European Standards For Protective Gloves

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Here are most of the European standards for protective gloves and markings that involve protective gloves.

EN420: General requirements

Prescribe general requirements for glove production and operation, including manufacturer and product trademarks:

  • Non-toxic and harmless (ie PH value is neutral)
  • Size (size comparison table)
  • Flexibility, as easy as possible to use
  • Composition of gloves
  • Packaging, storage, maintenance, and cleaning
  • Instructions for use, the packaging should indicate instructions for use, product performance, and the size that the manufacturer can provide.

Standards For Protective Gloves for marking and description:

All of our products meet the requirements of Directive 89/686/CEE, and each point has a standard logo. On the product, you can see:

  • VENITEX trademark
  • Product No.
  • Size
  • Explanation in 4 languages
  • European standard pattern

The standard for preventing mechanical risks EN388

This standard for protective gloves applies to all gloves’ resistance to physical and mechanical damage, such as abrasion, cutting, puncture tearing, etc. This standard does not apply to vibration-proof gloves.

Performance classification:

  • Puncture resistance (0to4): the force required to penetrate the sample with a standard awl
  • Tear resistance (0to4): the amount of force required to crack the sample
  • Blade cutting resistance (0to5): the number of rounds needed to cut the sample at a continuous speed
  • Abrasion resistance (0to4): the number of back and forth required to wear the sample under the continuous speed

These protective performance evaluations are measured by the data listed in the following table, allowing you to compare performance among many glove products. These data are derived from the results measured in the laboratory and cannot replace the actual performance verified by the actual operation process, and are for reference only.


Draft standard Pr En12477

The standards for protective gloves describe the test standards for gloves used by welders for handling metals and cutting. Welder gloves are divided into two categories: Class B and Class A. Type B is a smart type, and Type A is another type.

Fireman’s gloves standard: EN659

The standards for protective gloves only apply to protective gloves used by firefighters for fire protection and search and rescue and specify the test methods and basic performance requirements for such gloves.

Standard for cold protection: EN511

This standard for protective gloves describes the test standards for protective gloves to prevent cold, and the minimum temperature of convection or conduction used in the test should reach -50 degrees Celsius. This can be the climatic conditions or the freezing of industrial activities, and different performance standards are determined according to various use environments.

Performance classification:

  • Waterproof (0to1): Whether there is water seepage within 30 minutes
  • Cold contact resistance (0to4): Whether there is cold air penetration within 30 minutes
  • Cold convection resistance (0to4): Whether there is cold air penetration within 30 minutes

The standard for heat and fire resistance: EN407

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This standard describes the performance standard grades and markings of heat and fire-resistant gloves, which can protect hands from injury under the action of one or more of the following factors: thermal contact, flame, heat conduction, radiant heat, small splashes of molten metal Shots or sputtering of molten metal. The test results in performance standards rather than protection standards for protective gloves.

Performance classification:

  • Fire resistance (1to4): The time the material continues to burn after the fire source is extinguished and removed.
  • Heat-resistant contact (1to4): Thermal contact between 100-500 degrees Celsius, the highest temperature at which people wearing gloves will not feel pain (contact time is at least 15 seconds)
  • Convection resistance (1to4): the duration of the glove preventing heat transfer from the flame
  • Heat-resistant radiation (1to4): the time required for the glove to rise to the specified temperature
  • Resistance to splashing of small molten metal (1to4): the amount of spray required to cause the glove to rise to a certain temperature
  • Resistant to splashing of large molten metal (1to4 to): the amount needed to cause damage to the glove

EN407: 1994 Contact heat: According to each test

EN702: 1995

This test method is taken from the real data measured in the laboratory. The simplest stipulates the actual data and indicators of the test. This standard also sets the contact time and the lower limit of the temperature of different high-temperature objects and the level that the product can reach. , (See the table below), for example, the contact time should not be less than 15 seconds, and the temperature rise should not exceed 10 degrees Celsius.

Anti-microbial standards: EN374-2

This standard describes the test methods used for chemical and microbial resistance gloves. Gloves can resist penetration, and the test meets the EN374 clause. This type of glove has a barrier against microorganisms.

Performance classification:

  • Penetration (0to1): Indicate whether the product is water-resistant and breathable.

Chemical protection standard: EN374-3

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This standard states that the material of the glove can resist permeation to potential non-gaseous chemical hazards under continuous contact, but these test results cannot be treated equally with glove performance. It only provides a reference value for testing the time required for some important chemicals to penetrate the glove material.

Performance classification:

  • Permeability (0to6): Whether the product is water-permeable or breathable
  • Permeability (0to6): the time required for dangerous goods to penetrate through the protective film

Standards for preventing mechanical vibration and impact:

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Standard EN ISO 10819

The standards for protective gloves describe the testing and evaluation methods for mechanical vibrations and shocks transmitted to the hands through gloves.

In response to the increasing requirements for preventing hand vibration syndrome caused by work in a vibrating environment, the European Standards Committee formulated this standard. This method is based on the palm, except for the fingers. According to the current level of technology, the glove can only reduce the vibration frequency to 150 Hz. Some gloves will even increase the frequency of vibration. In addition, it is necessary to pay attention to the warmth and moisture resistance of the gloves, which should be an important performance parameter of the gloves like limiting vibration.

According to the EN ISO 10819 standards for protective gloves, the test methods of this standard are not enough to evaluate the various factors that damage health caused by vibration.

Definition of vibration transmission standard:

It is to test the vibration of the hand surface when holding the vibration tool, without gloves and when wearing anti-vibration gloves. The highest value of conduction of 1 indicates that the glove will increase vibration, and a value of less than 0.6 indicates that the glove can reduce vibration.

  • Intermediate frequency: 31.5Hz–1250 Hz
  • High frequency: 200 Hz–1250 Hz
  • According to EN ISO 10819 standard, should be medium-frequency conduction <1 and high-frequency conduction <0.6


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