EN 1149-5

Electrostatic discharge protection clothing

Picto standard EN 1149-5

Personal protective equipment EN 1149-5

  • Clothing whose fabrics and design, alongside a grounding system, avoids inflammatory discharges in explosive atmospheres.
    • Electrostatic properties achieved by treatment or addition of conductive fibres (stainless steel, carbon etc.)
    • EN ISO 20345:2004 standard A antistatic footwear
    • Keep garment in contact with skin – Collar/cuffs or a grounding band.
    • No badges

⚠ These requirements may be inadequate in certain oxygen-heavy atmospheres or ATEX Gas/Dust areas. This standard does not apply to protection against voltage.

What does the regulation say?

  • Directive 1999/92/EC – Annex 2 – Part 3

In order to prevent the risk of ignition, in accordance with Article 3, electrostatic discharges from workers or the working environment as charge carriers or generators must also be taken into account. Workers must be equipped with appropriate work clothing made of materials that do not generate electrostatic discharges that could ignite explosive atmospheres.


  • Regulation

    EU 2016/425- Clause 2.6

PPE for use in potentially explosive atmospheres.

PPE intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres must be designed and constructed in such a way that it cannot be the site of an electrical, electrostatic or shock-related arc or spark which could ignite an explosive mixture.

ATEX visual to identify the PPE with the 1149-5 standard in the Cepovett range

ATEX ZONES : Exposed professions

  • Transport, Storage of explosive or combustible materials
  • Cleaning of tanks, silos, containers having contained explosive or combustible materials
  • Silos (agriculture, food industry, cement plants…)
  • Chemicals, petrochemicals, preparations (paints, solvents…)
  • Plastics
  • Energy (thermal power plants, gas storage and distribution)
  • Wood sector (sawmills, joineries)
  • Alcohol (distillery)
  • Metallurgy (blast furnaces, coking plant)
  • Mines and quarries
  • Industries implementing or using natural gas
  • Service stations, car garages
  • Arts and entertainment (Pyrotechnics, cinema, theater)
  • Waste incinerators
  • Pharmaceutical industry
  • Nuclear industry
  • Also exposed are the professions that handle, store, transport substances such as: flour, sugar, milk, coal, sulfur, starch, cereals, wood, plastics, metals…)

To date, standard 1149-5 remains the reference standard for protective clothing intended for use in the following areas