Nationally and internationally, a range of standards
As part of its commitment to innovation and development Waterford Uniforms constantly explores new materials and processes in an attempt to improve existing products beyond the current ruling standards for PPE clothing. Indeed, under EN ISO 9001:2008 QA there is a requirement to demonstrate improvement to processes, year on year, and the company takes this directive very seriously.
Countries within the European Union conform to a series of standards carrying the prefix EN and these standards are developed and published by the European Committee CEN/TC162 - www.bsi-global.com/en . This committee is responsible for determining performance criteria under which all products are manufactured. For fire protection these standards include; EN 469:2005/AC2006 Level 2; EN 1486:1996, - Protective clothing for firefighters; EN 15614:2007 Protective clothing for firefighters - Wildland clothing; EN ISO:2008 - Protective clothing for workers exposed to heat; EN 471:2003+A1:2007 -High-Visibility warning clothing for professional Use; EN343:2003, Protective clothing-protection against rain, EN470-1:1995; Protective clothing for use in Welding and Allied processes; EN340:2004; EN ISO 11611:2007 Protective Clothing for use in welding and allied processes; EN ISO 14116:2008 Protective clothing. Protection against heat and flame. Limited flame spread materials, material
For other areas internationally, in addition to European Standards, there is the International Standards Organisation (ISO) - www.iso.org which publishes the following standards relating to firefighting: ISO 11613:1999 - Protective clothing for firefighters, Laboratory test methods and performance requirements; ISO 15384:2003 - Protective clothing for firefighters, Laboratory test methods and performance requirements for Wildland ISO 15384:2003. For North