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Glove protective standards

Overview

The Australian/ New Zealand Glove standards have been based on the European standards to ensure safety in the workplace. The following sections of the EN standards and AS/ NZS 2161 Occupational Protective Gloves, relate to WSP products:

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EN 420: General Requirements

All WSP gloves are compliant to EN 420:2003 which specifies the general requirements for glove construction, high visibility, innocuousness, cleaning, comfort and efficiency, marking and information applicable to occupational protective gloves.

General requirements:

  • Design and construction is suited to intended use
  • Any seams present, do not significantly decrease product performance
  • Does not harm the health or hygiene of the user

Dexterity:

  • 5 performance levels, determined by tests in which metal bars of various diameters are picked up

PH value:

  • All gloves are checked for compliance in terms of the pH value greater than 3.5 and less than 9.5

Sizing:

  • Glove sizing conforms to set specifications with respect to hand circumference
  • Minimum glove lengths are specified for each size

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EN 388: Abrasion, Cut, Tear and Puncture Resistance

EN 388: 2003 (AS/NZS 2161.3:2005)

The AS/NZS 2161.3 Occupational Protective Glove Standards (EN 388) applies to all protective gloves used in conditions of physical and mechanical hazards.

All gloves bearing the EN388 pictogram are tested and rated for its ability to protect against four categories. Higher ratings indicating better performance:

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EN 374-2: Chemical Protection against Penetration

(AS/NZS 2161.10.2:2005) Protective gloves against chemicals and micro-organisms – Determination of resistance to penetration

AS/NSZ 2161.10.2:2005 is based on EN 374-2:2003 to specify the method for the determination of the resistance of protective gloves to penetration. The primary test is an air leak test, with gloves meeting this Standard considered to be suitable for use against biologically hazardous materials.

EN 374-3: Chemical Protection against Permeation

(AS/NZS 2161.10.3:2005) Occupational protective gloves – Protective gloves against chemicals and micro-organisms – Determination of resistance to permeation

EN 374-3 classifies chemical permeation as the molecular movement of molecules across a barrier. The primary test is separation of a challenge chemical and collection medium with a piece of glove material, with gloves meeting this Standard considered to be suitable for use over extended periods of time in submersed environments.

 

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EN 407:Protection against Thermal risks

EN 407:1994 (AS/NZS 2161,4:1999) Protection against Thermal risks (heat and fire)

This standard applies to protective gloves which protect the hands against heat and/or flames in one or more of the following forms: fire, contact heat, convective heat, radiant heat, small splashes or large quantities of molten metal.

The table below defines the criteria with a higher rating showing a better resistance in respect to the specific property.

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