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Class Specification 

When it comes to PPE classification it can be difficult to understand which class offers the best protection. It is important that you understand PPE can’t provide absolute protection from injury but can make the difference between severe and minor injuries. It is recommended that you always follow manufacturing safety instructions from your user manual.

Items which resist cutting at 16m/s are classified as Class 0 specification which is usually the level selected for gloves, upper body protectors and gaiters. As you move up in classes, more layers of protective material is required meaning the garment can become thicker and more uncomfortable.

For leg protectors the lowest protection level required is Class 1.


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If PPE is cut or becomes torn it is recommended that you re-new the item of clothing to ensure safety is not compromised.

Type A & Type C Specification

Type A – protection is on the front of the legs which is ideal for users working on the ground. This protection is usually found in chaps or conventional trousers.

Type C – protection is offered all-round the legs and are usually found in ordinary trousers which are generally used by Arborists who climb offering them complete all round chainsaw protection even when working in awkward positions.

High Visibility Standard Specication

Under EN471 high visibility clothing is divided into 3 classifications. Class 1 is the lowest visibility level and 3 is the highest. To determine if your clothing is high vis check the label for a high visibility waistcoat symbol.

EU Standards Specification

  • EN381-1 Identifies requirements for the test equipment and basic design of the chainsaw cut test.
  • EN381-2 & EN381-5 covers testing and requirements for leg protectors
  • EN381-3 Covers testing for chainsaw boots and footwear. Requirements for chainsaw protection is contained in EN ISO 17249:2004
  • EN381-4 & EN381-7 Covers the testing and requirements for chainsaw gloves
  • EN381-8 & EN381-9 Covers the testing and requirements for gaiters
  • EN381-10 & EN381-11 Covers the testing and requirements for upper body protectors