ProtecWork: Open arc and Box test – what’s the difference?
ProtecWork - A collection of heat and flame protective wear
ProtecWork is our collection of protective wear that combines our great expertise and know-how of heat and flame protection with Snickers Workwear’s renowned ergonomics and fit. We have twenty years experience of designing and developing protective wear for the energy and railway sector. Our new inherent collection offers excellent durability, great comfort and an ergonomic, modern fit.
Developed in close partnership with professionals
Our protective wear is the result of a long and successful partnership with professionals working in the energy and railway sectors. They’re the ones working in high-risk environments, and the only ones who truly know how protective wear is used and functions in the real world. This close partnership has resulted in several innovative features, such as symmetrical leg pockets and DuPont™Kevlar® reinforced pockets.
Tailor-made in Europe
We manufacture our clothes in Europe. We have full control over the entire process: from design, to production and delivery. Having our own factory also means that we can provide items tailored to your specific measurements and needs.
Protective wear vs workwear – a matter of life and death
There’s a big difference between workwear and protective wear. Workwear exists to make your working day more comfortable and efficient, with handy features for tools and other necessities, as well as protection against cold and rain. Protective wear, on the other hand, exists to protect the wearer from serious risks such as heat, flames, electric arcs and hazardous chemicals, or to protect the product from external influences (against dust, dirt or electrostatic charge).
Find out more about Protective Workwear in our ProtecWork Catalogue.
UNDERSTANDING THE RISKS
What protection do I need?
To understand what protection you need, you have to know what risks you face. The best way to do this is to make risk analyses in which you investigate, assess and document the risks of a specific work environment. In work areas that already have been analysed systematically, make sure you know the risk level before you enter that specific risk environment, and wear appropriate clothing.
Protective wear, often referred to as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), can have one or more CE (European Conformity) marks, which means the garment conforms to a number of regulations, standards and norms. In some scenarios and working conditions, protective wear can mean the difference between life and death for the wearer.
How do I know the protection level of my outfit?
First of all, you must choose clothing with the appropriate CE mark for the specific risk environment. CE-marked protective clothing provides different types of protection, such as against heat, flames and chemicals, as well as things like high visibility and anti-static properties. However, when working in environments that involve a risk of electric arcing, you must also ensure your clothing offers a level of protection that corresponds to the risk level of the work environment. You do this by adding up the total number of calories of all the layers of your outfit. Note that high-risk environments require that ALL garments you wear, including underwear and base layers, to offer protection against heat and flames.
What sorts of risks do I face?
Working in high-risk environments involves, as the name implies, high risk levels. Arcs due to electrical faults can cause severe injuries and damage. Consequences include thermal injury, serious burns, electric shock, noise, UV emissions, pressure and shrapnel, as well as toxic exposure and the impact of physical and mental shock.
Learn more about CE marks and Protective standards
High vis flame retardant clothing
Many of our flame-retardant clothes are also high vis to increase your safety. There are three classes of hi vis clothing, where Class 3 represents the highest safety level. Bear in mind that smaller sizer can have a lower safety class, since it can have a smaller visible area. By combining two or more garments, you can achieve a higher safety classification. Find out how to get the right protection levels at work.
WEAR LAYERS TO INCREASE YOUR PROTECTION
One of the best ways to improve your level of protection is to wear layers. A fundamental requirement is of course that all garments are certified and flame retardant. The main benefit of wearing layers is that the air gap formed between different garments provides increased protection.
There is no general rating for how much increased protection the air gap between layers provides. However, we have conducted a number of tests that show that the air gap increases protection by more than 5 cal/cm2. The calorie level of the extra protection depends on a variety of factors, such as fabric structure, thickness and construction – and for a precise value, combined tests on each layer must be performed. What we know for certain, though, is that wearing multiple layers improves the protection rating. It’s therefore best to think of the air gap between each layer as extra protection that improves your chances of avoiding burns in the event of an accident.
About ProtecWork Collection
ProtecWork is a collection of protective wear that combines great expertise and know-how of heat and flame protection developed for the energy and railway sectors. The collection offers inherent heat and flame protection, excellent durability, great comfort and an ergonomic, modern fit.