When you are cold, you are 25% more likely to have a workplace accident! This is because your body prioritizes trying to keep you warm. (Your body can use up to 75% of its energy to maintain your normal body temperature). So, you may not notice that reversing forklift or other moving obstacles. Keep warm to keep safe.
EN 342 is the cold climate standard for protective clothing. What we call Winter Workwear others call Thermal Workwear, Cold Climate Clothing or Freezer Clothing. Regardless of the name, this winter workwear cold climate clothing is designed to protect you from the Humidity and Wind at temperatures below minus 5 Degrees C. The EN 342 winterwear standard measures the Thermal insulation (X protection), the 3 levels of Air Permeability (Y protection) and the 3 levels of Breathability (Z protection).
Our range of cold climate workwear, icewear, freezerwear and cold storage clothing is based on the principle of layering up: wear enough layers of thermals and outer garments to ensure that you have naturally insulating pockets of air around your body. Thermal long johns and wicking T shirts act as base layers (Base Layer Undergarments), with quilted or insulated clothing such as freezer salopettes/ coveralls and jackets acting as outerwear wet weather protectors.
Products found is this category belong to our cold climate workwear range, that consists of freezer wear, cold room clothing, thermal workwear and freezer clothing all of which are devoted to keeping our customers nice and warm.
The standard has specified requirements and test methods for properties of clothing ensembles (i.e. two piece suits or coveralls) and of single garments for protection against cold environments. Cold environments are categorised by a combination of humidity and wind at temperatures below -5°C.
The measured properties and their subsequent classification are intended to make sure an sufficient protection level under various user conditions. Protective clothing, designed to be worn at sub-zero temperatures, must have sufficient high thermal insulation, largely independent of the outer wind speed, but they must also be breathable, which will evaporate sweat from the body.
Without the the garment layers next to the body get moist or wet by sweat or condensation, losing their thermal insulation and leading to hypothermia. The standard EN 342 defines 3 criteria to ensure the function of protective clothing against cold.
The standard EN 342 the outerwear's air permeability and water vapour resistance are classified into 2 classes each, expressing the material's quality for the use in cold protective clothing. Class 3 : 2 indicates the highest level of performance.
The following parameters are used: