Protective clothing - Protection against rain

This European Standard specifies requirements and test methods applicable to ready-made garments, materials and seams of protective clothing against the influence of precipitation (e.g. rain, snowflakes), fog and ground humidity.

Schutzkleidung - Schutz gegen Regen

Diese Europäische Norm legt Anforderungen und Prüfverfahren fest, die auf fertige Bekleidungsteile, Materialien und Nähte von Schutzkleidung gegen den Einfluss von Niederschlag (z. B. Regen, Schneeflocken), Nebel und Bodenfeuchtigkeit anwendbar sind.

Habillement de protection - Protection contre la pluie

La présente Norme européenne spécifie les exigences et les méthodes d'essai applicables aux vêtements prêts à porter, aux matériaux et aux coutures des vêtements de protection contre les intempéries (par exemple précipitations sous forme de pluie ou neige), brouillard et humidité du sol.

Varovalna obleka - Zaščita pred dežjem

Ta evropski standard določa zahteve in preskusne metode za oblačila, pripravljena za uporabo, materiale in šive varovalne obleke, ki bodo predvidoma izpostavljeni vplivu padavin (npr. dež, snežinke), megle in vlažnosti tal.

General Information

Status
Published
Public Enquiry End Date
14-Nov-2017
Publication Date
07-Apr-2019
Current Stage
6060 - National Implementation/Publication (Adopted Project)
Start Date
02-Apr-2019
Due Date
07-Jun-2019
Completion Date
08-Apr-2019

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Protective clothing - Protection against rain
Schutzkleidung - Schutz gegen Regen
Habillement de protection - Protection contre la pluie
Ta slovenski standard je istoveten z: EN 343:2019
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13.340.10 Varovalna obleka Protective clothing
SIST EN 343:2019 en,fr,de

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SIST EN 343:2019
EN 343
EUROPEAN STANDARD
NORME EUROPÉENNE
March 2019
EUROPÄISCHE NORM
ICS 13.340.10 Supersedes EN 343:2003+A1:2007
English Version
Protective clothing - Protection against rain

Habillement de protection - Protection contre la pluie Schutzkleidung - Schutz gegen Regen

This European Standard was approved by CEN on 5 November 2018.

CEN members are bound to comply with the CEN/CENELEC Internal Regulations which stipulate the conditions for giving this

European Standard the status of a national standard without any alteration. Up-to-date lists and bibliographical references

concerning such national standards may be obtained on application to the CEN-CENELEC Management Centre or to any CEN

member.

This European Standard exists in three official versions (English, French, German). A version in any other language made by

translation under the responsibility of a CEN member into its own language and notified to the CEN-CENELEC Management

Centre has the same status as the official versions.

CEN members are the national standards bodies of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia,

Finland, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania,

Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland,

Turkey and United Kingdom.
EUROPEAN COMMITTEE FOR STANDARDIZATION
COMITÉ EUROPÉEN DE NORMALISATION
EUROPÄISCHES KOMITEE FÜR NORMUNG
CEN-CENELEC Management Centre: Rue de la Science 23, B-1040 Brussels

© 2019 CEN All rights of exploitation in any form and by any means reserved Ref. No. EN 343:2019 E

worldwide for CEN national Members.
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Contents Page

European foreword ....................................................................................................................................................... 3

Introduction .................................................................................................................................................................... 4

1 Scope .................................................................................................................................................................... 5

2 Normative references .................................................................................................................................... 5

3 Terms and definitions ................................................................................................................................... 6

4 Performance assessment and requirements ........................................................................................ 7

4.1 General requirements and innocuousness ............................................................................................ 7

4.2 Resistance to water penetration, WP ....................................................................................................... 7

4.3 Water vapour resistance, R ..................................................................................................................... 8

4.4 Tensile strength of the woven outer shell material ............................................................................ 8

4.5 Tear resistance of the woven outer shell material ............................................................................. 8

4.6 Bursting strength of the knitted outer shell material ........................................................................ 8

4.7 Dimensional change of the protective clothing .................................................................................... 9

4.8 Seam strength of the outer shell material .............................................................................................. 9

4.9 Waterproofness of a readymade garment (optional) ........................................................................ 9

5 Pretreatment .................................................................................................................................................... 9

5.1 General ................................................................................................................................................................ 9

5.2 Pretreatment by cleaning............................................................................................................................. 9

5.3 Pretreatment by abrasion ............................................................................................................................ 9

5.4 Pretreatment by repeated flexing .......................................................................................................... 10

