​  What exactly is EN ISO 13688

​ What exactly is EN ISO 13688

Posted by Helen Wood on behalf of Pressure Pump Solutions Ltd on 18th Nov 2021

EN ISO 13688 - Protective Clothing defines ISO 13688. 

What is the International Standards Organization's (ISO) mission?

This global nongovernmental organisation is made up of national standards bodies from all around the world, that implement a range of similar, regionally adapted standards which have the same core criteria but differ slightly due to regulatory differences and one of its many essential requirements is to safeguard employees from injuries as much as possible.
The standard sets broad performance standards for protective clothing in aspects of ergonomics, innocuousness, size designation, ageing, compatibility, and marking, including the information which the manufacturer must include with the protective clothing. This standard must be used in conjunction with other standards which specify exact performance requirements.

When choosing protective clothing for your company, consider the following:
• The materials' innocuousness (non-harmful) to the wearer.
• Clothing ergonomic needs, such as comfort, weight, and design factors.
• How wear and tear affect product performance (e.g., colour alteration, cleaning, and changes in dimension).

• Sizing is based on height, chest, and waist circumferences, is standardised to EN 3635, and is stated in the sizing pictogram on each product's label. The EN ISO 13688 standard says that size intervals should not be defined, but rather should be "flexible."

• Labels must be clear and readable, written in the destination country's official language, and contain the following information:

a) Manufacturer's name, trademark, or other means of identification.
b) The product's codec or commercial name. According to EN 3635, a pictogram and size designation are needed.
d) Inclusion of a reference to the EU protective clothing standard.
e) On the PPS GLOVES a symbol depicting the hazard the product is supposed to protect the wearer from, as well as the product's performance level.
f) EN 3758-compliant composition, care, and washing directions using care symbols.

• The following information must be included in the wearer's instructions, which must be written in the official language of the nation to which the products are being shipped:

a) The manufacturer's name and address b) The notified body's name and address (PPE categories 2 and 3) c) A reference to the proper EU protective gear standard.
d) A symbol depicting the precise hazard that the product is designed to address as well as the product's level of performance.
e) The material composition of the product.
f) Safety checks that must be performed prior to use, the product's purpose, and restrictions (e.g., how long the product can be used in given working conditions), and storage, maintenance, and cleaning instructions for the wearer.

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