PPE must work for you, not against.

Be it for safety, hygiene, special functions or consistent company image: workwear must always be durable and comfortable, while ensuring ...

Fire and flame for your safety.

The market: hotly contested. The demands: high. Textiles that are used for personal protective equipment (PPE) must overcome many hurdles before they are allowed to be used for protective gloves, protective clothing for the fire brigade, heat protection clothing, high-visibility warning clothing, weather and cold protective clothing, welding safety clothing, UV protective clothing, cut-resistant clothing, knee protection or clothing with protection from electrostatic charge and from the thermal risks of an electric arc. Here it is helpful to have a strong partner on side who is familiar with the statutory requirements of PPE and the required test parameters and who is committed to optimum product performance and high wear comfort - someone like us. Hohenstein conducts tests in a neutral and competent manner in order to determine whether your products satisfy both internal quality standards and the requirements of regulation (EU) 2016/425 so that they can be sold as PPE. We also offer various services for all types of workwear which helps you to keep a cool head.

Hohenstein services for protective function.

We have decades of experence investigating how well your products protect from flame, heat, cold, natural and artificial UV radiation:

  • 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
  • Textile UV protection
  • Checking the warning color to ensure good day visibility in traffic
  • Assessing the design for compliance with the protective function
  • Implementing the flame treatment of protective clothing systems for fire fighters in cooperation with DuPont, Geneva (manikin test)
  • 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)

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 and clothing items 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 in which there is a 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

We certify PPE to (EU) 2016/425

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