European Standards have been developed to facilitate the evaluation of PPE. They are often acknowledged internationally as a useful guide for selecting the appropriate glove for an application.
All gloves must comply with EN-420 General Requirements while additional Standards address specific types of hazards. These Standards provide a system for assessing the performance of the glove, given in terms of ratings, against a specific hazard.
A series of associated pictograms provide guidance as to the suitability and level of protection a glove offers against an identified hazard.
Since performance evaluation testing is carried out under controlled laboratory conditions and often on cut specimens, it does not necessarily represent conditions that are likely to be found in actual use. Therefore, the suitability of a glove needs to be evaluated under actual working conditions before it is selected for a specific application.
The use of test data should be restricted to comparing products on a relative basis.