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EN STANDARDS

Choosing the right standard of glove for the protection you're looking for

Although most gloves appear similar, if not identical, on the outside, they are all designed for different purposes. Gloves that protect you against one hazard, may not protect you as well or at all against another. To distinguish the scale of protection gloves provide, CEN (the European Standards body) has developed a series of standards which can help manufacturers and suppliers understand which glove they need and what purpose they will have.  

 

All protective gloves are tested and graded based on several European standards:

  • EN 374 - Gloves under this category can withstand at least 10 minutes of contact with certain chemicals. They are tested based on penetration time, degradation level, and permeation rate.

  • EN 1186 - Gloves tested under this category are safe for food contact.

  • EN 420 - These are protective gloves which comply with general PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) regulations.

A GUIDE TO EN420 GLOVE SAFETY

EN 420 is the overall general requirement to which all protective gloves are attributed to and covers both disposable single use gloves and reusable gloves. A glove MUST pass EN 420 before it passes any other standard. Other popular standards under this bracket include:

EN 455 gloves, EN 420 gloves, nitrile gloves, protective gloves, ppe gloves

EN 455

EN 455 Medical Gloves for Single Use covers any glove that could be used for medical work. Gloves are tested in four parts.

EN 374 gloves, EN 420 gloves, nitrile gloves, protective gloves, ppe gloves

EN 374

EN 374 is a glove standard which classifies the protection they provide against chemicals and micro-organisms.

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EN 388 gloves, EN 420 gloves, nitrile gloves, protective gloves, ppe gloves

EN 388

EN 388 covers gloves used for mechanical protection. The EN 388 was revised in 2016 to promote greater user safety.

EN 511 gloves, EN 420 gloves, nitrile gloves, protective gloves, ppe gloves

EN 511

EN 511 is the standard that gloves must meet to offer protection against convective cold, contact cold and water.

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EN 407 gloves, EN 420 gloves, nitrile gloves, protective gloves, ppe gloves

EN 407

Heat Resistant Gloves will be tested to EN 407. Your glove will receive a score from level 0-4 under six heat tests.