EN 510
Anti-entanglement protective clothing

UNI EN 510:1994 specifies the properties of protective clothing that minimize the risk of entanglement or entrapment by moving parts when the operator is working near or on hazardous moving machinery or equipment. It does not apply to protective clothing against injury caused by particular parts of moving machines for which specific standards exist, e.g. protective clothing for users of chainsaws.

Protection against entanglement

Entanglement is a hazard linked to mechanical risk. Using machinery and work equipment, the operator is exposed to numerous hazards:

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  • Crushing, a part of the body is crushed by two moving mechanical elements;
  • Shearing, when the use of machinery or equipment leads to the removal of a part of the body;
  • Cutting or severing, this type of injury occurs in the presence of a sharp mechanical element;
  • Perforation or puncture, penetration of a sharp element into a part of the body;
  • Cutting or severing, this type of injury occurs in the presence of a sharp mechanical element;
  • Projection of fluids, solid bodies or machine parts such as splashes or splinters that can hit the operator;
  • Impact, blow due to moving mechanical parts
  • Slipping, tripping or falling: frequent injuries in work at height;
  • Entanglement, dragging or entrapment.


The risk of entanglement is covered by the UNI EN 510:1994 standard and is a risk that should not be underestimated: parts of the body such as hands, hair, or objects such as laces, sleeves, ties, scarves, bracelets, watches, necklaces or other items that are worn, they can drag the operator by getting caught on the moving machine, following the movement of the machine itself.

The field of application

It is crucial to use anti-entanglement clothing to avoid getting stuck on machineries such as grinding wheels, rotating cylinders, chains and drive belts.
This type of clothing must be used in multiple tasks, for example by:

  • Turning workers;
  • Finishing workers;
  • Sandblasting workers;
  • Blanking workers;
  • Milling workers;
  • Plasma metal cutters;
  • Drawing workers;
  • Users of paper converting machines;
  • Mechanics;
  • Operators in manufacturing industries;
  • Industrial plant maintainers.

General requirements for anti-entanglement protective clothing

Anti-entanglement work clothing made according to the UNI EN 510:1994 standard must have specific characteristics to guarantee this type of protection.  Specifically:

  • Pockets must only be present on the inside of the garment and must be closed with Velcro;
  • Buttons, zips and buckles must be rust-proof;
  • Fasteners must be covered and quick-acting (velcro) for quick removal in an emergency;
  • All seams must be riveted on the inside;
  • Zip openings must be covered by flaps fastened by Velcro;
  • The pockets must be fastened with Velcro;
  • The folds created must be turned inwards;
  • The hem of the sleeves and trousers must be adjustable and fit perfectly the body (usually they are elasticated);
  • An internal adjustment system (generally elasticated) must be present at the waist.
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