EN 469:2020

Document EN 469:2020 Protective clothing for firefighters. Performance requirements for protective clothing for firefighting activities is a normative document that specifies the performance requirements for protective clothing intended for firefighters. It is a harmonized standard since March 5, 2021, as stated in the Official Journal of the European Union OJ L 077 - March 5, 2021.

The presumption of conformity with the essential health and safety requirements set out in Union harmonization legislation for previous versions of the standard:

  • EN 469:2005,
  • EN 469:2005/A1:2006,
  • EN 469:2005/AC:2006)

expires on September 5, 2022.

The normative document EN 469:2020 specifies the minimum performance requirements for protective clothing used during firefighting.

It covers:

  • constructions,
  • protection against heat and flame,
  • mechanical properties,
  • chemical properties,
  • convenience features, and
  • visibility properties.

The document includes information on:

  • the general construction of the garment,
  • minimum performance levels of materials used,
  • test methods,
  • marking, and
  • manufacturer-provided information.

It distinguishes between two levels of safety based on risk assessment:

  • Level 1: Minimum requirements for firefighter clothing used in firefighting and outdoor support activities. It does not address protection against fire and rescue hazards in buildings unless combined with Level 2 or other specialized PPE.
  • Level 2: Minimum requirements for firefighting clothing used during firefighting and rescue operations in buildings.

The distinction between Level 1 and Level 2 garments is related to protection against heat and flame. These levels can be achieved by single garments or combinations of separate garments.

Additional marking indicates two degrees of protection:

  • Y (protection against water penetration) and
  • Z (water vapor resistance). These performance levels should be indicated on the clothing label and explained in the instructions for use.

The document does not apply to:

  • protective clothing used in specialized firefighting operations with high heat radiation, rescue operations involving dangerous chemicals, work with chainsaws, water and height rescue,
  • head, hand, and foot protection, or specific protection against other hazards.

These aspects may be covered by other European Standards.

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