Introduction

Using a sharp-edged tool, operating powered machinery, hand tools or appliances which are not properly guarded or locked, and preparing food with an appliance or knife are common activities that are associated with injuries to the hand or wrist.

What Are The Australian/New Zealand Occupational Protective Glove Standards?

AS/NZS 2161:2005 is the overall standard for occupational protection gloves. These standards have been adopted in Australia and New Zealand and are exactly the same as the European Standards EN407, EN420, EN374, EN388 and EN511. Most of the gloves we sell comply with European Standards.

Where applicable, gloves are assessed across a range of criteria for their specified usage for each standard. Each glove is given a performance rating for a number of factors against the specified usage.

The usage is denoted by a pictogram. The individual glove's performance rating is shown under the pictogram with a series of numbers or ratings. An "X" indicates that the test is not applicable or the glove has not been tested against the criterion.

This is the Pictogram for Mechanical Risk

In the pictogram numbers indicate how
the glove performs in each of the four
categories in which ratings are required to be
met for this standard.

Most European Standards concerning protective gloves are represented by a shield shaped pictogram associated with a list of performance levels obtained in one or several tests in a laboratory.

It must be noted that laboratory test results cannot exactly replicate real-world working environments and therefore should be regarded as advisory in nature only. Test results should not be interpreted as meaning a glove is definitely suitable for a specific application or not. Operational testing and evaluation is recommended when selecting an industrial glove.

The following are the common categories of standards:

EN 420

EN 420 - General Requirements

EN 12477

EN 12477 - Gloves for Welders

EN 388

En 388 - Mechanical Risks

  • Resistance to abrasion
  • Tear Resistance
  • Blade cut resistance
  • Puncture Resistances
EN 374

En 374 - Chemical Risks

  • Resistance to chemical hazards; the measuring of time for a chemical to permeate through the glove materials.
EN 407

En 407 - Thermal Risks Heat and Fire

  • Resistance to flammability
  • Resistance to contact heat
  • Resistance to convective heat
  • Resistance to radiant heat
  • Resistance to small/large splashes of molten metal
EN 511

En 511 - Frost Risks

  • Resistance to convective cold
  • Resistance to contact cold
  • Permeability to water