5.5 Pretreatment with fuel and oil ................................................................................................................ 10

6 Test methods ................................................................................................................................................. 11

6.1 Sampling .......................................................................................................................................................... 11

6.2 General requirements and innocuousness ......................................................................................... 11

6.3 Water penetration, WP .............................................................................................................................. 11

6.4 Water vapour resistance, R ................................................................................................................... 11

6.5 Tensile strength ............................................................................................................................................ 11

6.6 Tear resistance .............................................................................................................................................. 11

6.7 Bursting strength ......................................................................................................................................... 11

6.8 Dimensional change after cleaning ....................................................................................................... 11

6.9 Testing of seam strength ........................................................................................................................... 12

6.10 Testing the waterproofness of a readymade garment (optional) .............................................. 12

6.11 Ageing ............................................................................................................................................................... 12

7 Size designation ............................................................................................................................................ 12

8 Marking and care labelling ....................................................................................................................... 12

9 Information supplied by the manufacturer ........................................................................................ 13

Annex A (informative) Recommendations for wearing time .................................................................... 14

Annex B (informative) Test device for one sided exposure to fuel and oil .......................................... 15

Annex C (informative) Significant changes between this document and the previous edition .... 16

Annex ZA (informative) Relationship between this European Standard and the essential

requirements of Regulation (EU) 2016/425 of the European parliament and of the

Council of 9 March 2016 on personal protective equipment aimed to be covered.............. 17

Bibliography ................................................................................................................................................................. 18

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European foreword

This document (EN 343:2019) has been prepared by Technical Committee CEN/TC 162 “Protective

clothing including hand and arm protection and lifejackets”, the secretariat of which is held by DIN.

This European Standard shall be given the status of a national standard, either by publication of an

identical text or by endorsement, at the latest by September 2019, and conflicting national standards

shall be withdrawn at the latest by September 2019.

Attention is drawn to the possibility that some of the elements of this document may be the subject of

patent rights. CEN shall not be held responsible for identifying any or all such patent rights.

This document supersedes EN 343+A1:2007.

This document has been prepared under a standardization request given to CEN by the European

Commission and the European Free Trade Association, and supports essential requirements of

Regulation (EU) 2016/245.

For relationship with Regulation (EU) 2016/245, see informative Annex ZA, which is an integral part of

this document.

According to the CEN-CENELEC Internal Regulations, the national standards organisations of the

following countries are bound to implement this European Standard: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria,

Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia,

France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta,

Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland,

Turkey and the United Kingdom.
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Introduction

In this document the measured properties of materials and seams of protective clothing and their

subsequent classification are intended to ensure an adequate protection level. Water proofness and

water vapour resistance are the essential properties tested and marked on the label.

Water proofness is the most important property and it is measured on material of the outer garment

layer. Tests are made on pretreated fabric samples and on parts with seams.

A test method for an optional readymade garment test after cleaning is described (rain tower test).

Some waterproof materials are impermeable to water vapour transmission. However other materials

on the market combine water proofness with water vapour permeability. This property expressed by

low water vapour resistance enhances sweat evaporation and significantly contribute to body cooling.

This is valuable, because it contributes to better comfort and less physiological strain and prolongs the

wearing time in certain climatic conditions (see Annex A).
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1 Scope

This document specifies requirements and test methods for the performance of materials and ready-

made garments for protection against the effects of precipitation (e.g. rain, snowflakes), fog and ground

humidity. Garments for protection against other effects than precipitation (e.g. water splashes, waves)

are excluded from this standard. The protective effects and requirements of footwear, gloves and

separate headwear are excluded from the scope of this document.
2 Normative references

The following documents are referred to in the text in such a way that some or all of their content

constitutes requirements of this document. For dated references, only the edition cited applies. For

undated references, the latest edition of the referenced document (including any amendments) applies.

