The PPE has been designed using the essential safety and health prescribed by Directive UE 2016/425 transposed by Legislative Decree no. 475/92, as amended, and in such a way as to be in compliance with UNI EN ISO 13688:2013 on the general requirements for protective clothing.
The PPE is designed so that, in the foreseeable conditions of use, can provide adequate protection to the user and can be classified according to Directive UE 2016/425 in the second category and according to the standard of your products, the resulting performance the evidence to which the prototypes were subjected.
Such benefits are indicated by the pictogram and its indexes to it side by side, determinants on the basis of instructions given in product standards to which the PPE is compliant.
- risk of entanglement in moving parts;
- risk of chemical attack (acids, solvents, etc);
- risk of physical injury (cutting, drilling, etc);
- thermal hazards;
- risks of crossing and flame extinction;
- risks of poor visibility;
- any risk that the device has not been certified.
The label (that measures 5,5 x 10,8 cm) bearing the CE marking can be fixed inside the garment. The characters and pictograms are red on black and resistant to the washing cycles indicated.
The font sizes are larger than 2 mm and the dimensions of the written EC are greater than 5 mm. The specific size of the garment will be placed on a separate label.
This standard specifies the requirements on materials and seams of protective clothing by factors such as rain, snow, fog, and soil moisture. The garments are designed and constructed using waterproof and breathable fabrics paying particular attention to sealing all seams to ensure a high level of comfort.
x = class refers to the impermeability of the garment (class 1 to 3)
y = class refers to the breathability of the garment (class 1 to 3)
Protection against rain UNI EN 343: performance levels
|Resistance to water penetration (Wp)||1||Wp ≥ 8.000 Pa (as is)|
Wp ≥ 8.000 Pa (at the seams as is)
|2||Wp ≥ 8.000 Pa (after pre-treatment)|
Wp ≥ 8.000 Pa (at the seams as is)
|3||Wp ≥ 13.000 Pa (after pre-treatment)|
Wp ≥ 13.000 Pa (at the seams as is)
|Water vapour resistance (Ret)||1||Ret > 40 m2 Pa/W|
|2||20 m2 Pa/W < Ret ≤ 40 m2 Pa/W|
|3||Ret ≤ 20 m2 Pa/W|
EN ISO 20471: this standard specifies the requirements for high visibility clothing so that all people who work in low-light conditions, both during the day and during the night, are always visible.
The fluorescent fabric ensures great visibility in daylight, while the reflective strips provide high visibility at night.
The clothing is divided into 3 classes, where class 3 is the most luminescent.
Putting together two garments of class 2 (eg. Trousers + jacket) is equivalent to class 3.
x = classification of area covered of the retro-reflective background material (see table 1, class 1 to 3)
y = classification of retro-reflective material (class 1 to 2)
High-visibility warning clothing for professional use EN ISO 20471 requirements and test methods
|Minimum areas of visible material||Clothing|
In order to safeguard the health of consumers, the European Parliament has issued the “REACH” Regulation (an acronym for “Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of CHemicals”), which has the following objectives:
- to improve knowledge of hazards and risks from chemicals in order to ensure a high level of protection of human health and the environment;
- to promote the development of alternative methods to those requiring the use of vertebrate animals for the evaluation of the hazards of substances;- mantenere e rafforzare la competitività e le capacità innovative dell’industria chimica dell’UE.
- to maintain and to reinforce the competitiveness and innovative capacities of the EU chemical industry.
UPOWER guarantees compliance with the REACH Regulations for all garments in the collection; they do not contain prohibited or limited substances and to guarantee this, rigorous controls are carried out on all the materials used during production.
OEKO-TEX® is a voluntary certification of product through which the certified company commits itself to keep in time the safeness of its own products.
The OEKO-TEX® 100 mark guarantees that the textiles (or accessories of the textiles, metallic ones included) do not contain or release harmful substances for the consumer (pesticides, heavy metals, formaldehyde, aromatic amines, allergy-inducing dyestuffs and so on).
The garments certified by OEKO-TEX® comply with the requirements demanded by the standard EN ISO 13688:2013 and they abide by the requirements of the attachment XVII of REACH (regulation 552:2009) having the textile product as area of pertinence.
