Garments that comply with the EN 381-5 standard provide protection against hand-held chainsaws. The area that is protected are the legs. Chainsaw trousers are essential protective garments for anyone who is operating a chainsaw.
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:
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 is identical to type A, but has an extra 5 cm of protection to the interior part of the left leg.
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. 200 N. Class 0 (16 m/s) is not applicable to the EN 381-5 standard.
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