This document applies to visors designed specifically to be fitted to and/or used with helmets conforming to EN 443 when used by firefighters, or helmets which conform to EN 443 or prEN 14052 when used by ambulance and emergency services, as the situation dictates. They are intended to provide protection against the various hazards expected to be encountered in firefighting, ambulance and emergency service duties, except respiratory, smoke, and gas /vapour hazards.
Three types of visor are described in this document. One provides protection against general hazards; the second additionally provides protection against heat and flame. The third type of visor incorporates mesh oculars, and is intended for use in very limited circumstances. This document also describes two forms for all three types of visors; face guards that provide both eye and face protection; eye guards that are shorter and effectively provide only eye protection.
The requirements of this document do not apply to visors intended for use without a helmet. Such requirements are given in EN 166.
Visors with corrective effect are excluded from the scope of this document.