Meeting CEN/TC162 WG2 december 2010

Munich 8/9 December 2010

Specification standards:

  • EN ISO 14116 Protective clothing - Protection against heat and flame - Limited flame spread materials, material assemblies and clothing
  • EN ISO 11611 Protective clothing for use in welding and allied processes
  • EN ISO 11612 Protective clothing - Clothing to protect against heat and flame

The revision of these three standards has been submitted to both CEN TC 162 and ISO SC 13 for a parallel vote.
The WG members have again asked to match as much as possible the contents – and whenever necessary also the criteria – of the three standards. The requirements for limited flame spread on fabric and seams (ISO 15025) should for example be identical in all three standards.
The criteria for tensile, tear and burst strength continue to give rise to discussions and confusion. VG5 (vertical group) is contacted to remove several discrepancies so that the notified bodies may take an unambiguous position.


  • EN ISO 11611 – tear strength of 15 N according to ISO 13937-2
  • EN ISO 11612 – tear strength of 7.5 N according to ISO 13937-2
  • EN ISO 14116 – tear strength of 5 N according to ISO 13937-2
  • For the different standards, a burst strength for knitted fabrics and seams of 100 kPa according to ISO 13938-1 (specimen surface of 50 cm²)

EN 469

Protective clothing for firefighters - Performance requirements for protective clothing for firefighting.
The revision has officially been approved by TC 162. The present draft does not include a physiological annex yet. A draft for this annex has been made on the basis of research performed at the Leeds University. You may contact Centexbel for a copy of this draft and submit your comments before the end of February 2011.

EN ISO 15025 & EN ISO 9185

These test standards (viz. for limited flame spread and molten metal) will be revised. This is the responsibility of ISO and the revision will presumably take place under Canadian presidency.


  • The work group proposes to develop a standard for "fire fighters rescue clothing" covering the more general activities of fire fighters other than fire fighting.
  • Definitions, criteria, adapted test methods … have to be more precise and be as “cross-standard” as possible.
  • The test standards for clothing for welders and for the protection against molten metal continue to be problematic due to the lack of crucial sensors and reference materials. VG 5 has been contacted in this respect too and CEN has been asked to provide the necessary finances to solve these problems.