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

The result is given in scale 1-3 where the maximum value is 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.

Test result for fabric (class)

Pro 260

Cantex 2.0Cantex 240IRAramidAramid HVTera TXOutback HWOutback 250Mega TX 230IRAra TXWindtech FR550Windtech FR340Apex
The material's ability to repel chemicals
AlcalineNaOH (10%)3333333333333
Aromatic HydrocarbonO-xylene00-03031120-2
The material's ability to resist penetration by chemicals
AlcalineNaOH (10%)3333333333333
Aromatic HydrocarbonO-xylene00-0202-313-3

”-” Chemical groups/chemical not tested.

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

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. 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. 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.

Cantex Weld Stretch is Tranemo’s first collection featuring a fluorocarbon-free finish (CO) that meets the requirements of EN 13034. A fluorocarbon free finish does not contain any fluorine atoms in the molecular chain, which makes it more environmentally friendly. Fluorocarbons have long been debated as being undesirable from an environmental perspective because they are ‘persistent’ i.e extremely difficult for nature to break down. Fluorocarbon free fabrics comply with EN 13034 for acid and alkaline with excellent results and provide a repellent protection against water and water-soluble dirt. The reason why fluorocarbons are still used are their excellent ability to repel oil and oil-based chemicals, and since some industries require oil-repellent protective clothing, it is currently impossible to phase out fluorocarbons completely. In cases where repellence of oils and oil-based chemicals is not directly necessary, Tranemo sees it as a positive development as fluorocarbon free finishes are friendlier to the environment.

It is important that the protective clothing is kept clean and washed regularly to avoid dirt becoming ingrained into the fabric and posing an additional safety risk. After washing, protective clothing certified according to EN 13034 (with or without fluorocarbon finish), need to be reactivated by heat to maintain the protection according to the EN standard. If necessary, the protective clothing may need to be re-impregnated. Tranemo recommends re-impregnation using an industrial laundry that is capable of carrying out this process. For garments that have a fluorocarbon free finish, Tranemo recommends that any re-impregnation process is also fluorocarbon free.

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.