PPE Classifications

Categories according to the 89/686/EEC Directive 'Personal Protective Equipment'

Buoyancy Aid 50N - EN393

50NOnly suitable for use by capable swimmers and should only be used at or on sheltered waters where help is rapidly available. Not safe in case of unconsciousness. NOT A LIFEJACKET! For users of 30kg and over. The Besto 50N Dinghy is suited to situations demanding extensive freedom of movement, for example canoeing, jet skiing, sailing.

 

Lifejacket 100N - EN395

100NSuitable for use at or on inland and sheltered waters. Offers limited safety in case of unconsciousness and when wearing waterproof clothing. Suitable for children and adults at or on inland and sheltered waters during normal weather conditions and wearing light clothing. Offers good protection for both swimmers and non-swimmers. The 100N lifejackets are designed to turn an unconscious user onto his/her back to keep the airways clear of water.

 

Lifejacket 150N - EN396

150NFor swimmers and non-swimmers. Suitable for use at or on open and coastal waters. Offers limited safety in case of unconsciousness when wearing heavy waterproof clothing. Suitable for children and adults at or on open and coastal waters in heavy weather conditions and wearing light (rain) clothing. The 150N lifejackets are designed to turn an unconscious user onto his/her back to keep the airways clear of water.

 

Lifejacket 275N - EN399

275NIdeal for use with heavy, waterproof clothing at or on the sea in extremely heavy weather conditions. Safe for use in the case of unconsciousness under almost all conditions.

 

Please note: A lifejacket or buoyancy aid will only be effective when:

  • you have chosen the right category and model according to your needs
  • you have chosen the right size according to the weight of the wearer
  • you wear the lifejacket/buoyancy aid and maintain in regularly
  • you wear the lifejacket/buoyancy aid when there is a risk of falling into the water
  • you do not cover your lifejacket/buoyancy aid with garments/straps
  • you test the jacket before using it and ensure a child knows how to float in a lifejacket

Lifejackets and Buoyancy aids only reduce the risk of drowning. They do not guarantee rescue.