BS EN 469:2020 - Protective clothing for firefighters. Performance requirements for protective clothing for firefighting activities

BS EN 469:2020

Protective clothing for firefighters. Performance requirements for protective clothing for firefighting activities

Status : Current   Published : August 2020



This document specifies minimum performance requirements for protective clothing designed to be worn during firefighting activities. The requirements detailed in this document cover design, heat and flame, mechanical, chemical, comfort, and visibility.

This document covers the general clothing design, the minimum performance levels of the material used, the methods of test to be used to determine these performance levels, marking and information supplied by the manufacturer.

This document makes distinction between firefighting activities dividing them into two performance levels based on a risk assessment:

  • Level 1: specifies the minimum requirements for firefighting clothing involving work associated with outdoor firefighting and their support activities, taking into account the environments and conditions of the expected operational scenarios of such firefighting activities.

    The level 1 is not applicable for protection against risks encountered in fighting fires or rescue from fire activities in structures, unless combined to a level 2 or other specialized PPE.

  • Level 2: specifies the minimum requirements for firefighting clothing for risks encountered in fighting fires and rescue from fire in structures.

The distinction between Level 1 and Level 2 clothing is restricted to the requirements for heat and flame (X1 or X2 - Heat and Flame). These levels of protection can be reached by a single garment or a combination of separate garments.

Additional marking provides two grades of protection for Y (protection against water penetration) and Z (water vapour resistance). It is essential that these performance grades are indicated on the marking of the clothing and explained in the instructions for use.

This document does not cover protective clothing for wildland firefighting, specialized firefighting in a high amount of radiant heat where reflective clothing is required and/or advanced technical rescue operations dealing with hazardous chemicals, working with chainsaws and water and rope rescue.

This document does not cover protection for the head, hands and feet or specific protection against other hazards e.g. chemical, biological, radiological and electrical hazards. These aspects may be covered in other European Standards.

Standard NumberBS EN 469:2020
TitleProtective clothing for firefighters. Performance requirements for protective clothing for firefighting activities
Publication Date12 August 2020
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)ISO 12127-1:2015, EN ISO 13688:2013, EN ISO 6530:2005, ISO 9151:2016, EN ISO 12127-1:2015, ISO 4674-1:2016, EN ISO 1421 (ISO 1421:2016) AS, ISO 13935-2:2014, EN ISO 11092:2014, ISO 13934-1:2013, EN ISO 13934-1:2013, EN ISO 9151:2016, ISO 6942:2002, EN ISO 13935-2:2014, EN ISO 3146:2000, ISO 6530:2005, CEN/TR 14560:2018, EN ISO 13506-1:2017, EN ISO 811:2018, ISO 1421:2016, ISO 13937-2:2000, ISO 11092:2014, ISO 811:2018, ISO 13688:2013, EN ISO 4674-1 (ISO 4674-1:2016) AS, ISO 13506-1:2017, DIN EN ISO 13937-2:2000 (E), ISO 3146:2000
Informative References(Provided for Information)EN ISO 15487:2010, ISO 9092:2011, ISO 15487:2009, EN ISO 18640-1:2018, EN ISO 18640-2:2018, EN ISO 9092:2011, ISO 18640-2:2018, ISO 18640-1:2018, EN ISO 6330, ISO 16000-6, EN 388, EN ISO 15797, EN ISO 139, ISO 3175, ISO 15797, EN ISO 3175 (all parts), EN 16732, ISO 5725-2, ISO 6330, ISO 13506-2, EN 659, ISO 11999-3, ISO/IEC Guide 98-3, ISO 12947-1, EN ISO 12947-1, ISO 9886
ReplacesBS EN 469:2005
International RelationshipsEN 469:2020
Draft Superseded By18/30374479 DC
DescriptorsWettability, Marking, Design, Permeability, Heat transfer, Tensile strength, Protective clothing, Firefighting, Tear strength, Surface spread of flame, Dimensional changes, Heat protection, Thermal resistance, Fire safety, Firefighting personnel, Flameproof materials
Title in FrenchHabillement de protection pour sapeurs-pompiers. Exigences de performance pour les vêtements de protection pour la lutte contre l'incendie
Title in GermanSchutzkleidung für die Feuerwehr. Leistungsanforderungen für Schutzkleidung für Tätigkeiten der Feuerwehr
ISBN978 0 539 00216 4
File Size2.581 MB

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