EN374:2003 CHEMICAL & MICRO-ORGANISMS
A. EN374-2: Gloves must pass this test (at least a Performance level 2) in order¬†to prove that they are an effective barrier against liquids and micro-organisms.
B. EN374-3: Resistance to permeation is assessed by measuring the time for¬†a chemical to break through the glove material. Chemicals tested against are¬†designated by an identifying letter from A-L.
C. EN374-3: Limited Chemical: To be used for gloves that do not achieve a¬†breakthrough time of at least 30 minutes against 3 chemicals, but passes¬†EN374-2 AQL 4 or lower.
EN388:2003 MECHANICAL RISKS (EUROPE)
Is the standard for protection against mechanical hazards which is expressed¬†by a pictogram followed by four numbers (performance levels), each¬†representing test performance against a specific hazard. Gloves are tested for¬†abrasion (0-4), cut Coup Test (0-5), tear (0-5) and puncture (0-5). New to the¬†EN388 test which is still in the revision process is the TDM cut test. The rating¬†will be represented by letters A-F which will be the last digit on the shield.
EN511:2006 PROTECTION FROM COLD
Is the standard for protection from cold. Two things are measured with¬†the glove:
1. How the glove‚Äôs material leads cold, and 2. The material‚Äôs insulating¬†capacity (with contact). The last digit next to the pictogram shows if water¬†penetrates the glove after 30 minutes. The pictogram will be accompanied by¬†a 3-digit code.
EN407:2004 THERMAL HAZARDS
Is the standard for protection from thermal hazards. 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: resistance to flammability,¬†resistance to contact heat, resistance to convective heat, resistance to¬†radiant heat, resistance to small splashes of molten metal, resistance to large¬†splashes of molten metal.
ANSI: MECHANICAL RISKS
Is the North American ANSI/ISEA 105-2011 standard for Protective Gloves¬†Against Mechanical Risks. In 2016 the standard changed to create consistency¬†between the ANSI and EN388 test methods which is called the ASTM¬†F2992-15. New to the 2016 revision of the Ansi/ISEA 105 standard is a more¬†expanded level of classification of cut resistance. The results of the ANSI ASTM¬†F2992-15 cut test method will feature 9 levels of cut resistance, which will be¬†expressed as A1-A9.