EN343:2003+A1:2007 is a European standard for protective clothing and establishes minimum values of protection from wind and rain. Workwear that is certified in accordance with EN 343 also lets the skin breathe and conducts moisture and sweat away from the body.
Two values are indicated in the description of the EN 343 standard. The first figure indicates waterproof rating and the second indicates the material’s ability to conduct moisture and sweat away from the body. On both scales, the values range from 1-3, where 3 is the highest class and indicates that the material offers a high level of protection for the wearer.
See our handy guide which indicates the maximum continuous wearing time of workwear certified to the different Classes of EN343 Vapour Transmission (Breathability) at varying temperatures:
Workwear that is used in all kinds of weather must not only keep the wearer dry, but also withstand a hard day’s work. Therefore, the material used in EN 343 certified products is tested for its ability to withstanding hydrostatic pressure and its ability to conduct sweat away from the body, its tear resistance and strength and the elasticity of the garment. This ensures EN343 garments are able to withstand the challenges they may encounter while working in all kinds of weather.
Caring for EN343 garments
To extend the lifetime of your workwear, store it in a dry, well-ventilated place when not in use. It is recommends that you check your workwear regularly for wear and tear to maintain optimal protection.
Selecting the products
You need to choose workwear that fits your function and work tasks. For instance, MASCOT has many products with EN 343 certification so you, apart from protection, can choose according to the features that best suit your needs. To explore the full weatherwear range Click Here >
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