For personal protection, gloves are essential accessories. So use gloves to protect yourself against occupational and safety risks. Whether latex or cotton, leather, vinyl, neoprene, etc. For our safety, how to choose them well? Which one to choose to meet our needs? Here you will find our answers
To choose them, certain standards must be respected: categories, materials, resistance and comfort.
At the level of the category or types of glove protection
Depending on their function, each pair of protective gloves is marked as follows: the manufacturer's name, as well as the glove and size designation, the CE mark, as well as the appropriate logos, along with the relevant performance levels and the reference to the EN standard. These protective gloves are classified into three categories according to their quality and type of protection.
Protective gloves against small incidents fall into this category. These gloves comply with the EN 420 standard which notably meets the criteria in terms of ergonomics, for example, flexibility and safety. These gloves include disposable household gloves.
The manufacturer of this category has a particular advantage: he himself guarantees that the CE standard is respected. You can respect the logo or not. In addition, if it is present, this does not allow verification of the guarantee granted.
The EN420 standard is still present with regard to category 2 gloves, on the other hand, by moving to an average classification, we distinguish different kinds of protective gloves with various characteristics.
- Protective gloves against mechanical risks (EN 388).
- Protective gloves in case of cold (EN 511).
- Protective gloves against thermal hazards such as fire and heat (EN 407).
Category 3 glove protection is the best protection and comes with safety instructions. These are protective gloves against mechanical accidents, to which are added some special protective characteristics including resistance to certain penetrations or protection against chemical substances diffused by radiation; in short, these gloves are designed for specialists!
- The EN 374-2 standard on protection against microorganisms.
- Protection against dangerous substances (EN 374-3).
First of all, on the subject, some elementary rules must be respected
To avoid having to check the reference number of your protective gloves, know that the material in which they are made allows you to quickly provide you with relevant information on their use. It is certain that cotton gloves are far to protect you from fire just like the risk of impact for gloves which are made of latex!
To learn more about all the basic materials that users may face:
- Polyurethane, this material is resistant to corrosion and abrasion;
- Latex has a good carrier for chemicals, but if there is a problem with chemicals, it is better to take latex gloves,
- Leather does not fear the risk of mechanical injury or heat, but be careful not to overheat in any case!
- The polymer is the best guarantee of protection against hydrocarbons
- Neoprene cannot withstand heat or cold and is resistant to harmful substances
- Kevlar has also been shown to be effective for impact resistance, but also for heat and heat extraction
- Nomex is a good double thermal insulator
- Zetex is not only high quality but also very effective
- Wool made from viton can easily withstand most hydrocarbons and toxic chemicals.