EN 812 Standard

The EN 812 standard is a European standard aimed at guaranteeing protection of the head of the wearer of PPE. In this way, it concerns safety caps for the industry.

EN 812 certified guarantee

European standard EN 812: 2012 must meet several criteria: strength, robustness, ventilation and comfort. It is thus composed:

  • A ventilated protective shell which is the central element of the standard. This shell must be studied and tested in order to meet all requirements and all body types.
  • A support device: Neck band or an adaptable chin strap.
EN 812 Standard
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Safety caps are tested to validate European standard NF EN 812. Indeed, the tests are carried out with various hard and / or blunt objects by alternating the temperature to observe resistance to cold or heat. Therefore, if you want to know more about European standard EN 812, order them from l’AFNOR.

In addition, all our Surflex caps are guaranteedby the EN 812 standard.. As a result, they therefore offer protection state certified with European compliance and optimal comfort thanks to the work of our R&D team. Also find the technical characteristics of our bump caps. Our Surflex EN 812 / A1 2012, protective shells are thus patented in order to protect the invention from reproduction and exploitation.

However, an impact cap is not intended to protect against the effects of falling objects. In this case, the bump cap must not replace a protective helmet for industry according to the EN 397 Standard.

Surflex at the service of professional safety

Employers' obligations in terms of PPE: directive 89/656 / EEC

This European directive sets out the minimum health and safety requirements for workers using PPE (Personal protective equipment) in order to strengthen thebetter level of securityin the workplace.

In addition, according to article R.4321-4 of the labor code, the employer must provide workers with personal protective equipment (PPE) adapted to their sector of activity and must also ensure that they use them. in an effective way.

Obligations of PPE wearers

On the other hand,with regard to users of PPE and in accordance with article L.4122-1 of the Labor Code on the obligation of workers, it states that users have a responsibility to respect the conditions of the internal regulations / the instructions of the employer in order to protect themselves and others.
In the event that the user does not respect the safety rules, it is his own responsibility which is at stake and no longer that of the employer.

How to pass the tests applied to obtain the EN 812 standard?


  • First, the samples must be submitted for testing in the state in which they are offered for sale. In addition, a number of samples are submitted for testing.
  • Second, the packaging enclosure must also be large enough so that the product does not touch the walls.


1. Low temperatures

Pass the resistance tests at low temperature: at -10 ° C between 4 hours and 24 hours.

2. High temperatures

Also withstand high temperature: that is to say an exposure between 4h and 24h at 50 ° C.

3. Water immersion

Survive resistance tests in water immersion: therefore survive fully immersed between 4 hours and 24 hours at a temperature of 20 ° C.

4. Artificial aging

The shell cap must also pass the tests of resistance to artificial aging: products subjected to radiation from a xenon lamp. Caps should not touch each other or any wall of the enclosure.

5. Resistance test

Pass the stress tests in a test atmosphere : 22 ° C (+ - 5 ° C).

6. Shock absorption

A percussion mass of 5 kg whose percussive face is flat of 100 mm must be positioned above the false head and nothing must hinder its fall. In addition, the percussive mass must be dropped on the top of the helmet shell at a height of 300 mm (+ - 5mm), which corresponds to an energy of 12.5j.

7. Penetration resistance

The cap must also resist penetration: A percussive mass of 500g that is dropped from a height of 300 mm (+ - 5 mm).

8. Flame resistance

Finally, it is also tested for flame resistance: Product exposed to a flame of at least 95% pure propane for at least 10 sec. 5 sec after removal of the flame, note whether the product continues to burn with flame production.