European Standards for PPE

International Standards for Eye, Head & Hearing Protection


The General Standard Applicable to Protective Eyewear is the EN: 166.

EN:166   Personal Eye Protection Specification

EN:167   Optical Tests Methods

EN:168   Non-Optical Tests Methods

EN:169   Welding Filters

EN:170   UV Filters

EN:171   Infrared Filters

EN:172   Sun Glare Filers

EN:175   Equipment for eye & face protection During welding & allied products


EN:166: 2001 Optical Class of the lens

Lens Marking Recommended for Tolerance to Optical Power
1 Continuous Wear +/- 0.06 diopters
2 Intermittent Wear +/- 0.12 diopters
3 Occasional Wear +/- 0.25 diopters


Other Specific requirements

Symbol Mechanical Strength Requirements
No Symbol Basic Use
3 Liquids
4 Large Dust Particles
5 Gas & Fine Dust Particles
8 Short Circuit Electric Arc
9 Molten Metals & Hot Solids

Identification Symbols for Mechanical Strengths

Symbol Mechanical Strength Requirements
No Symbol Minimum Robustness
S Increased Robustness
F Low Energy Impact
B Medium Energy
A High Energy Impact

Symbol T is used in conjunction with F, B or A to indicate that the Eye Wear conforms to the High Speed particle Classification at extreme temperature.


ANSI Z87.1-American National Standards for Occupational & Eye & Face Protection Devices

Marking Indication
Z87 Complies with Basis Impact Testing Requirements
Z87+ Complies High Impact Testing Requirements

Symbol T is used in conjunction with F, B or A to indicate that the Eye Wear conforms to the High Speed particle Classification at extreme temperature.



Sheds of Lens & its Characteristics

Most of the FAB Brand Eyewear Lenses are made from Polycarbonate providing 99-.9% U.V Protection Prescription – Quality Clarity for better sight, Light Weight for more long Comfort to wearer & provides protection against most common hazards like Impact protection.

The right lens color is recommended for appropriate work condition & protection to avoid any damage or injury

Lens Colors Lens Scale EN standard Recommended Application
Clear 2.1-2 EN 166-EN 170 For Indoor & Outdoor work environment where normal to low light condition exist
Indoor/Outdoor I 5.1-7 EN 166-EN170, EN 172 Light Filter for outdoor work environment where sunlight & glare cause eyestrain & fatigue
Silver Mirror R 5-3-1 EN 166-EN 170, EN 172 Outdoor Use to reduce the sunlight & glare
Smoke 5.2-5 5.2-5 EN 166-EN 170 For Outdoor work environment where the sunlight & glare cause eyestrain.
Amber 2.1-2 EN:166, EN:169 To provide high visibility & contrast in low light condition,
I.R Shade 4-3.0 for Shed 3 & 4-5.0 For Shed 5 & EN:171 Provides protection against most common hazards like impact protection Shade 3 Torch Brazing, Torch Soldering & Cutting Operation, Welders assistants Shade 5 Welding, & Cutting Operations.




The European Norm for Helmet in General Use in EN: 397. The test is done to ensure the protection provided to wearer is against falling objects. The optional tests are for Helmet attachments fixed or Mounted Separately.



European EN 352 Standards define testing method for Hearing Protectors, based on directives 89/686/EEC on PPE, the basic requirement of design & use of hearing protectors against Harmful noise & Directive 2003/10/EEC defines minimum health & safety requirements for workers regarding noise exposure.

EN-352 1, 2 & 3 are the basic parts of EN 352 Standard of Hearing Protection.

EN 352 1 Testing a Safety Requirement of EARMUFF.

EN352 2 Testing a Safety Requirement of EARPLUG.

EN 352 3Testing Methods of EARMUFF attached to Industrial Safety Helmets.


These standards are used to make sure that the hearing protection provides a predictable level of protection. There are many levels depending on requirements /need. To comply with ANSI Standards, the products are tested by authorized testing agencies & the products are SOLD with NRR Marking (Noise Reduction Rating) NRR Range from 22 dB to 32dB applied to ear plugs & Ear Muff .


dB= Decibel is a unit of measurement used to check the intensity of sound.

SNR= Stands for peak Signal to noise ration.

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