European standards

All SIP Protection products meet the EC stipulations and are certified and marked as doing so. The CE mark indicates the compliance with the fundamental health and safety requirements from the European Directive 89/686.
The pictograms which you can find on the inside of your protective clothing, reflect the different levels of protective requirements which have been set in the framework of the European standards. The higher the value for a parameter, the higher the level of protection.

Constant quality control and our personal care for your safety, guarantees that all SIP Protection products are high performance. Unless indicated otherwise, all test have - within the frame of the norm - been carried out after 5 washes at 60°C and line dried 5 times.


EN 381: Protection against hand-held chainsaws

The European standard EN 381 complies with protective clothing for chainsaw users.This norm is divided into different parts (or designs).
Each part treats a specific part of the body:

  • EN 381-5 : Requirements for leg protectors
  • EN 381-7 : Requirements for chainsaw protective gloves
  • EN 381-9 : Requirements for chainsaw protective gaiters
  • EN 381-11: Requirements for upper part of the body

The norm also prescribes 4 classes that correspond to the chain speed with which the tests have been done:

  • Class 0 : 16 m/s
  • Class 1 : 20 m/s
  • Class 2 : 24 m/s
  • Class 3 : 28 m/s

Not all classes are authorized in each part of the norm. (see further for details)


Classification of protective clothing by category

Category I Declaration of conformity Working clothing to protect against superficial cuts caused by machines, rain wear.
Category II EC- type test(*)
+ declaration of conformity
Protective clothing and gloves to protect against cuts, safety glasses, helmets and face shields, fluorescent clothing, safety boots.
Category III EC- type test(*)
+ declaration of conformity
+ ISO control of production by notified body or sampling and testing by notified body
Protective wear, glasses, helmets against heat over (100°C) and against cold (-50°C), against electric shocks. Protect against falling from great heights.

EC-type test: CE Mark

The CE mark indicates the compliance with the fundamental health and safety requirements from the European Directive 89/686.
All SIP Protection products meet the EC stipulations and are certified and marked as doing so.


381-5: Leg protectors

Protection against hand-held chainsaws

This part specifies the demands for leg protection wear and defines three types (or designs) of leg protection wear, according to the kind of protection:

Type A

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The chainsaw protective clothing of type A and type B are mainly intended to be used for forestry work by professional lumber jacks who have been trained and informed.(*)

Type A (or front protection) covers each leg partly (180°) and 5 cm to the interior part of the right leg and 5 cm the exterior part of the left leg.
Protection starts at max. 5 cm from the bottom of the leg and ends at min. 20 cm above the crotch.

Type B

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Type B is identical to type A but has an extra 5 cm of protection to the interior part of the left leg.

Type C

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The chainsaw protective clothing of type C are intended to be used by people who normally don’t work with chainsaws or in exceptional situations.

Type C covers each leg all around (360°) protection. The protection starts at max. 5 cm from the bottom of the leg and ends at min. 20 cm above the front of side of the crotch and at min. 50 cm under the back side of the crotch.

(*) For types A and B the protection must be fixed permanently on the sides of the protective padding.
The fixing of the protection must resist a force of min. 200N. Class 0 (16 m/s) is not applicable to the EN 381-5 standard.


381-11: Protective upper part of the body

Protection against hand-held chainsaws

Standard

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The 2 images above depict the design of a chainsaw protective jacket according to standard EN 381-11.
In contrast to chainsaw trousers where 3 designs are possible there is just 1 design for the conception of chainsaw jackets in order to be conform to the standard.

On both front and backside of the jacket the standard defines a minimum surface of protective inlay on the shoulders, arms and chest. On the front side of the sleeves the protective inlay must cover a minimum of 80% of the total surface and the non-protected
surface from the end of the sleeves mustn’t exceed 70 mm.

Standard + Belly protection

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The 2 images above despict the design of a chainsaw protective jacket according to standard EN 381-11 + additional full front protection.

Chainsaw jackets are more and more used for working on servicing platforms, occasional use of the chainsaw or in exceptional and dangerous working circumstances. As a consequence, 3 jackets (1SI7, 1SIA and 1SIS) in this catalogue have additional belly protection on top of the standard in order to provide even more safety. Basically, conception is the same as a normal standard jacket but there is added protection of the abdomen (see picture).


381-7: Protective gloves

Protection against hand-held chainsaws

This part specifies the demands for chainsaw protective gloves.
It describes 2 designs:

Design A

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Standard EN 381-7 design A for gloves describes a protection surface on the back of the hand.
The protective surface must be minimum 110 mm wide and minimum 120 mm high at the highest point (without the fingers).

Design B

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Standard EN 381-7 design B for gloves describes a protection on the back of the hand and 4 fingers. The protective surface must be minimum 110 mm wide and minimum 190 mm high from the base to the highest point.


381-9: Protective gaiters

Protection against hand-held chainsaws

To be worn on top of safety boots certified EN ISO 20345.
Because safety boots have a steel nose there may be a gap in the chainsaw protective covering surface but it mustn’t exceed more than 14 mm from the front end of the boot. The minimum height must be 200 mm and distance gaiter-ground maximum 25 mm.


EN ISO 17249: Chainsaw protective boots

Protection against hand-held chainsaws

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A chainsaw boot is always a safety boot in the first place.
A boot complying to EN ISO 17249 automatically complies to EN ISO 20345. Therefore a chainsaw boot does not have to be labelled EN ISO 20345.


EN 510

Protection against moving parts

Specification for protective clothing for use where there is a risk of entanglement with moving parts.


EN ISO 20471 and EN 471

Professional high visibility clothing

x: Surface of fluorescent and retro-reflective material (3 levels)

CLASS 1 CLASS 2 CLASS 3
Fluorescent background material 0,14 0,50 0,80
Retro-reflective material 0,10 0,13 0,20
Or combined performance material 0,20 - -

y: Quality of the retro-reflective material (2 levels) (only for EN471)

There are 2 performance classes for retro-reflective material.
(Furthermore, there are also combined performance materials (simultaneously fluorescent and retro-reflective)).


EN 388

Protection against mechanical hazards

This standard applies to all types of gloves that provide protection against physical and mechanical hazards due to abrasion, cuts, puncture and tearing.