Revision of standard EN 388 & EN 374

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> Standard EN 388 : 2016

This standard applies to gloves protecting against mechanical risks, including abrasion, cut, tear and puncture. It was necessary to revise the standard as the cut resistance test (Couptest) did not allow the performance of high resistance gloves to be qualified correctly.

 
 

The changes

Cut resistance

Before

The method for assessing cut resistance of glove is currrently the Couptest. Method which measures the number of cycles (forwards and backwards) to cut a sample with a low pressure (5N /approximately 500g).

Now

The Couptest method has been made more reliable with improved control of the blade. If the glove material dulls the blade, then the reference test becomes EN ISO 13997. A fifth digit under the pictogram is created to indicate the cut level according to the ISO 13997 test. If there is no dulling on the blade, the Couptest test remains the reference test; however the level of performance according to the ISO 13997 test may be reported. MAPA Professionnel was already using a more suitable test for characterising gloves with a high resistance to cut, the ISO13997 test.

Abrasion resistance

The abrasion test is done with a new abrasive paper (Klingspor PL31B 180 grit), which is a more reliable quality paper than the one used previously.

Before

Oakey
Grade F2 100 grit

Now

Klingspor
PL31B 180 grit

Protection against impacts

New test according to EN 13594: 2015 standard which allows protection against impacts to be claimed. If the glove
passes the test, the letter «P» is added after the five digits under the pictogram.

Before

Now

Note: The letter X means that the test was not performed or is not applicable.

> Standard EN ISO 374 : 2016

Protective gloves against chemicals and micro-organisms.

 
 

Before : Standard EN 374-1:2003

 Chemical Protection

Basic protection
Gloves resistant to penetration (EN 374-2: 2003)

Specific protection
• Gloves resistant to penetration (EN 374-2: 2003)
• Permeation tests (EN 374-3: 2003): breakthrough time ≥ 30 min for at least three out of a list of twelve chemicals

Protection against micro-organisms (bacteria and fungi)

• Gloves resistant to penetration (EN 374-2: 2003)
• AQL: level 2 minimum (AQL: acceptable quality level)

Now : Standard EN ISO 374-1: 2016

Protective gloves against chemicals

It is based on three test methods:
• Penetration test in accordance with standard EN 374-2: 2014
• Permeation test in accordance with standard EN 16523-1: 2015 which replaces standard EN 374-3
• Degradation test in accordance with standard EN 374-4: 2013

Degradation test (deterioration of the physical properties of the glove in contact with the chemical) in accordance with EN 374-4: 2013

To be able to claim protection against a chemical of the list, permeation and from now degradation tests must be carried out. The results of the degradation test must appear in the information leaflet.

6 new chemicals have been added to the list of hazardous compounds

Standard EN ISO 374-5: 2016

Protective gloves against micro-organisms

Gloves must pass the penetration resistance test in accordance with standard EN 374-2: 2014. The possibility of claiming protection against viruses was added, if the glove passes ISO 16604: 2004 (method B) test.

 

 

For gloves offering protection
against bacteria and fungi.

 

 

For gloves protecting against bacteria,
fungi and viruses.