EN 388:2016, Protective gloves against mechanical risks
EN 530:2010, Abrasion resistance of protective clothing material - Test methods

EN 14360:2004, Protective clothing against rain - Test method for ready made garments - Impact from

above with high energy droplets

EN 20811:1992, Textiles — Determination of resistance to water penetration — Hydrostatic pressure test

EN ISO 1421:2016, Rubber- or plastics-coated fabrics - Determination of tensile strength and elongation

at break (ISO 1421:2016)

EN ISO 4674-1:2016, Rubber- or plastics-coated fabrics - Determination of tear resistance - Part 1:

Constant rate of tear methods (ISO 4674-1:2016)

EN ISO 7854:1997, Rubber- or plastics-coated fabrics - Determination of resistance to damage by flexing

(ISO 7854:1995)

EN ISO 11092:2014, Textiles - Physiological effects - Measurement of thermal and water-vapour

resistance under steady-state conditions (sweating guarded-hotplate test) (ISO 11092:2014)

EN ISO 12947-1:1998, Textiles - Determination of the abrasion resistance of fabrics by the Martindale

method - Part 1: Martindale abrasion testing apparatus (ISO 12947-1:1998)

EN ISO 12947-2:2016, Textiles - Determination of the abrasion resistance of fabrics by the Martindale

method - Part 2: Determination of specimen breakdown (ISO 12947-2:2016)
EN ISO 13688:2013, Protective clothing - General requirements (ISO 13688:2013)

EN ISO 13934-1:2013, Textiles - Tensile properties of fabrics - Part 1: Determination of maximum force

and elongation at maximum force using the strip method (ISO 13934-1:2013)

EN ISO 13935-2:2014, Textiles - Seam tensile properties of fabrics and made-up textile articles - Part 2:

Determination of maximum force to seam rupture using the grab method (ISO 13935-2:2014)

EN ISO 13938-1:1999, Textiles - Bursting properties of fabrics - Part 1: Hydraulic method for

determination of bursting strength and bursting distension (ISO 13938-1:1999)

EN ISO 13938-2:1999, Textiles - Bursting properties of fabrics - Part 2: Pneumatic method for

determination of bursting strength and bursting distension (ISO 13938-2:1999)
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ISO 1817:2015, Rubber, vulcanized or thermoplastic — Determination of the effect of liquids

ISO 7000:2014, Graphical symbols for use on equipment — Registered symbols
3 Terms and definitions
For the purposes of this document, the following terms and definitions apply.

ISO and IEC maintain terminological databases for use in standardization at the following addresses:

• IEC Electropedia: available at http://www.electropedia.org/
• ISO Online browsing platform: available at http://www.iso.org/obp
3.1
water vapour resistance

water-vapour pressure difference between the two faces of a material divided by the resultant

evaporative heat flux per unit area in the direction of the gradient

Note 1 to entry: It is a quantity specific to textile materials or composites, which determines the “latent”

evaporative heat flux across a given area in response to a steady applied water-vapour pressure gradient. The

evaporative heat flux can consist of both diffusive and convective components.

Note 2 to entry: The water-vapour resistance is expressed in square metres pascal per watt.

[SOURCE: EN ISO 11092:2014, 2.2]
3.2
resistance to water penetration

hydrostatic pressure supported by a material as a measure of the opposition to the passage of water

through material
Note 1 to entry: WP is expressed in pascal.
3.3
outer shell material
outermost material of which the protective clothing is made
3.4
liner
insert with a waterproof property
3.5
thermal liner
layer with a waterpoof property providing additional thermal insulation
3.6
lining
innermost material without waterproof property
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4 Performance assessment and requirements
4.1 General requirements and innocuousness
4.1.1 General requirements

When tested in accordance with 6.2.1 the requirements according to EN ISO 13688 and the following

requirements shall be met:

— the garment shall not have rough, sharp or hard surfaces that irritate or injure the user;

— all pockets shall be constructed to avoid water inside the garment;

— closures, such as slide fasteners, fasteners, buttons etc. shall not open inadvertently.

NOTE 1 Hoods are not a mandatory part of rain protection garments.

NOTE 2 Protective garments against rain typically consist of the outermost shell of a garment ensemble

containing additional layers underneath. It has been demonstrated that the garment layers underneath can

support the overall breathability and comfort if they provide a moisture management capability.

For material testing the application of the single tests to each component is shown in Table 1.

Table 1 — Application of performance tests on the components
Reference Outer shell Liner or
Property Lining
clause material thermal liner
Resistance to water
penetration (before
X X
4.2
and/or after pretreat-
ment)
Water vapour X X X
4.3
resistance
Tensile strength 4.4 X
Tear resistance 4.5 X (wovens)
Bursting strength 4.6 X (knits)
Dimensional change X X X
4.7
Seam strength 4.8 X
4.1.2 Innocuousness

When tested in accordance with 6.2.2 the requirements of EN ISO 13688:2013, 4.2, shall be met with

regard to innocuousness.
4.2 Resistance to water penetration, WP

When tested in accordance with 6.3, resistance to water penetration WP of the outer shell

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