I.P.E. Guides

Personal protective equipment

Personal protective equipment (PPE) protects you from the safety and health risks associated with your activity. Strictly in accordance with the regulations in force, they must also be very comfortable to allow you maximum freedom of movement. Follow our guide to choose the right professional clothing for your job.

There are 3 categories of I.P.E.

E.P.I. Category 1
Minor risks
E.P.I. Category 2
Intermediate risks
E.P.I. Category 3
Fatal risks
Protects against risks without irreversible consequences for the worker's health
Protects against potentially irreversible but non-lethal risks
Protects against serious and deadly risks
CE (Conformité Européenne)
CE (Conformité Européenne)
CE (European Conformity) + number of the approved laboratory which carried out the production control

Serving your visibility

High visibility clothing

Colorful I.P.E. for dangerous situations or poor visibility: the safety of men and women working in these conditions must not be compromised. Lafont’s ranges guarantee protection for wearers while offering a modern and elegant look.

EN 20471

EN 20471 : Day and night signage

These standardized protective garments are intended for the visual signalling of the user in all lighting conditions during the day (with a fluorescent support) as well as at night under the effect of vehicle headlights (with reflective strips). The European standard EN 20471 is the only standard that applies to signaling clothing for professional and private use.

It defines 3 classes, class 3 corresponding to the maximum requirements:

In the service of your protection

Multi-risk clothing

Because worker safety is our priority, Lafont has worked with experts and professionals to design ranges dedicated to high-risk environments. Whether mechanical, chemical or thermal, these risks require equipment that is adapted and strictly complies with current standards. With our multi-risk ranges, worker protection is assured with certified and field-approved outfits.

EN 11611

EN 11611 : Protective clothing for welding and allied processes

This standardized workwear protects the wearer from small splashes of molten metal, brief contact with flames and radiant heat from an arc.

EN 13034

EN 13034 : Protective clothing against light chemical splashes

This standardized protective clothing protects the wearer from light chemical splashes occurring at low pressure, such as sprays or splashes of less hazardous chemicals. These garments do not protect against solvents.

IEC 61482-2

IEC 61482-2 : Protective clothing against the thermal effects of an electric arc

These standardized work clothes protect the wearer from the thermal effect of a parasitic arc (not from the dangers of electrification) and prevent further combustion.

EN 11612

EN 11612 : Protective clothing against heat and flames

This standardized workwear ensures limited flame spread and protects against radiant, convective and contact heat as well as molten metal droplets.

The protection indices can be explained as follows:

EN 1149-5

EN 1149-5 : Antistatic protective clothing

Standard electrostatically dissipative protective clothing prevents discharges.

EN 61340-5-1

EN 61340-5-1: Protective clothing against electrostatic phenomena

Protection of electronic devices against electrostatic phenomena in accordance with the requirements of the ESD control program necessary for the manufacture of electrostatic discharge sensitive components.

Our job is to ensure your safety

Personal protective equipment (PPE) protects you from the safety and health risks associated with your activity. Strictly in accordance with the regulations in force, they must also be very comfortable to allow you maximum freedom of movement.

What are the employer's commitments?

The employer is subject to regulatory obligations if all or some of its employees use I.P.E. :

  • Conduct a risk assessment for each position
  • Choose equipment to cover the risks
  • Provide equipment free of charge to employees
  • Ensure the proper use of the equipment by the carriers
  • Maintain and keep the I.P.E. in good condition

How to choose the right E.P.I.?

With the assistance of the C.H.S.C.T. (or the Labour Inspectorate) and the staff representatives, the employer must carry out an analysis and an evaluation of the various risks to be covered. This will provide the customer with all the essential information on the various types of aggression to which the personal protective equipment will be exposed at the time of ordering or tendering.

When to use an I.P.E.?

According to the regulations, an I.P.E. must be used when the risks cannot be avoided and are not sufficiently covered by other means of protection (collective protection techniques or work organization measures).


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