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Gloves Chemical Risk EN374 part 2 Characterises impermeable properties without involving resistance. This includes gloves in the all risk categories. The current standard specifies a method of testing the protective gloves resistance to penetration of chemical products and or micro-organisms. EN374 part2 2004 31
Gloves Mechanical Risks

Protection against mechanical hazards is expressed by a pictogram followed by four numbers (performance levels), each representing test performance against a specific hazard.

  1. Resistance to abrasion
  2. Based on the number of cycles required to abrade through the sample glove (abrasion by sandpaper under a stipulated pressure). The protection factor is then indicated on a scale from 1 to 4 depending on how many revolutions are required to make a hole in the material. The higher the number, the better the glove. See table below.
  3. Blade cut resistance
  4. Based on the number of cycles required to cut through the sample at a constant speed. The protection factor is then indicated on a scale from 1 to 5.
  5. Tear resistance
  6. Based on the amount of force required to tear the sample. The protection factor is then indicated on a scale from 1 to 4.
  7. Puncture resistance
  8. Based on the amount of force required to pierce the sample with a standard sized point. The protection factor is then indicated on a scale from 1 to 4.
Test Performance level
1 2 3 4 5
Abrasion resistance (cycles) 100 500 2000 8000  
Blade cut resistance (factor) 1,2 2,5 5 10 20
Tear resistance (newton) 10 25 50 75  
Puncture resistance (newton) 20 60 100 150  
EN388 : 2003 81
Gloves Cold Performance The gloves are specially designed to protect the hands against cold. In accordance to EN 511, all testing has been performed on the material combination used in the glove. The gloves insulation properties may be affected by for example air temperature, humidity, wind speed, time of exposure, activity level, health and well being of the user. If wet, the glove may lose its insulative properties. Test Levels Convective cold 0 – 4, where 4 is best Contact cold 0 – 4, where 4 is best Capability of resisting water (5 min.) 0 or 1 * * 0 = Water penetration after 5 min, according to EN 511:2006, which replaces previous standards with 30 minutes. 1 = No water penetration after 5 min, according to EN 511:2006, which replaces previous standards with 30 minutes. X = The glove has not been submitted to the test or the test method appears not to be suitable for the glove design or material. EN511 :2006 8
Gloves Chemical Test Type A Type A EN374 part 1 This Pictogram is used for gloves that are liquid proof and have a breakthrough time of greater than 30 minutes for level 2 for at least 6 of the 18 chemicals on the test list. The Shield will then have a suffix showing letter for example JKL These are represented by the code letters A-T
LetterProduct ChemicalCAS NumberDescription
AMethanol67-56-1Primary Alcohol
BAcetone67-64-1Cetone
CAcetonitrile75-05-8Nitrile
DDichloromethane75-09-2Chlorinated hydrocarbon
E Carbon Disulphide75-15-0Sulphur containing organic compound
FToluene108-88-3Aromatic hydrocarbon
GDiethylamine109-89-7Amine
HTetrahydrofuran109-99-9Heterocyclic ether
IEthyl acetate141-78-6Ester
JN-heptane142-85-5Saturated hydrocarbon
K40% Sodium hydroxide1310-73-2Inorganic base
LSulphuric acid 96%7664-93-9Inorganic mineral acid
M65% Niric acid7697-37-2Inorganic mineral acid
N99% Acetic acid64-19-7Organic acid
O25% Ammonium hydroxide1336-21-6Organic base
P30% Hydrogen Peroxide7722-84-1Peroxide
S40% Hydrofluoric acid7664-39-3Inorganic mineral acid, contact poison
T37% Formaldehyde50-00-0Aldehyde
EN374-1 Type A 2016 6
Gloves Chemical Test Type C Type C EN374 part 1 This Pictogram is used for gloves that are liquid proof and have a breakthrough time of greater than 10 minutes for level 1 for at least 1 of the 18 chemicals on the test list. The Shield will then have a suffix showing letter for example J These are represented by the code letters A-T
LetterProduct ChemicalCAS NumberDescription
AMethanol67-56-1Primary Alcohol
BAcetone67-64-1Cetone
CAcetonitrile75-05-8Nitrile
DDichloromethane75-09-2Chlorinated hydrocarbon
E Carbon Disulphide75-15-0Sulphur containing organic compound
FToluene108-88-3Aromatic hydrocarbon
GDiethylamine109-89-7Amine
