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EN388 – PROTECTIVE GLOVES AGAINST MECHANICAL RISKS

1 Mar 2016

What is EN388?

EN388 is a law which states you must wear a set of special gloves to protect your hands in 5 main situations: (assuming you work with machinery)

1) If you continuously scrape/grind against something;

2) If your hands could be cut by a knife or blade;

3) If your glove is being stretched to a point when it rips/tears;

4) If your hands are at risk of being pricked/stabbed by pins and/or needles.

5) If your hands are at risk from an Electric Discharge.

 

Why would you wear special Gloves? Is there more than one type?

Old/worn gloves may fail to protect your hands from the very hazard they were meant to stop.

By wearing the correct type of Gloves in your place of work (all depending on what kind of job you have) - you can avoid an unwanted trip to the hospital.

There are more than 200 different types of gloves on the market - just make sure you check the "Performance Levels" of the gloves to match with the work you are doing. (If you work with Pins/Needles, Don't buy waterproof gloves if they can't stop pins/needles).

 

When would you be required to wear these special gloves?

If you work in an environment which could damage your hands (mostly when using machines) then you should get some protective gloves.

The Brand, Colour or Price of Glove are not that important, but the gloves you wear MUST protect your hands in the correct working situation. (i.e. if you work with knives/blades- make sure you have gloves which can protect your hands from them.)

 

SAFETY STANDARDS

PROTECTIVE GLOVES AGAINST MECHANICAL RISKS

EN388:2003

This standard applies to all kinds of protective gloves in respect of physical and mechanical aggressions caused by abrasion, blade cut, tearing and puncture. This standard is only applicable in conjunction with EN420 (1 being the minimum performance rating).

Performance Levels 0-4

 

Table EN 388

Test

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Level 4

Level 5

Abrasion resistance
(number of cycles)

100

500

2000

8000

-

Blade cut resistance (index)

1.2

2.5

5.0

10.0

20

Tear resistance (N)

10

25

50

75

-

Puncture resistance (N)

20

60

100

150

-

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