EN 381-5

"EN 381- EUROPEAN LAW ABOUT PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT FOR HAND-HELD CHAINSAW USERS"

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for hand-held chainsaw users shall be in according to the European law EN 381 and shall have a logo that shows EN 381 and a chainsaw.
Is to be noted that in many countries (Italy, France, Germany, United Kindom, etc.) wear personal protective equipment is mandatory for professional foresters.

The norm is divided into plus shares, each of which has been dedicated to a part of the body:   

  • EN 381-1:1994. Personal Protective Equipment for hand-held chainsaw
  • EN 381-5: 2001. Personal Protective Equipment to protect legs
  • EN 381-7: 2001. Requirements relating to chainsaw protective gloves
  • EN 381-9: 1999. Requirements relating to chainsaw protective leggings
  • EN 381-11: 2004.Requirements relating to the upper body.

The law prescribes also 4 Classes corresponding to the chainsaw speed with which have been performed tests. All classes are not used necessarily for each part of the norm.

  • Class 0 : 16 m/s
  • Class 1 : 20 m/s
  • Class 2 : 24 m/s
  • Class 3 : 28 m/s

EN 381-5

 TYPE A
 g422
 FRONT  REAR
On the front of both legs protection covers 180°, more 5 cm on the lower part of the legs and 5 cm on the outer part of the left leg.
 g510
 LEFT  RIGHT
 g386 Side protected g406 Unprotected side
 TYPE B
 g442
 FRONT  REAR
Similar to the type A, with more 5 cm of protection on the lower part of the left leg.
 g558
 LEFT  RIGHT
 g386 Side protected g406 Unprotected side
 TYPE C
 g446
FRONT  REAR
Protection covers 360°. Complete protection on the right leg  and complete protection on the left leg.
 g614
 LEFT  RIGHT
 g386 Side protected g406 Unprotected side


Part 5 specifies requirements to protect legs.
This norm defines three different designe classes of protective equipment for legs, according to the degree of protection that is been applied:

A- Front protection
B- Front and lateral protection
C- Total protection

  • In principle, Design A and B are destined to be used in normal work of professional foresters previusly well trained and informed about the field.
  • Design C are destined to be used by persons who don't usually work with chiansaw, or in exceptional situations.

 

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RESISTANCE TO ABRASION

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RESISTANCE TO THE STRENGHT