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EN 471 is the best-known standard for fluorescent clothing with approved reflectors. It is typically referred to as High-visibility warning clothing for professional use. The standard for each piece of clothing consists of two numbers.
The first number indicates the product’s safety class. This is dependent on the area of fluorescent fabric and the amount of reflectors. Products are classified 1-3, with 3 being the best class (highest safety). Even if a product in and of itself is not Class 3, one can obtain Class 3 by combining clothing with another product (look at the chart here).
The second number indicates the item’s ability to reflect light. There are two classes: 1 and 2, where 2 is the highest. All of MASCOT’s reflectors are Class 2.
When work has to be carried out, whatever the weather, it is important to be properly dressed. Look for the EN 343-certification if you want to ensure comfort regardless of precipitation and wind.
EN 343 is the European standard for protective clothing and describes protection against rain. In the description two references are indicated. The first number indicates the water tightness and the second number refers to the breathability of the overall product. Both scale values run from 1-3, where 3 indicates the highest class. The certificate is obtained from FIOH (The Finnish Institute of Occupational Health).
Effective cold protection is achieved by wearing clothes that are certified in accordance to EN 342. EN 342 protects you in cold environments. In order to achieve the best thermal protection, the garments should remain dry and be used in combination with gloves, hat, etc. to avoid local cooling. Close your clothes carefully and tighten sleeves around your wrists. Each garment is protected to certain classes of protection. The first number indicates the air permeability (AP) Class 1-3, where 3 indicates the highest class. The second number indicates its resistance to water penetration Class 1-2, where 2 indicates the highest class. The certificate is obtained from FIOH (The Finnish Institute of Occupational Health).
Protective clothing – visibility clothing for non-professional use. Only applies to MASCOT® Sparks Children’s Traffic Vest. High-visibility clothing for non-professional use is intended to visually signal the user’s presence, under any light conditions both by day and under illumination by car headlights or search lights in the dark, as well as to provide visibility on urban roads.
The standard specifies the minimum requirements for protective clothing used during welding and equivalent processes with comparable risks. There are two classes, 1 and 2, where Class 2 is the highest (= the most protective). This has replaced the old standard EN 470-1.
Clothing for protection against heat and flame. This standard describes outer garments of a flexible fabric which are designed to protect the wearer’s body, except the hands, from heat and / or fire. With the exception of hats and gaiters that are used to protect the head, hands and feet are not covered. This has replaced the old standard EN 531.
Materials, material combinations and clothing with limited flame spread. This standard specifies the performance requirements the limited flame spread properties of materials, material combinations and protective clothing to reduce the possibility of clothing burning and thereby itself constituting a hazard. This has replaced the old standard EN 533.
Protective clothing against thermal hazards of an electric arc. Part 1-2: Test methods – Method 2: Determination of arc protection class of material and clothing through the use of a forced and controlled arc (box test). There are two classes, 1 and 2, where 2 is the highest (= the best protection). This has replaced the old standard ENV 50354.
Some of MASCOT’s products have electrostatic properties.
EN 1149-3:2004 – electrical discharge.
This standard describes the breakdown of electrostatic charges from materials clothing.
EN 1149-5:2008 – materials performance and design
This standard describes the requirements for materials and construction of electrostatic dissipative protective clothing, which is used as part of a basic system to prevent incendiary discharges.
EN 13034/EN 13034 + A1. The standard describes the performance requirements for chemical protective clothing that provides limited protection against liquid chemicals (Type 6 – and Type PB  equipment). Chemical Protective Clothing with limited protection is intended for use in the event of a potential exposure to low volume splashes, fluid dispersion or spray with low pressure and volume.
EN ISO 15797 (EN stands for European Norm) is your guarantee that the product withstands industrial washing and drying. The Hohenstein Institute evaluates products according to criteria established by the ETSA (European Textiles Services Association). The overall assessment of various criteria tells you how well the product performs under industrial washing and drying processes. The product tests include shrinkage, wear, color-fastness and tensile strength – some before and some after washing. MASCOT’s products have obtained excellent results on testing method 8B (colored workwear that can withstand tunnel finishing).
Your workwear can provide you with certified protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Look for UV Standard 801. A selection of MASCOT’s products are certified to this standard, and this means that the clothing protects longer and better than even the strongest sunscreen. MASCOT products are UV tested by the Hohenstein Institute, where individual products are tested in both new and used (washed, damp, stretched and worn) condition. Workwear with certified UV protection is especially important for those who work outdoors for long periods of the day.
The Modern Worker has been in business since 1980. We are currently a wholesaler and distributor of MASCOT Workwear, Hultafors Tools, and Elvex Safety Products along with a few others.
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