Standards and Marking

EN 340:2003 - EN ISO 13688:2013
Protective clothing - General performance requirements

This standard specifies general performance requirements for ergonomics, ageing, size designation and marking of protective clothing. Clothing shall be designed and manufactured to provide users with the highest comfort. Components and materials shall not cause adverse effects to the user like allergy, irritation or lesion. The size range shall be based on body dimensions.


EN 342:2004
Protective clothing - Protection against cold

This standard specifies the requirements for performance of clothing ensembles i.e. two piece suits or coveralls) against environment characterized by the combination of cold, humidity and wind at air temperature below –5 °C. Specific linings and special technical devices allow the garment to breathe and at the same time to keep the user warm.

X: Thermic insulation of the garment on a moving manikin
Y: Thermic insulation of the garment on a stationary manikin(optional)*
Z: Garment breathability (class 1 to 3)
W: Resistance to water penetration class (optional)* (class 1 to 2)
*X indicates that the garment has not been submitted to testing.


UNI EN 343:2008
Protective clothing - Protection against rain.

This European Standard specifies requirements and test methods applicable to material and seams of protective clothing against the influence of precipitation (e.g. rain, snowflakes) fog and ground humidity. Garments shall be designed and manufactured paying particularly attention to water penetration and using waterproof and breathable materials in order to ensure absolute waterproofness to the garment as well as outstanding comfort level.

X: resistance to water penetration (class 1 to 3)
Y: water vapour resistance (class 1 to 3)


EN 14058:2004

Garments for protection against cool environments.

This European Standard specifies requirements and test methods for the performance of single garments for protection against cooling of the body in cool environment.  

Cool environment: environment characterized in general as a possible combination of humidity and wind at temperature of -5 °C and above.

At moderate low temperature garments against local body cooling are not only used for outdoor activities e.g. in construction industry but can be used for indoor activities.  


Y: Thermal Resistance (Rct)

Y: Air permeability (optional)

Y: Water penetration resistance (optional)

Y: Thermal insulation measured on moving manikin Icler (m2 K/W) (optional)

Y: Thermal insulation measured on stationary manikin Icler (m2 K/W) (optional)


X indicates that the garment has not been submitted to one of the two optional tests. 

EN ISO 14116:2008
Performance requirements of materials


This standard specifies the performance requirements of materials, material assemblies and limited flame spread protective clothing in order to reduce the possibility of the clothing burning and thereby itself constituting a hazard.









Flame spread

No specimen shall permit any part of the lowest boundary of any flame to reach the upper or vertical edge




Flaming debris

No specimen shall give off flaming debris





No afterglow shall spread from the carbonized area to the undamaged area after the cessation of flaming




Hole formation

No specimen shall show hole formation





The afterflame time of each individual specimen shall not exceed 2 s

 NOTE: The propagation rate of limited flame must always be indicated with the cleaning rate as follows: X propagation rate of Y limited flame. Number of washing cycles the specimen was subjected to - I (industrial laundry) -H (domestic laundry) -C (dry cleaning with perchloroethylen) /Z washing temperature. Example: PETERSBURG, PECS and MELK items 1/30H/40 indicates a material complying with the flammability rate 1, subjected 30 times to domestic laundry at 40 °C.

EN 1149-5:2008
Protective clothing - Protection against electrostatic charges



The standard specifies the requirements of both materials and construction of garments for electrostatic dissipation, to be used as a part of a whole system of ground wire in order to avoid electric discharge which may cause fire.

Protective clothing against electrostatic charges


Direttiva EU 1999/92/CE - ATEX (ATmospheres EXplosibles)

The EU Directive 1999/92/CE (Atex Directive) indicates the requirements for safety and health protection of workers potentially at risk from explosive atmospheres. COFRA’s garments (Hazard, Ring, Emergency) comply with all requirements about the materials and the manufacturing indicated by the standard UNI EN 1149-5 (antistatic garments): they avoid that electrostatic discharges cause fires, thus making the garment suitable to be used in ATEX environments.


EN 13034:2005+A1:2009
Protective clothing - Protection against liquid chemicals

This standard specifies performance and minimum protective requirements of clothes designed to provide a limited protection against liquid chemicals.

A1: Resistance to penetration


EN 14605:2005+A1:2009
Protective clothing against liquid chemicals

The standard specifies the minimum requirements for the garment protecting against splashes (Type 4). Compared to garments Type 6 (protection against liquid splashes) this standard includes the possibility that the operator, above all in case of emergency, gets in touch with the contaminant for a prolonged time and in a considerably higher quantity (Permeation Test).


EN ISO 13982-1:2004 +A1:2010
Protective clothing for use against solid particulates

The standard specifies the minimum requirements for the garment protecting against chemicals resistant to penetration of airborne solid particulates (Type 5).


EN 14126:2003
Performance requirements and tests methods for protective clothing against infective agents

Clothing providing protection of body in environments where the risk evaluation shows the presence and possibility for the skin to get in touch with hazardous biological agents, like viruses, bacteria, fungi and so on.


EN 1073-2:2002
Protective clothing against radioactive contamination.


The standard specifies requirements and tests methods for non-ventilated protective clothing against particulate radioactive contamination. The nominal protection factor (100/TILA) is observed: TILA is the total inward leakage, that is to say the relationship, provided in percentage, between the concentration of the particulates inside the garment and the one inside the test chamber. According to the value, the overall is classified as indicated in the chart.


Medium value of the total inward leakage in the garment into 3 positions and during all activities (TILA)

Nominal protection factor 100/ TILA












OEKO-TEX® is a voluntary certification of product through which the certified company commits itself to keep in time the safeness of its own products. The OEKO-TEX® 100 mark guarantees that the textiles (or accessories of the textiles, metallic ones included) do not contain or release harmful substances for the consumer (pesticides, heavy metals, formaldehyde, aromatic amines, allergy-inducing dyestuffs and so on). The garments certified by OEKO-TEX® comply with the requirements demanded by the standard EN ISO 13688:2013 and they abide by the requirements of the attachment XVII of REACH (regulation 552:2009) having the textile product as area of pertinence.



In order to safeguard the consumers’ health, the European Union issued the REACH regulation (come into force on 1st June 2007) which forbids the use of certain chemicals. COFRA guarantees the compliance of all its garments with the REACH regulation; they do not contain forbidden or limited substances (Aromatic amines and 4-aminobenzoic acid deriving from azo dyes, heavy metals, phthalates, and so on) and, to guarantee it, all garments and accessories used during production are subjected to controls.


All our fabrics and products are tested to be long lasting, washing after washing. To get the maximum duration of COFRA Workwear products we recommend, for maintenance and washing, to follow carefully what the labels and the informative note report about products care. Please find below a description of the main care symbols we have made reference to.

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