Almost all protective wear that is made and designed for workers to work under harsh and difficult conditions have to meet certain criteria from the quality assurance department to pass as fit for wearing. Let’s discuss everything you need to know about Protective wear for workers.
Several manufacturers try to save their cost of production by using cheap raw material and fabrics for fire redundant uniforms which don’t even last a year and workers find it hard to buy a protective kit for them every year.
Only those manufacturers and suppliers have been able to strive in the industry of making these protective wear who not only use premium quality materials but also meet the international standards of quality i.e. ISO 11611 and ISO 11612 certificate.
What does ISO Stand For?
Yes, every manufacturer around the world has to meet these international standards passed by the ISO (International Organization for Standardization), a non-governmental organization, that comprises standards bodies from up to 160 countries with one standard body representing one country each. This worldwide federation works together for standards of technology, testing, processing, working conditions, societal issues and much more.
Achieving an ISO certification is, therefore, a big thing as it means the producer has surpassed all manufacturing processes, documentation and all requirements for standardization and quality assurance. Talking about industries where the workers are required to wear protective garments, the fabrics used in the protective clothing must meet qualify for the ISO 11611 and ISO 11612 certificate.
ISO 11611 Certification for Protective Wear
Now when it comes to fire redundant and protective wear for workers, the manufacturers have to qualify for the ISO 11611 certification to be recognized as a quality producer and manufacturer around the world.
This certification means that the producers have acquired all safety requirements and cleared all test methods for protective clothing such as hoods, aprons, sleeves, gloves, and boots. This certification is specifically for the protection of those workers who are working in welding and related industries with the daily risk of a molten metal splash, flames, heat, electric arc, and other hazardous risks related to these processes.
So to be protected from all these life-risking accidents, the protective kits must meet the EN ISO 11611 which keep the body and feet safe from all of these hazards and contaminants but does not cover the requirements for feet, hands, face or eyes, as other sets of ISO certifications are required for that.
Some More Details on ISO 11611
It’s important to look after workers in an industry who have to work in a difficult and rather risky working environment. Thus their protection becomes necessary and the topmost priority.
To do so, all those producers who make and design these protective clothing and get the approval and certification of the ISO 11611, ensure that no harmful or dangerous chemicals are being used in the fabric, and rather opt for organic raw materials in manufacturing the fabric so that it’s eco-friendly and causes no harm to the environment as well.
Not only this, all such fabrics that are produced for protective wearing must also go through standards of socially acceptable working conditions which covers all the relevant aspects, such as Social Responsibility, Health & Safety of the workers, Chemical Management, Environmental Protection, Quality Management and Environment Management.
Talking about the EN ISO 11611, this set of the standard is applicable for industries such as gas, electricity & utility, chemical, oil, shipbuilding, welding, catenaries, automotive and industrial laundries. Hence all the workers who wear their uniforms in these working areas, the fabric must meet these standards.
ISO 11612 for Heat and Flame Protection
This set of standards is specifically for those fabrics used for protection from working conditions involving high degrees of heat, flames, and sparks. The fabric undergoes numerous ab tests and processes to qualify as fire redundant fabric that will not only protect the worker from heat and flames but also ensure that it’s skin-friendly, is breathable, and durable.
Therefore, the ISO 11612 certificate also looks after factors such as resistance, durability, shrinkage and usefulness.
The ISO has listed several hazards and categorized them according to three performance levels as per below:
- Level 1 indicates minimum or low-risk exposure
- Level 2 indicates medium risk exposure
- Level 3 indicates a high level of risk exposure
The Need for PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)
The term PPE came quite common in the year 2020 after the COVID-19 outbreak, however, this term is officially being used by protective fabrics producers for quite some time. The PPE is a protective gear or clothing set that covers the worker from head to toe, which includes hats, gloves, goggles, hood, apron, and boots and other relevant gears.
Talking about the EN ISO 116112, it is applied widely in a lot of industries such as gas, oil, welding, electricity & utility, shipbuilding, industrial laundries, automotive, iron, glass, zinc and aluminum foundry. The workers in all such industries have the risk of being exposed to high-grade flames and heat. Thus the uniform that they are given to wear must be having the ISO 11612 certificate qualification.