News in sight for lifejackets and buoyancy aids!

Thursday, 03 September 2020 16:04 Personal Protective Equipment
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Lifejackets and buoyancy aids are personal protective equipment for the protection of the person during recreational or professional activities at sea.

Lifejacket is a device that guarantees buoyancy on the back of the person wearing it even in rough waters and is also able to ensure that the person is straightened.

Buoyancy aid is a device with more limited buoyancy characteristics and no straightening capacity.

Lifejackets fall within the scope of the EN ISO 12402 family of technical standards.

Class 50 N (Newton) - ISO 12402-5 jackets belong to the "buoyancy aids" category and should only be used for recreational and sports activities performed below the coast. They can be used, for example, on canoes, kayaks, jet skis, windsurfing and kitesurfing.

Class 100 N - ISO 12402-4 life-jackets are already part of the "lifejackets" category and are the minimum requirement for boats and recreational craft sailing within 6 MM from the coast.

The 150 N - ISO 12402-3 class lifejackets must be present on board of recreational craft that can navigate beyond 6 MM from the coast.

Class 275 N - ISO 12402-2 jackets are suitable for all types of use.

 

Standard with a previous version harmonised

EN ISO 12402-5:2020 Personal flotation devices - Part 5: Buoyancy aids (level 50) - Safety requirements (ISO 12402-5:2020)
The standard indicates the safety requirements for buoyancy aids, performance level 50. It is applicable to buoyancy aids for adults and children with a body mass greater than 25 kg only, used in sheltered waters.

EN ISO 12402-6:2020 Personal flotation devices - Part 6: Special application lifejackets and buoyancy aids - Safety requirements and additional test methods (ISO 12402-6:2020)
The standard indicates the safety requirements and additional test methods for special application lifejackets and buoyancy aids for adults, children or infants. It is for use in conjunction with ISO 12402‑2:2020, ISO 12402‑3:2020, ISO 12402‑4:2020 and ISO 12402‑5:2020, as applicable.

EN ISO 12402-8:2020 Personal flotation devices - Part 8: Accessories - Safety requirements and test methods (ISO 12402-8:2020)
The standard indicates the safety requirements and test methods for accessories used for personal flotation devices.

  

Not harmonised standards

EN ISO 12402-2:2020 Personal flotation devices - Part 2: Lifejackets, performance level 275 - Safety requirements (ISO 12402-2:2020)
The standard indicates the safety requirements for lifejackets, performance level 275. It is applicable to lifejackets for adults, children or infants, for offshore use under severe conditions, or when protective clothing is being used or additional loads are being carried.

EN ISO 12402-3:2020 Personal flotation devices - Part 3: Lifejackets, performance level 150 - Safety requirements (ISO 12402-3:2020)
The standard indicates the safety requirements for lifejackets, performance level 150. It is applicable to lifejackets used by adults, children and infants, for general, offshore or rough water use, or when the users are fully clothed.

EN ISO 12402-4:2020 Personal flotation devices - Part 4: Lifejackets, performance level 100 - Safety requirements (ISO 12402-4:2020)
The standard indicates the safety requirements for lifejackets, performance level 100. It is applicable to lifejackets used by adults, children and infants, for use in sheltered or calm water, or when the users are fully clothed.

EN ISO 12402-9:2020 Personal flotation devices - Part 9: Evaluation (ISO 12402-9:2020)
The standard indicates the processes for evaluation of personal flotation devices for fulfilment of the requirements in ISO 12402‑2:2020 to ISO 12402‑6:2020.

 

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