clothing:
- Type 1 Gas-tight chemical protective clothing
- Type 2 Non gas-tight chemical protective clothing
- Type 3 Liquid proof chemical protective clothing
- Type 4 Spray proof chemical protective clothing
- Type 5 Chemical protective clothing resistant to solid particulates
- Type 6 Partially splash proof chemical protective clothing
In addition to the use of the various sealed chemical suits, many pieces of clothing are equipped with a FluorCarbon finish and thus comply with the norm EN 13034, type 6: 2005 + A1: 2009. Although the norm clearly states what degree of protection these garments should provide, there is quite a lot of confusion on this. We would like to provide you with greater clarity on the European norm, the degree of protection expected and the material solutions.