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Security level

Posted By: Erk17 Times Read: 489

The security level of a paper shredder is determined by the size of the strips after shredding. The smaller the strips, the more difficult it is to be able to put all strips together and try and read the document. This is something to take into account when choosing a shredder. The shredded documents might contain sensitive information that you don't want external parties to be able to read, but also smaller strips obtain the lesser space in the shredders' waste bin and your paper container.

Based on the size of the shredded strips, the following norms apply:

DIN P1
The document is cut to strips of max. 12 mm width, of any length.

DIN P2
The document is cut to strips of max. 6 mm width, of any length.

DIN P3
The document is shredded to strips of max. 2 mm width of any length, or to particles with a surface smaller than 320 mm2, of any width.  

DIN P4
The document is shredded to particles with a surface smaller than 160 mm2, with a width smaller than 6 mm.

DIN P5
The document is shredded to particles with a surface smaller than 30 mm2, with a width smaller than 2 mm.

DIN P6
The document is shredded to particles with a surface smaller than 10 mm2, with a width smaller than 1 mm.

DIN P7
The document is shredded to particles with a surface smaller than 5 mm2, with a width smaller than 1 mm.

Our advice
We always advice to shred a document to particles or compact strips, instead of cutting it to strips as is the case with security norms P1 and P2. These strips can be put together to read a document pretty easily. A security level of P3 therefore is the minimum level we advise.

Have you got specific questions regarding which security norm suits you or your organization best? Please contact our customer service. We're happy to help you!

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