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Glove Protection Standards

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EN388 MECHANICAL PROTECTION (The numbers below the symbol indicate the performance level of categories A to F)
Performance Levels12345
A. Abrasion resistance (cycles)10050020008000-
B. Blade cut resistance (index)1.22.55.010.020.0
C. Tear resistance (newton)10255075-
D. Puncture resistance (newton)2060100150-
E. Cut (TDM-100 test)A (Lowest >2 Newtons) to F (Highest >30 Newtons)
F. Impact protectionP = Passed or Blank/X = test not performed/applicable


EN374 CHEMICAL PROTECTION AND/OR MICRO-ORGANISMS
Chemical Protection
XYZ represents code letters for chemicals in this list:
Type A: Breakthrough time >30 minutes for at least 6 chemicals.
Type B: Breakthrough time >30 minutes for at least 3 chemicals.
Type C: Breakthrough time >10 minutes for at least 1 chemical.
A. Methanol
B. Acetone
C. Acetonitrile
D. Dichloromethane
E. Carbon disulphide
F. Toluene
G. Diethylamine
H. Tetrahydrofurane
I. Ethyl acetate
J. n-Heptane
K. Sodium hydroxide 40%
L. Sulphuric acid 96%
M. Nitric Acid 65%
N. Acetic Acid 99%
O. Ammonium Hydroxide 25%
P.  Hydrogen Peroxide 30%
S. Hydrofluoric Acid 40%
T. Formaldehyde 37%

Chemical resistance against chemicals of choice (AQL < 4)
Micro-organisms
The 'Low Chemical Resistant' pictogram is used for those gloves that do not achieve a breakthrough time of at least 30 minutes against at least three chemicals from the defined list, but which comply with the Penetration test.
The 'Micro-organism' pictogram is to be used when the glove offers protection against bacteria and fungi. If VIRUS appears below the pictogram, the glove offers protection against bacteria, fungi and viruses.


EN407 HEAT PROTECTION (The numbers below the symbol indicate the performance level of categories A to F)
Performance levels1234
A. Burning behaviour (after flame and after glowtime)< 20 secs
no requirement
< 10 secs
< 120 secs
< 3 secs
< 25 secs
< 2 secs
< 5 secs
B. Contact heat (contact temperature and threshold time)100°C
> 15 secs
250°C
> 15 secs
350°C
> 15 secs
500°C
> 15 secs
C. Convective hear (heat transfer delay)> 4 secs> 7 secs> 10 secs> 18 secs
D. Radiant heat (heat transfer delay)> 7 secs> 20 secs> 50 secs> 95 secs
E. Small drops molten metal (number drops)> 10 drops> 15 drops> 25 drops> 35 drops
F. Large quantity molten metal (mass)30g60g120g200g


EN511 COLD PROTECTION (The numbers below the symbol indicate the performance level of categories A to C)
Performance levels
0
1
2
3
4
A. Convective cold
     Thermal insulation ITR in m². oC/W
|<0.10
0.10<|<0.15
0.15<|<0.22
0.22<|<0.30
0.30<|
B. Contact cold
     Thermal resistance R in m². oC/W
R<0.025
0.025<R<0.050
0.050<R<0.100
0.100<R<0.150
0.150<R
C. Water penetration test
Fail
Pass
-
-
-

Note: 0 is the lowest rating while 4 is the highest


OTHER STANDARDS & DEFINITIONS


The international symbol for 'food safe' identifies that the material used in the product is safe for food contact, used in North America, Europe and parts of Asia.
EN 455
(Parts 1, 2, 3, 4)
This standard specifies requirements and tests for single use medical gloves for medical purpose. This includes tests to assess the freedom from holes which is based on a penetration resistance test (similar to EN 374 Part 2), tests to assess the dimensions of the gloves and the mechanical strength of its materials, both before and after an ageing process.
ASTM D3578
Standard specification for dimensions, tolerances and physical requirements for rubber examination gloves.
ASTM D6319
Standard specification for dimensions, tolerances and physical requirements for nitrile examination gloves.


Use caution and care when handling sharp or abrasive materials, chemicals or dangerous substances.
If you work in a highly hazardous environment, we recommend doing further research before choosing a protective solution.


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