ISO 11612:2015 specifies performance requirements for protective clothing made from flexible materials, which are designed to protect the wearer’s body, except the hands, from heat and/or flame. For protection of the wearer’s head and feet, the only items of protective clothing falling within the scope of ISO 11612:2015 are gaiters, hoods, and overboots. However, concerning hoods, requirements for visors and respiratory equipment are not given.

The performance requirements set out in ISO 11612:2015 are applicable to protective clothing which could be worn for a wide range of end uses, where there is a need for clothing with limited flame spread properties and where the user can be exposed to radiant or convective or contact heat or to molten metal splashes.

The purpose of this International Standard is to provide minimum performance requirements for clothing to protect against heat and flame, which could be worn for a wide range of end uses. All the other standards listed in this Introduction deal also with clothing to protect against heat and flame, but rather for quite specific products or end uses.Within many of the hazards listed in this International Standard there are three performance levels:

  • Level 1 to indicate exposure to low risk;
  • Level 2 to indicate exposure to medium risk;
  • Level 3 to indicate exposure to high risk.