Testing the effectiveness of protective coverall and PPE

Protective coveralls and PPE for testing for manufacturers

Protective coveralls and PPE are worn to protect people that work with substances hazardous to health. Manufacturers of this type of clothing must adhere to UK and International standards to determine the effectiveness of their products.

Within our laboratory, our expert team can establish the effectiveness of protective coverall against fine particle aerosols such as asbestos and other minerals, both heavy and light sprays of liquid and a jet of liquid.

As a UKAS accredited laboratory (0374) we provide testing services to many major manufacturers and end users of chemical protective suits.  You can be confident we carry out testing to relevant UK and International standards. 

Testing the effectiveness of protective coveralls are essential to keeping workers safe and healthy

Protective suits against hazardous materials is required in many professional and non-professional activities of everyday life.  Effective and adequate protection is needed when managing the following hazards:

  • Households e.g. cleaning agents, peroxides, acids and bases, paints
  • Agricultural e.g. fuel, pesticides
  • Medical settings e.g. pharmaceuticals and active ingredients
  • Industrial production e.g. petro-chemicals, chemicals, paints, adhesive and coatings
  • Manufacturing of products e.g. light bulbs, cars, semi-conductors
  • Emergency activities e.g. boat, rail or road accidents as well as fire-fighting in an urban and industrial setting
  • Military operations or response to incidents of terrorism.


We work with manufacturers of chemical protective suits to provide testing capabilities; our quantitative and qualitative data reporting provides vital insight in product development, material or component research, part of a QC or QA regime and informs part of the CE Marking process.

Our service provides specialist advice on standards, specifications and specialist liaison throughout the process of testing and reporting.

Chemical protective suits testing services:


  • Total Inward Leakage (TIL) to test the resistance of protective clothing both ventilated and non-ventilated (Type 5) to penetration by a fine particle aerosol. Tested to European Standards ISO13982(1/2) and ISO1073 (parts 1 and 2);
  • Practical Performance testing;
  • Light and Heavy spray testing (Types 4 and 6) for the determination of the resistance of protective clothing to penetration by a spray of liquid. Tested to EN17491-4(a);
  • Jet testing (Type 3) for the determination of resistance of protective clothing to penetration by a jet of liquid. Testing to EN17491-3 and tested to performance requirements set out in EN14605.

Protective coverall provides a last line of defence for chemical safety; it does not replace more proactive measures like COSHH risk assessments. To determine whether exposures are effectively prevented or adequately controlled see our workplace protection pages.

Contact: Ross Campbell, 0131 449 8000, or Ross Clark on 0131 449 8000, or complete the Quick Quote form below:


08 July

Application of health impact assessment for environmental and occupational exposures

  • 08 July 2021
  • 11:00-12:00

Join us on the 8th of July as Will Mueller shares insights on how to implement Health Impact Assessment (HIA) methods in environmental and occupational scenarios. His seminar will be of particular interest to those in occupational hygiene and air pollution research. The talk will allow others to capitalise on what went well and learn from some of the challenges, leading to more accurate, informed and impactful research from colleagues. 

The HIA is an important evaluation tool used to judge the potential health effects of a policy, programme or project on a population, particularly on vulnerable or disadvantaged groups and by using it in different settings it can help to facilitate cleaner environments and healthier workplaces.  

Running from 11:00-12:00 there will be a presentation followed by questions. 

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