European Standard for Protective Gloves Against Mechanical Risks
EN 388:2016 establishes performance levels, testing and classification for fabric or layers of fabric for their ability to resist punctures.
Glove material sample
Sample taken from glove palm and secured between two plates in a sample holder.
Weight is added as force required, ranging between 10 to 150 newtons.
Blunt puncture test
A blunt probe is placed at 90º to the test material and force is applied to penetrate the fabric at 100mm/min.
Puncture resistant gloves
Test results are represented by levels 0 to 4, as depicted on the gloves. Level 4 is the highest level of protection.
NOT ALL PUNCTURE RESISTANT GLOVES PROTECT AGAINST NEEDLESTICK PUNCTURES.
When working with hypodermic needles and other fine objects, choose a glove tested
to the ASTM F2878 standard for resistance to needle puncture.
Weight (newtons) needed to puncture material using a blunt probe at a 90° angle at 100mm/min. 1 Newton = 102 Grams (approx.)
For the latest safety standards, classifications, testing criteria and ratings information, please refer to the appropriate governing body or association.
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