Protective Clothing Category I
According to the “Regulation (EU) 2016/425 of 9 March 2016 on personal protective equipment,” personal protective equipment (PPE) is classified into three main groups based on the risks associated with distinct types of work.
Specifically, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) falls under Category I when it provides protection against minor physical risks that do not cause irreversible injury. This PPE, therefore, protects against superficial injury caused by:
- Mechanical tools;
- Cleaning materials or prolonged contact with water;
- Contact with hot objects, not exceeding 50°C;
- Ordinary atmospheric phenomena encountered during professional activities;
- Minor collisions and vibrations that could lead to permanent injury to vital organs;
- Eye injuries resulting from exposure to sunlight (distinct from injuries resulting from observing the sun).
Category I PPE is designed so that the wearer can assess its effectiveness. Another crucial requirement, as defined in the “Regulation (EU) 2016/425 of 9 March 2016 on personal protective equipment,” is that every garment or device falling into this category must possess a CE declaration of conformity issued by the manufacturer, and the CE marking must be affixed to the PPE and its packaging.