PPE must work for you, not against.

Personal protective equipment must ensure optimum protection while considering the actual use, care and disposal.

High demands for - and on - PPE.

PPE materials and gear have higher requirements for claiming effective protection against dangers like fire, heat, cold, UV, weather, cut-resistance, electrostatic discharge and electric arc.

Acceptance is key.

Without the wearer's willingness and ability to use the equipment, it cannot fulfill its purpose. It must be comfortable, properly fitting and ergonomically designed.

Challenge doesn't end with safety.

As if the varying user needs weren't enough, there are global legal regulations to navigate and the latest technologies to keep up with...all while considering responsible and sustainable manufacture.

Better Products. Verified Claims.

We innovate for functional properties that consider the user's real-life situation, while helping you meet statutory requirements, verify quality, remove harmful substances, increase sustainability and communicate your efforts.

Decades of PPE experience.

  • Testing fitness for use - acceptance, analyses and quality monitoring
  • Checking intermediate products for personal protective equipment
  • Assessing the construction and function parameters of textile fabrics
  • Testing and certifying textile UV protection
  • Ensuring good daytime visibility in traffic
  • Assessing the design for compliance with the protective function
  • Implementing flame treatment for turnout gear (manikin test in cooperation with DuPont, Geneva)

Certifying PPE to (EU) 2016/425.

  • Accredited and notified body comprising a testing laboratory and certification center for personal protective equipment in accordance with EU regulation 2016/425 (Notified Body No. 0555)
  • Certification and monitored product tests of protective clothing: EU type examination certificate for PPE (CE certification label) and monitored product testing according to EU regulation 2016/425, Annex VII (Module C2) of category III products
  • Appointed certification body for fire-resistant clothing for the participating countries (HuPF)

        PPE Certification

The right test for every requirement.

  • Clothing for protection against heat and flames EN ISO 11612:2015 and EN ISO 14116:2015
  • Protective gloves against thermal risks EN 407: 2004
  • Production/testing description for universal fire-resistant clothing / protective clothing for fire fighters HuPF parts 2 and 3
  • Protective clothing - clothing systems to protect against cold EN 342:2017
  • Protective clothing - clothing items for protection against cool environments EN 14058:2017
  • Protective clothing - protection against rain EN 343:2003 + A1:2007 + AC:2009
  • Cold protection gloves EN 511:2006
  • Protective clothing for fire fighting EN 469:2005 + A1:2006 + AC:2006
  • Protective clothing for wildland fire fighting EN 15614:2007
  • Protective caps EN 13911:2017
  • Production/testing description for universal fire-resistant clothing HuPF parts 1 - 4
  • Protective gloves for fire fighters EN 659:2003 + A1:2008
  • High-visibility clothing EN ISO 20471:2013+A1:2016
  • Protective clothing - high-visibility warning clothing for non-professional use EN 1150:1999
  • Accessories – visibility accessories for the non-professional use in line with EN 13356:2001
  • UV-protective clothing according to usage stress UV STANDARD 801
  • UV-protective clothing in new condition AS/NZS 4399:2017, EN 13758-1:2001 + A1:2006 and EN 13758-2:2003 + A1:2006, AATCC183-2014
  • Protective clothing - electrostatic characteristics EN 1149-5:2018
  • Protective clothing - electrostatic characteristics EN 16350:2014
  • Protective clothing for welding and related processes EN ISO 11611:2015
  • Protection against the thermal hazards of a fault arc IEC 61482-2 Ed.2.0:2018-05, EN 61482-1-2:2014
  • Protective gloves for welders EN 12477:2001 + A1:2005
  • Protective clothing against liquid chemicals (equipment type 6 & type PB [6]) EN 13034:2005 + A1:2009
  • Protective clothing for users of hand-held chainsaws EN 381-5:1995, EN 381-7:1999, EN 381-8:1997, EN 381-9:1997, EN 381-10:2002, EN 381-11:2002
  • Specifications for protective clothing for areas with risk of entanglement with moving parts EN 510:1993
  • Personal protective equipment - knee protection for work in kneeling position EN 14404:2004 + A1:2010
  • Protective gloves against mechanical risks EN 388:2016

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