Safety helmets Standards

Standards and Directives

Of course, based on regulation (EU) 2016/425 on personal protective equipment (PPE) our products meet all the necessary standards, and not just that – we always require that little bit more from our products. This ensures the extra safety that our customers – rightly – expect from us.

DIN EN 397 – Protection from falling objects

Industrial safety helmets from uvex comply with standard DIN EN 397, which states that they must be designed to protect the wearer from falling objects. Protection against mechanical impacts to the head safeguards the user against possible consequences such as brain injuries or skull fractures. The standard also includes protection against lateral deformation of the helmet, as well as protecting the wearer from dangerous head injuries.

Industrial safety helmets that comply with standard DIN EN 397 generally meet the following safety requirements:

Binding requirements optional requirements
All helmets certified according to EN 397 must meet these requirements. A helmet certified in accordance with EN 397 may meet these requirements; they are, however, not mandatory requirements.
shock absorption, vertical very low temperatures (-20 °C or -30 °C)
penetration resistance (against sharp and pointed objects) very high temperatures (+150 °C)
flame resistance electrical insulation (440 V)
chin strap attachment: chin strap releases at minimum 150N and maximum 250 N molten metal (MM)
  lateral deformation

Model overview

EN 50365 – Insulating helmets for use on low voltage installations

Protection against electric shocks and prevention of dangerous electric current passing through the head


  • All helmets must also meet the requirements in accordance with EN 397.
  • Protection against alternating voltage of up to 1000 V (AC) or direct voltage up to 1500 V (DC)
  • Insulating helmets must not contain any conductive parts.
  • Air vents (if available) must not allow any accidental contact with live parts.

EN 12492 – Helmets for mountaineers

Protection against hazards that may occur during activities undertaken by mountaineers


  • Shock absorption, vertical, frontal, lateral, dorsal
  • Penetration resistance
  • Carrier element (chin strap releases at min. 500N)
  • Strength of carrier element: Chin strap may exhibit maximum elongation of 25mm
  • Carrier element effectiveness: Helmet must not slide from the head

EN 1078 – Cycling helmet

Helmets for pedal cyclists and for users of skateboards and roller skates


  • absorbs impact from vertical force
  • the effectiveness of the retention system must be ensured via a retention test
  • the mechanical strength of the chin strap must be ensured — the maximum permissible elongation is 35 mm