HTetrahydrofuran109-99-9Heterocyclic ether
IEthyl acetate141-78-6Ester
JN-heptane142-85-5Saturated hydrocarbon
K40% Sodium hydroxide1310-73-2Inorganic base
LSulphuric acid 96%7664-93-9Inorganic mineral acid
M65% Niric acid7697-37-2Inorganic mineral acid
N99% Acetic acid64-19-7Organic acid
O25% Ammonium hydroxide1336-21-6Organic base
P30% Hydrogen Peroxide7722-84-1Peroxide
S40% Hydrofluoric acid7664-39-3Inorganic mineral acid, contact poison
T37% Formaldehyde50-00-0Aldehyde
EN374-1 Type C 2016 7
Gloves Volume Resistivity This indicates Volume resistivity, where a glove can reduce the risk of electrostatic discharge. (Pass or fail test). These pictograms only appear when the gloves have passed the relevant test. EN388 CL66 3
Gloves Ionizing Radiation Protective gloves against ionizing radiation and radioactive contamination - This European Standard specifies requirements and test methods for gloves to protect against ionizing radiation and radioactive contamination. The standard is applicable to gloves offering protection to the hand and various parts of the arm and shoulder. It applies also to gloves to be mounted in permanent containment enclosures. This European Standard also applies to intermediary sleeves used between a glove and a permanent containment enclosure (report to 4.7.2.3). The requirements of this European Standard do not apply to protective gloves against X-ray radiation. EN421 4
Gloves Micro-Organisms Risk This Standard replaces the old EN374-2 The micobiological agents are bacteria, virus or fungi It is an air leak or water leak test. EN374-5 2016 10
Gloves Degradation Resistance Determination of resistance to degradation by chemicals. The DR will be reported in the user instruction. The mean degradation percentage results (% chanof change in puncture test before and after chemical exposure ) shall be reported. EN374-4 : 2016 1
Gloves Chemical Risk EN374 part 3 This Pictogram is used for gloves that are liquid proof and have a breakthrough time of greater than 30 minutes for at least 3 of the 12 chemicals on the test list. The Shield will then have a suffix showing letter for example JKL These are represented by the code letters A-L
LetterProduct ChemicalCAS NumberDescription
AMethanol67-56-1Primary Alcohol
BAcetone67-64-1Cetone
CAcetonitrile75-05-8Nitrile
DDichloromethane75-09-2Chlorinated hydrocarbon
E Carbon Disulphide75-15-0Sulphur containing organic compound
FToluene108-88-3Aromatic hydrocarbon
GDiethylamine109-89-7Amine
HTetrahydrofuran109-99-9Heterocyclic ether
IEthyl acetate141-78-6Ester
JN-heptane142-85-5Saturated hydrocarbon
K40% Sodium hydroxide1310-73-2Inorganic base
LSulphuric acid 96%7664-93-9Inorganic mineral acid
EN374 part 3 2003 16
Gloves Chemical test EN374-part 1 is for product that have been tested for chemical breakthrough from the standard list A-L but have not been able to gain levels of greater than 30 minutes for a minimum 3 from the list so are not able to use the flask symbol. EN374-part 1 : 2003 13
Gloves Risk of Impact Cuts Impact cut test by a metalic blade weighing 1050gm dropped from a height of 150mm EN388 CL65 1
Gloves Thermal Protection The nature and degree of protection is shown by a pictogram followed by a series of six performance levels, relating to specific protective qualities. The higher the number, the better the test result. The following is tested: 1 Resistance to flammability The glove’s material is stretched and lit with a gas flame. The flame is held against the material for 15 seconds. After the gas flame is distinguished, the length of time is measured for how long the material either glows or burns. 2 Resistance to contact heat The glove’s material is exposed to temperatures between +100°C and +500°C. The length of time is then measured for how long it takes the material on the inside of the glove to increase by 10°C from the starting temperature (approx. 25°C). 