China Updates Mandatory Standard for Flame Retardant Protective Clothing

China updates its mandatory standard for flame retardant protective
clothing – GB 8965.1-2020.

The standard covers flame retardant protective clothing designed to
protect the wearer from flame, sparking, and in flashover dangerous places with
flammable substances.

The main technical changes include:

  • Revision and
    addition of normative references, some terms and definitions, requirements for
    stitch distance, requirements for seam strength for trouser back rise seam and
    shoulder seam, test specimen number for heat resistance and thermal protective
    performance, inspection rule and marking requirement. The test method of
    thermal stability in annex B of GB 8965.1-2009 has been revised as annex A of
    GB 8965.1-2020
  • Requirements for
    the following have been added:
    1. Knitted fabric
      and clothing
    2. Banned azo colorants
      and odor
    3. Lining
    4. Flame retardant
      property of seams + new test method
    5. Seam strength
    6. Whole garment
      test against fire exposure on thermal manikin

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  • Deletions
    1. Flame-retardant
      protective clothing of grade C and its requirements
    2. Requirement for
      bending behavior of fabric
    3. Annex A test
      method of thermal protective performance in GB 8965.1-2009

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Issued by the Standardization Administration of China, the new standard
was included in China’s No. 18 announcement of newly approved national
standards for 2020. It replaces the version iteration – GB 8965.1-2009 – and
will come into effect on August 1, 2021.

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