What do the numbers in an IP rating stand for? The standard IP rating consists of two numbers. Each of these numbers represents a specific level of protection. The first number in an IP rating represents the level of protection against solid ingress, while the second number represents the level of protection against liquid ingress. As a general rule, as each of these individual numbers increases, the amount of protection goes up. The IP rating for solids increases on a scale from 0 = No protection to 6 = Total dust ingress protection. The IP rating for liquids increases on similar scale from 0 = No protection to 8 = Protected against continuous immersion to a specified depth or pressure. Different factors to consider when choosing an IP rating include the context of the work you plan to do, what length of time you will need high or low levels of protection, and what debris or accidents could occur at the worksite.