Protective Clothing

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Protective Clothing

(Overalls, Aprons, etc.)

Protective clothing will cover or replace personal clothing with the definition given in the standards, and include protective clothing designed to protect against one or more hazards.

Protective clothing is designed to protect the wearer against various dangers and risks. For this reason, it is classified as personal protective equipment.

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Table 1: Types of Protective Clothing and Purpose of Use

 

Table 2: Standards to Which Protective Clothing Types Are Subject to​

 
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Protective Clothing Against Pathogenic Organisms

As shown in Table 2, overalls or protective clothing in general are shown in 6 types in terms of suitability for the purpose of use, and appropriate standards are given additional test standards. As can be seen from the table, a classification for protection against pathogenic organisms such as Corona Virus is not given here.

 

Protection against pathogenic organisms is defined as an additional feature for all types of protective clothing given above. Whether or not protective clothing has this feature is determined by the EN 14126 standard. In other words, when a protective clothing of the above type meets the requirements of the EN 14126 standard, it will provide protection against pathogenic organisms in various ways (liquid, solid, vapor, contact, etc. risks). As a result of this type of certification, it is stated that the product provides protection against biological risks by adding "-B" next to the type information in the form of Type XB on the product.

In case the protective suit has electrostatic protection feature, additional EN 1149-5 standard requirements are sought.

Protective Gowns

Protective gowns can also be considered within the scope of the above types of protective clothing. Since the garments such as apron do not protect the whole body, they are defined as the clothes that protect a part of the body and the Type selection should be in this direction. In choosing the type of such products, attention should be paid to the type of risk aimed for protection. For example, Type 5 is not suitable for apron since Type 5 includes the purpose of protecting the whole body. In case of certification of clothes protecting a part of the body as personal protective clothing, the phrase "PB" should be added after the type information as labeling. For example Type6 PB or Type 6-B PB.


In the evaluation of protective gowns, compliance with EN 13795-1 (Surgical drapes and gowns) standard may be considered instead of choosing these standards in gowns for patient protection. Personal Protective Equipment is not covered by this standard are dealt with according to the regulations of the Medical Devices Regulations.