Protective clothing for use in violent situations and in training (Public order)
Coveralls that are used in violent situations and in training (typically by the police) have to be extensively tested to ensure that the wearer is protected against heat, flame and certain liquids which may be burning.
In 2014, content from BS 7971 Parts 1, 2 & 10 and Home Office publication, Flame retardant overalls standard for UK police (2008) were amalgamated to produce a single standard referenced BS 7971-10:2014 – Protective clothing and equipment for use in violent situations and in training; Part 10: Coveralls – Requirements and test methods.
The following tests are performed on the coverall in the “as received” (new) condition:
- Colour fastness – BS EN ISO 105-B02, X12, C06 and E04.
- Dimensional change due to cleaning – BS EN ISO 5077
The following tests are performed after five wash/dry cycles in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions to ISO 6330:
- Tensile, tear & seam strength – ISO 13934-1, ISO 13937-2 & ISO 13935-2
- Abrasion resistance – BS EN 530
- Water vapour resistance – BS EN 31092
- Resistance to flame spread – BS EN ISO 15025
- Resistance to heat transmission on exposure to flame – ISO 9151
- Resistance to heat transmission on repeated exposure to flame – ISO 9151
- Resistance to heat transmission on exposure to a radiant heat source – ISO 6942
- Resistance to contact heat transmission – BS EN 702
- Resistance to penetration by liquids – ISO 6330
- Resistance to flame spread following chemical exposure – ISO 6530 / ISO 15025
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