15 seconds is the minimum accepted length of time for approval. For example: to be marked with class 2, the glove’s inside material must manage 250°C heat for 15 seconds before the material exceeds 35°C. 3 Resistance to convective heat The amount of time is measured for the heat from a gas flame (80Kw/kvm) to increase the temperature of the glove’s inside material by 24°C. 4 Resistance to radiant heat The glove’s material is stretched in front of a heat source with an effect of 20-40 kw/kvm. The average time is measured for heat penetration of 2.5 kw/kvm. 5 Resistance to small splashes of molten metal The test is based on the total number of drops of molten metal required to increase the temperature by 40°C between the inside of the glove and the skin. 6 Resistance to large splashes of molten metal Simulated skin is attached to the inside of the glove material. Molten metal is then poured over the glove material. The total number of grams is measured of how much molten metal is required to damage the simulated skin. Test Results measured in: Results N0. 1 2 3 4 1 After-burn time Seconds = 20 = 10 = 3 = 2 1 After-glow time Seconds infinity = 120 = 25 = 5 2 Contact heat Temp in °C after 15 seconds 100° 250° 350° 500° 3 Convective heat Seconds = 4 = 7 = 10 =18 4 Radiant heat Seconds = 5 = 30 = 90 = 150 5 Drops of molten metal Number of drops = 5 = 15 = 25 = 35 6 Molten metal Gram 30 60 120 200 = = equal to or greater than = = equal to or less than EN407 20
Gloves Manual Welding Protective Glove for Welders. describes the design specifications for gloves that provide hand and wrist protection for welding and for similar work and should be referred to in conjunction with EN 388 and EN 407. This standard is applicable only in combination with EN 420, excluding that standard’s specifications concerning minimum glove length. Welding gloves must provide protection against mechanical hazards as well as small splashes of molten metal, short contact exposure to limited flame, short exposure to convective heat, against UV radiant heat from arc and against contact heat. According to their comparative performance levels, protective gloves for welders are divided into two categories: Type A = gloves that provide a high degree of protection against heat but are less flexible Type B = gloves that provide a lower degree of protection against heat but are more flexible Marking conforms to specifications in EN 420 and to the pictograms in EN 388 and EN 407. EN12477 :2001 update 2005 2
Gloves Medical Single Use This includes tests to assess the freedom from holes which is based on a penetration resistance test similar to that of EN 374 Part 2, plus tests to assess the dimensions of the gloves and the mechanical strength of its materials, both before and after an ageing process. EN 455 was originally written to support the Medical Devices Directive, but since the various amendments enabling CE marking of products as both Medical devices and PPE, the annex ZAs of more recent versions of EN 455 also make reference to the PPE Directive. Part 1 EN 455-1 covers requirements and testing of gloves for freedom from holes. For this the standard uses a water leak test that is carried out using AQL statistical sampling techniques based on production batch sizes. Part 2 EN 455-2 covers requirements and tests for physical properties such as dimensions (length & width) and force at break both before and after heat ageing. Part 3 EN 455-3 covers requirements and tests for biological evaluation. This part of the standard includes test procedures for measuring endotoxin contamination of sterile gloves, powder residue for powder free gloves and leachable proteins in natural rubber latex gloves. Part 4 Covers requirements and testing for shelf life determination. This part of the standard covers protocol to be followed to evaluate the gloves shelf life by using real time studies or a suitably validated alternative. EN455 Part 1-4 2
Gloves Micro-Organisms Virus This Standard replaces the old EN374-2 The micobiological agents are bacteria, virus or fungi It is an air leak or water leak test. Gloves offering protection against viruses shall pass an additional penetration test. The shield will have an additional markinging saying Virus below the shield. EN374-5 2016 17
Gloves Mechanical

Protection against mechanical hazards is expressed by a pictogram followed by four numbers (performance levels), each representing test performance against a specific hazard.

  1. Resistance to abrasion
  2. Based on the number of cycles required to abrade through the sample glove (abrasion by sandpaper under a stipulated pressure). The protection factor is then indicated on a scale from 1 to 4 depending on how many revolutions are required to make a hole in the material. The higher the number, the better the glove. See table below.
