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European CE certification standard EN 469 puts forward new requirements for firefighter protective clothing

The new requirements for the performance of firefighters' protective clothing in EN469. The new document content covers the protective clothing of firefighters. The previous version of CE certification EN 469:2005 has been updated, and it has become the latest version. This version of the standard is subject to EU Support from various places has also been adopted by many parts of the world.

CE certificationEN469 plans for the risks and dangers that may occur during the emergency service for users and develops control and protection measures to protect workers. The revised standard mainly solves some new physiological and health problems: firefighters are often exposed to extreme temperature, heat and humidity conditions. With this in mind, it is important to ensure that a high level of comfort is ensured. Therefore, this standard is based on EN ISO 13506&"Human Body Model Test GG", which attempts to replicate actual conditions and proposes a series of test methods for these aspects contained in EN 469.

EN 469:2020 is developed by CEN/TC 162/WG 2-Heat and fire resistance of protective clothing.

What are the new requirements for protective clothing for firefighters? For example, seam and fabric tear strength tests, now need to be tested after five washing and drying cycles instead of before to check the performance of clothes. Check whether the sewing thread can withstand the heat of 260 degrees Celsius without melting, and ensure that it takes more than 10 seconds for the internal temperature to rise when the clothes are in contact with the surface of 250 degrees Celsius. This test is added. In terms of resistance test to liquefaction chemical permeability, some subjective tests have been deleted and some test procedures have been simplified. A new lockable zipper prevents accidental opening and exposure to pollutants, and a wider pocket cover prevents pollutants and burning debris from entering. Now, this also limits the depth of anti-wicking material added to the sleeves and hem of the garment.