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BS EN 397

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Publication Date:
January 1995


British Standard EN 397:1995 (BS EN 397:1995) details physical and performance requirements, methods of test and marketing requirements for general-use industrial safety helmets. The helmet manufacturer may provide additional optional performance requirements. Industrial safety helmets are used to protect the wearer against falling objects and possible serious injury. Performance requirements for the helmet shell are provided. Mandatory requirements such as shock absorption, resistance to penetration, flame resistance, chin strap anchorages, and label are addressed. Physical requirements for industrial safety helmets including materials and construction, external vertical distance, internal vertical distance, internal vertical clearance, horizontal distance, and wearing height are included. The European Standard EN 397:1995, with the incorporation of amendment A1:2000, has the status of a British Standard

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