  3. Circular Blade cut resistance
  4. Based on the number of cycles required to cut through the sample at a constant speed. The protection factor is then indicated on a scale from 1 to 5.
  5. Tear resistance
  6. Based on the amount of force required to tear the sample. The protection factor is then indicated on a scale from 1 to 4.
  7. Puncture resistance
  8. Based on the amount of force required to pierce the sample with a standard sized point. The protection factor is then indicated on a scale from 1 to 4.
  9. ISO 13997 Cut Test
  10. Determination of resistance of the glove to cutting by a sharp object through single contact under higher force. Here, a long, straight blade is drawn once over the test piece. The minimum force required to cut through the test piece after 20 millimetres is determined in the process. The result is given in newtons (N) and assigned to a cut protection class. On a Scale A-F
  11. Impact Protection
  12. An optional test based on the mean transmitted force. Test is carried out in accordance with EN13594 : 2015 6.9. If the glove meets the requirement , a P for pass is added as the last digit to the glove marking.
Test Performance level/ Rating
1/A 2/B 3/C 4/D 5/E /F
Abrasion resistance (cycles) 100 500 2000 8000
Blade cut resistance (factor) 1,2 2,5 5 10 20
Tear resistance (newton) 10 25 50 75
Puncture resistance (newton) 20 60 100 150
ISO 13997 Cut Test (newton) 2 5 10 15 20 30
Impact Protection P F X
EN388 : 2016 53
Gloves Chemical Test Type B Type B EN374 part 1 This Pictogram is used for gloves that are liquid proof and have a breakthrough time of greater than 30 minutes for level 2 for at least 3 of the 18 chemicals on the test list. The Shield will then have a suffix showing letter for example JKL These are represented by the code letters A-T
LetterProduct ChemicalCAS NumberDescription
AMethanol67-56-1Primary Alcohol
BAcetone67-64-1Cetone
CAcetonitrile75-05-8Nitrile
DDichloromethane75-09-2Chlorinated hydrocarbon
E Carbon Disulphide75-15-0Sulphur containing organic compound
FToluene108-88-3Aromatic hydrocarbon
GDiethylamine109-89-7Amine
HTetrahydrofuran109-99-9Heterocyclic ether
IEthyl acetate141-78-6Ester
JN-heptane142-85-5Saturated hydrocarbon
K40% Sodium hydroxide1310-73-2Inorganic base
LSulphuric acid 96%7664-93-9Inorganic mineral acid
M65% Niric acid7697-37-2Inorganic mineral acid
N99% Acetic acid64-19-7Organic acid
O25% Ammonium hydroxide1336-21-6Organic base
P30% Hydrogen Peroxide7722-84-1Peroxide
S40% Hydrofluoric acid7664-39-3Inorganic mineral acid, contact poison
T37% Formaldehyde50-00-0Aldehyde
En374-1 Type B 2016 14
Gloves Cold Performance specifies the requirements and test methods for gloves which protect against convective and conductive cold down to -50 °C. This cold can be linked to the climatic conditions or an industrial activity. The specific value of the different performance levels are decided by the special requirements for each class of risk or the special areas of application. The gloves insulation properties may be affected by for example air temperature, humidity, wind speed, time of exposure, activity level, health and well being of the user. If wet, the glove may lose its insulative properties. Test Levels Convective cold 0 – 4, where 4 is best {Method The convective cold test is a more complex procedure. The apparatus required for this latter test includes a heated hand in an environmental chamber that is set to a temperature at least 20ºC below that of the heated hand, and has a defined air flow rate. The principle of the assessment is to determine the electrical power required to maintain a constant temperature gradient between the surface of the heated hand and the atmosphere within the environmental chamber. The more electrical power that is required, the lower the thermal insulation value of the glove.} Contact cold 0 – 4, where 4 is best [Method . The contact cold test involves the glove materials being placed between metal plates which are at different temperatures. The measured temperature drop across the test specimen is used to calculate its thermal resistance.] Capability of resisting water (5 min.) 0 or 1 * * 0 = Water penetration after 5 min, according to EN 511:2006, If the results have an X = The glove has not been submitted to the test or the test method appears not to be suitable for the glove design or material. EN511 :2016 2