Protective Clothing Category III
Category III PPE is complex design equipment designed to protect the worker from risks more or less controllable by the individual, which can lead to death or serious and permanent injury (examples of Category III PPE are clothing for cold rooms, clothing for firefighters, electric arc protective clothing). Precisely for the serious protection nature of these devices, Category III PPE must be given to users only after they have been trained on their proper use.
What does Category III PPE protect against?
- Irritating, dangerous, toxic or radiotoxic gases;
- Substances and mixtures dangerous for the health;
- Chemical aggression and ionizing radiation;
- Harmful biological agents;
- Atmospheres with oxygen deficiency;
- High-temperature environments with effects comparable to those of an air temperature of at least 100°C;
- Low-temperature environments with effects comparable to those of an air temperature of -50°C or lower;
- Falls from above;
- Electric shocks or dangerous electrical voltages;
- Portable chainsaw cuts;
- High-pressure jets;
- Bullet or knife wounds;
- Harmful noise.
Category III personal protective equipment must have specific characteristics such as:
- CE declaration of conformity of the manufacturer to be attached to the technical documentation of the device;
- PPE and relative packaging marked with the CE marking;
- Grant of CE certification certificate issued by a regulatory agency;
- Control of the manufacturer’s quality system by the regulatory agency.
What garments are Category III?
Characteristics of the three PPE categories