EN 420 is the basic universal standard that all protective gloves must meet. It is designed to ensure that the gloves are comfortable for the wearer without causing harm. EN 420 defines general requirements, including design and construction, comfort, effectiveness, harmlessness, identification, and size.
The gloves themselves should not pose a risk or cause injury;
The pH of the gloves should be as close to neutral as possible;
The pH of leather gloves should be between 3.5 and 9.5;
The maximum allowable value of chromium is 3 mg/kg (Chromium VI);
Specific details of any substances used in gloves known to cause allergies must be mentioned;
Dimensioned according to European hand size.
Manufacturers not only need to provide information on traceability and general product descriptions, such as size range, hazard category (ie, 1,2 or 3). Tests performed and performance levels, but also how the product should be stored and how it can be stored how long, which allergens are included in the product, and any other useful information to enable users to make the right decision when choosing a PPE.
The work gloves used to protect users from risks or dangers are generally classified into 3 categories.
The first type has a simple design and minimal risk and is used to prevent ordinary physical damage gloves. Examples of glove types are household gloves, garden gloves, and lightweight cotton or leather cases. Allows manufacturers to test and certify gloves themselves.
The second category is intermediate design, medium risk, safety gloves for industrial production, and situations with serious injury risk. For example, anti-cut gloves, high-temperature gloves, and anti-wear, etc. This PPE is independently tested and certified by a certification body, and the name and address of the body must appear.
The third category is complex design, high risk, and irreversible or fatal risk to workers. Such as high-voltage electrical gloves, gloves against nuclear radiation, etc. The PPE will pass CE certification and be tested and certified by a certification body. It also needs to independently check the manufacturer's quality control system, which means that there is a factory inspection. The agency performing the audit will appear with the CE mark.
Keep in mind: Any labor protection gloves must-have CE certification, otherwise, they are not allowed to be sold in the EU.