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ISO 14116 is an international standard that is intended to specify the minimum performance requirements for limited flame spread properties of materials used in protective clothing. The overall purpose is to reduce the possibility of ignition in clothing which becomes a hazard to the wearer. PPE and other materials in compliance with ISO14116 are intended to offer worker protection only from brief contact and proximity to small flames – particular those with no notable or significant heat hazard.
Defining the ISO14116 Certification
Each certification uses a standard picture or pictogram to allow for easy identification on labeling and tech or data sheets. The standard pictogram for ISO14116 is a symbol of flame. The testing will produce a final index that is marked as “limited flame spread index/cleaning index”. The limited flame spread index listed will be the lowest value determined either before or after cleaning.
ISO14116 Testing Methods
Materials are testing using cleaning, aging, thermal performance and mechanical use. Cleaning takes place per the manufacturer’s instructions before each test on the basis of a standard procedure, including recommend wash settings and number of cycles. Age is considered, where performance tests take place after the maximum number of washes indicated by the manufacturer.
Thermal performance attempts to achieve limited flame spread by testing surface ignition before and after pretreatments. After application of test the material will receive a limited flame spread index.
For complete garments the mechanical performance is tested in accordance with ISO 13934 for tensile strength, tear resistance and seam strength.
On completion of testing, the material or garment is given one of the 3 limited flame spread index ratings.
ISO14116 Limited Flame Spread Index 1
To meet limited flame spread index 1, the material must give off no flaming debris. There must be no afterglow spreading from the carbonized area to the undamaged area once exposure to flame ceases. Most importantly, no spreading of the flame occurs. With limited flame spread index 1 classification, it is possible for a hole to form.
ISO14116 Limited Flame Spread Index 2
To meet limited flame spread index 1, the material can give off no flaming debris. There must be no afterglow spreading from the carbonized area to the undamaged area once exposure to flame ceases. There is zero hole formation in the material and zero spreading of flame across the material.
ISO14116 Limited Flame Spread Index 3
With limited flame spread index 3 there is no spreading of the flame across the material. No notable afterglow occurs and no flaming debris are present. Additional, zero hole formation occurs and any after-flame must be less than 2 seconds.