EN 175 Eye and face protection in welding operations

EN 175 is the general European standard for personal protective equipment used for eye and face protection in welding and similar processes, such as cutting work. Eye and face protection with EN 175 certification must have a minimum size of the field of vision to allow welding work to be carried out safely. In addition, the certification includes that all materials used must be opaque in internal parts to prevent light reflection during welding. Specifically, EN 175 certified PPE protects against splashes of molten metal and other solid hot substances.

This is an optional test indicated by a '9' marking on the product. A complete overview of optional protection can be found in the general EN 166 standardisation. The EN 175 standard also indicates something about the mechanical resistance of welding goggles and welding masks. An 'F' marking indicates a low resistance of 45 m/s and a 'B' marking indicates a medium resistance of 120 m/s.