EN 13034

Protective clothing against liquid chemicals -
Performance requirements for chemical protective clothing offering limited protective performance against liquid chemicals

Standard for protective clothing that provides limited protection against liquid chemicals. Suitable for work in environments where there may be a risk of chemical splashes, but where a total chemical barrier is not required.

The standard has two classes:

  • Type 6 clothing has been tested as a full suit.
  • Type PB[6] (Partial Body Protection) has not been tested as a full suit.

Design requirements

Seams must prevent fluid from penetrating through stitches or through other seam components, and ensure that fluid runs off. There must be no folds/pleats/pockets or similar, where chemicals may accumulate.

Textile requirements

Mechanical strength, liquid repellency, resistance to liquid penetration.

The following chemicals are tested in accordance with EN 14325:

  • Sulphuric acid, H2SO4, 30%.
  • Sodium hydroxide, NaOH, 10%.
  • O-xylene, undiluted.
  • 1-butanol, undiluted.


Prior to use, the garment must be checked to make sure it is intact, that it fits and that the wearer knows how it is opened and removed. Two-piece protective clothing should be used together to achieve the specified level of protection. If chemicals accidentally splash onto the garment, move away from the area, carefully remove the garment, and make sure that no chemicals or liquid are present on the body. The garment must then be washed/cleaned, and thentreated according to the washing instructions, so that the protective properties are not destroyed by dirt. If this is not possible, the garment should be taken out of use.

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