CHEMICALS

Symbol EN 13034

EN 13034 Type PB [6]
Protective clothing against liquid chemicals

This standard specifies PPE Clothing used where there is a risk of a potential exposure to a light spray, liquid aerosols or low pressure, low volume splashes when complete liquid permeation barrier (at a molecular level) is not required. 


In accordance to the standard EN 13034 the following chemical groups/chemicals can be tested:

Chemical groupChemical
AcidH2SO4  30% (Sulphuric acid)
AlcalineNaOH 10% (Sodium hydroxide also called lye and caustic soda)
Aromatic Hydrocarbon O-xylene
AlcoholButanol

 

EN 13034 covers four different groups of chemicals and the highest level in the standard is level 3. To pass the test and be able to use the EN 13034 symbol in the CE-marking, at least one chemical shall obtain level 3 for liquid repellency and at least one chemical shall obtain level 2 for resistance to penetration. The design of the garment is also a parameter in the CE marking for chemical protection garments.

 

When you choose garments with chemical protection (EN 13034), it is important that you check that the relevant chemical group/ groups are tested on the garment quality you choose. Not all four chemical groups will usually be relevant for your Risk Assessment. If you are working with other chemicals or other concentrations of the above chemicals, please contact us for information on the best fabric / garment solution for your Risk Assessment.

 

Please note that FC finish used for EN 13034 certification needs to be re-activated by heating the garment after each wash cycle. The garment must also be re-impregnated when necessary. Industrial Laundries have processes for doing this the correct way.

 

Tranemo continuously does in-house testing on fabrics for water repellency (according to ISO 4920 spray test) and oil repellecy (according to ISO 14419). This is to ensure that the fabrics have the correct treatment. To fulfill EN 13034 on Tranemo product range, Tranemo use finishing that meets the restrictions for fluorine chemicals for consumers in Norway and also for the restrictions in EU REACH.

 

Test result for fabric (class)Cantex 2.0Cantex 240IRAramidAramid HVTera TXOutback HWOutback 250Mega TX 230IRAra TXWindtech FR340Apex
Materials
ability to
repel
chemical group/
chemicals
AcidH2SO4(30%)33333323333
AlcalineNa OH (10%)33333333333
Aromatic
Hydrocarbon
O-xylene0-0303112-2
AlcoholButanol0-0313330-2
Chemical group/
Chemicals
ability to
penetrate the
material
AcidH2SO4(30%)33233323333
AlcalineNa OH (10%)33333333333
Aromatic
Hydrocarbon
O-xylene0-0202-31-3
AlcoholButanol0-0303230-3

 

”-” Chemical groups/chemical not tested

”0” Chemical groups/chemical does not pass the test

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