Below you will
find an explanation of the shredding industries DIN
DIN: Deutsches Institut fr Normung e.V. (DIN; in English, the German
Institute for Standardization) is the German national
organization for standardization and is that country's
ISO member body.
Level 1 Low Security waste reduction (DIN 1)
Machines shred into long strips up to 12mm or about 1/2
inch in width. Useful for general waste reduction for non
Security Level 1 Paper Shredders
Level 2 For shredding internal documents (DIN 2)
Long strips between 4mm and 6mm in width. For all internal
home or small office information that is not considered
Security Level 2 Paper Shredders
Level 3 For shredding confidential documents (DIN 3)
For all Confidential documents including Staff personnel
details, Company secrets, sales and marketing plans etc.
Strips under 2mm or in Cross-Cut Particles 4mm x 40mm
Strip or Cross Cut
Security Level 3 Paper Shredders
Level 4 Commercially Sensitive (DIN 4)
For shredding of secret documents. Machines supplied to
UK Government installation specifically state a maximum
Cross Cut size of Maximum 60sq. mm. Secret documents may
include those which may jeopardise personal or institutional
safety if they were to fall into the wrong hands.
Security Level 4 Paper Shredders
Level 5 Top Secret or Classified (DIN 5)
Machines will shred to a maximum Cross Cut particle a size
of 20sq. mm: i.e. 1mm wide x 15mm long = 15sq.mm. These
products are specifically supplied to Government/Military
installations where documents must be shredded to avoid
espionage and where information may undermine State defence.
Approved by the U.S. Department of Defence and the Canadian
R.C.M.P. for top secret shredding.
Security Level 5 Paper Shredders
Level 6 Top Secret or Classified
The latest security level backed by the U.S. government.
Ultra secure shredding for the most sensitive documents.
Cross Cut 1mm x 5mm (approximately 1/26" x 1/5")
Level 6 Paper Shredders