Lab Services

Testing of Chemically Protective Suits

We test the effectiveness of chemically protective suits for manufacturers of protective equipment and also for major users, against the relevant UK and international standards. Our results are used as the basis of certification (CE marking) and are also used to assist in product development, as part of regular quality assurance testing by manufacturers and for reassurance of user industries. 

Our service includes advice on the standards and clauses required, clear specifications, liaison throughout the test programme and agreed schedule of delivery through to reporting. Our testing to the appropriate UK and European standards. IOM is a UKAS accredited testing laboratory No 0374. 

The tests that we offer are:

  • Practical performance testing* and total inward leakage testing for protective clothing, ventilated and non-ventilated (Types 1, 2 and 5) to European Standards ISO 13982 (parts 1 & 2) and ISO 1073 (parts 1 & 2). 
  • Determination of the resistance of Types 4 and 6 chemical protective clothing to penetration by a liquid spray to EN 17491-4 (spray test)
  • Determination of the resistance of Type 3 chemical protective clothing to penetration by a jet of liquid (jet test) to EN 17491-3
  • *Not covered by IOM's UKAS accreditation. 

Contact: Carolyn McGonagle, 0131 449 8000, or email or Jennifer Buick on 0131 449 8000 and email