EN 21420 General requirements and test methods - Protective gloves
- Comfort and efficiency: dexterity, dimensions, sizes and minimum lengths.
- Marking and packaging of gloves (CE, pictograms, size, serial number, brand name or manufacturer).
- Information and instructions for use.
- Requirements for safety gloves (pH and chromium VI content in leather gloves).
- Risk categories of gloves (I-lower risk, II-intermediate risk, III-complex risks).
- Definition of "only minor risks".
machining surface only, manipulation diluted detergent solutions with low action, handling of small components slightly hot (max 50°C), outdoor activity winter with average temperatures (max 0°C).
Protection from physical and mechanical hazards caused by abrasion, sharp objects, tear and perforation.
|LEVELS OF PERFORMANCE||1||2||3||4||5|
|A||Abrasion resistance (numbers of cycles)||100||500||2000||8000||-|
|B||Blade cut resistance (factor)||1,2||2,5||5,0||10,0||20,0|
|C||Tear resistance (Newton)||10||25||50||75||-|
|D||Resistance to perforation (Newton)||20||60||100||150||-|
Note: In case of entanglement would be appropriate that the tear resistance of the glove was as low as possible so as to free the operator easily. "0"= the glove did not pass the test / "X" = the glove has not been proven.
|LEVELS OF PERFORMANCE||A||B||C||D||E||F|
|E||ISO 13997 Shear strength (Newtons)||2||5||10||15||22||30|
|F||Impact protection||Passed (P) or not passed (unmarked)|
“Gloves that have not been tested with the blade cut test (B) will have a letter “X” indicating that they have not been tested and only the result of the ISO 13997 cut test (E) will be displayed as shown in the glove markings.”
Gloves with a fire behaviour level 1 or 2 must not be exposed to or come into contact with open flames. The numbers indicated under the pictogram (1 to 4) correspond to the levels of protection offered: fire behaviour, contact heat, convective heat, radiant heat, small splashes of molten metal, large projections of molten metal. The letter X indicates that the glove is not intended for that use (see Table B).
|Burning behaviour||After flame time|
|After glow time|
|No requirement||≤ 120||≤ 25||5|
|Contact heat||Contact temperature Tc|
|Threshold time tt|
|≥ 15||≥ 15||≥ 15||≥ 15|
|Convective heat||Heat transfer index HTI|
|≥ 4||≥ 7||≥ 10||≥ 18|
|Radiant heat||Heat transfer t24|
|≥ 7||≥ 20||≥ 50||≥ 95|
|Small splashes of molten metal||Number of droplets||≥ 10||≥ 15||≥ 25||≥ 35|
|Large quantities of molten metal||Molten iron|
X: Thermal insulation value on moving man
Y: Thermal insulation value on stationary man (optional) *
z: air permeability class (class 1 to 3)
w: waterproof class of the article (optional) *
(class 1 to 2)
* If the garment has not been submitted to one of the optional tests, the corresponding marking will be indicated with X.
This standard specifies the requirements for full suit and outfits composed of two pieces that protect from cold environments, characterized by the combination of humidity and wind at an air temperature below -5°C.
The specific padding and the special technical features allow the garment to transpire and at the same time keep the user warm.
The standard specifies requirements and tests methods for the performance of each individual item of clothing for the protection of the body from cooling in cold environments. This standard does not involve specific requirements for headpieces, shoes, or gloves for local protection from cooling. This standard establishes the requirements for the individual protection clothing to be used at temperatures of -5°C and above.
Thermal resistance class (3 levels)
|0,06 ≤ Rct < 0,12||1|
|0,12 ≤ Rct < 0,18||2|
|0,18 ≤ Rct < 0,25||3|
This standard applies to any gloves to protect the hands against convective and contact cold. Protection against cold is expressed by a pictogram followed by a series of 3 performance levels, relating to specific protective qualities.
|A||Convective cold. Based on the thermal insulation properties of the glove which are obtained by measuring the transfer of cold via convection.||0 - 4|
(4 = where 4 is best)
|B||Contact cold. Based on the thermal resistance of the glove material when exposed to contact with a cold object.||0 - 4|
(4 = where 4 is best)
|C||Capability of resisting water (5 min.). 0 = water penetration after 5 minutes of exposure 1 = no water penetration.||0 - 1*|