PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT DIRECTIVE
The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations (SI1992/2966) require employers to provide their employees with appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Protective gloves which are classified as PPE must be CE marked.
To assist in the selection of PPE, the Personal Protective Equipment Directive (89/686/EEC) is written such that safety equipment is categorised. This categorisation enables Safety Personnel to select the appropriate PPE to match the hazards and risks identified during Health and Safety Audits. In addition, the properties of protective gloves are described by a range of European Standards, and gloves must comply with relevant standards.
European Standards (EN’s)
General Requirements of EN420 EN420 defines the general requirements for most types of protective gloves:
Product and packaging information and marking
Design and construction
Fitness for the purpose
Comfort and efficiency
Chemical and Micro-Organism EN374
EN374-2 Resistance to penetration 1-3 by micro-organisms. Referred to as acceptable quality level (AQL)
All gloves must comply with EN420 General Requirements for gloves. Other standards relate to specific types of hazards. The standards provide a system for evaluating the performance of the glove according to stated levels. Pictograms are defined to provide a means of identifying the hazard against which the glove provides protection.
EN374-3 Resistance to chemical hazards (permeation)
a) Resistance to abrasion
b) Blade cut resistance
c) Tear resistance
d) Puncture resistance
Mechanical Hazards EN388
The CE Mark: To be used if the glove fulfils the general requirements as laid down in the directive
Approved Body Number
a) Resistance to convection cold
b) Resistance to contact cold
c) Permeability to water
Protection from Cold EN511
Thermal Hazards (heat and/or fire) EN407
Identification of Manufacturer or his Authorised Agent
Size identification as laid down by the directive
a) Burning behaviour
b) Contact heat
c) Convection heat
d) Radiant heat
e) Small splashes of molten metal
f) Large splashes of molten metal
The higher the score, the better the performance.
represents a fail - X denotes no test was carried out.