ANTICIPATING SAFETY STANDARDS

THE CHALLENGES OF GLOVE SAFETY STANDARDS

The DNA of a pioneer

Our ability to anticipate standards is the result of our dynamic innovation programme. And of our capacity to drive forward changes in customer applications.

Our DNA, our demands, our experience, our quality management process (ISO 9001 and ISO 14001) and our involvement in several professional organisations also help us construct and anticipate standards.

Anticipating and going beyond glove protection standards

A standard is an essential minimum guarantee, but it is based on standardised tests that do not always reflect the reality of a product’s applications.

Complying with Personal Protective Equipment standards does not always guarantee optimum protection.

This is why Rostaing goes even further than European standards (CE, EN 407, EN 511, EN 420, EN 388, EN 12477, EN 659…), international standards (ISO 13997, ISO 15383…) and trade-specific standards (Asqual…) using many “field” tests and extensive laboratory research to exceed the required threshold for each new product.

At the end of 2016, the EN388 standard will change and incorporate ISO 13997.

Tests for the EN 388 2003 standard remain generally identical and are still valid but certain components have been specified or added to compare performances between manufacturers using identical data.

 

WHAT’S NEW?

  • A more restrictive cut test with the integration of the ISO13997:1999 test
  • A better-defined abrasion test in line with the characteristics of the sandpaper used
  • An additional optional impact test according to standard EN 13594:2015
  • Optional cuff test
  • New mandatory markings for gloves

ROSTAING is still a pioneer:
47 gloves already tested according to this new standard,
before it has even come into force!

OUR ADVICE FOR YOUR CHALLENGES

Choose the best glove and guarantee hand safety.

Reduce your accident risks, qualify and choose the right gloves for your work or business, lower your purchasing costs, differentiate between the available materials and technologies, integrate current standards, draw up your company’s reference document, etc.: there are many challenges.

To develop the best possible solutions, we support our corporate customers through our customised consultancy approach for each workstation and application (Audit-Conception-Solution ACS).

ANTICIPATING SAFETY STANDARDS

ASSESSING STANDARD PERFORMANCE LEVELS

Each standard specifies performance levels for gloves.

X . . . . . . . Not tested
0. . . . . . . Zero
1. . . . . . . Minimum
2. . . . . . . Good
3. . . . . . . Very good
4 and above. . . Excellent.

ANTICIPATING SAFETY STANDARDS

For example, standard EN 388 specifies glove characteristics in terms of resistance to mechanical stress.

ABRASION: level 1 to 4 (measured in number of cycles)
CUTTING by slicing: level 1 to 5 (measured as an index)
PERFORATION: level 1 to 4 (measured in Newtons)
RIPPING: level 1 to 4 (measured in Newtons)

MAXIMUM REQUIREMENT for this standard: 4-5-4-4

Example for a ROSTAING glove

MASTERNBR RC

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4-5-4-4

Our glove reached the maximum level possible for standard EN 388

4-5-4-4

ABRASION 4 out of 4
CUTTING 5 out of 5
RIPPING 4 out of 4
PERFORATION 4 out of 4

Our high standards go even further… We can audit your workstation.

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MAIN EUROPEAN AND INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS USED TO TEST AND QUALIFY OUR PRODUCTS

European Directive
89/686/CE
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is classified in 3 categories depending on the risks.

TYPE 1 / MINOR RISKS
TYPE 2 / SERIOUS RISKS
TYPE 3 / FATAL RISKS – IRREVERSIBLE INJURIES

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GENERAL REQUIREMENT
PROTECTIVE GLOVES
EN 420

ABSENCE OF CHROME
PH NEUTRAL
DEXTERITY, COMFORT
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MECHANICAL RISKS
CUT-RESISTANT
EN 388

ABRASION
CUTTING
RIPPING
PERFORATION
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HEAT RISKS
HEAT-RESISTANT
EN 407

FIRE REACTIVE
CONTACT HEAT
CONVECTIVE HEAT
RADIANT HEAT
LIGHT SPITTIND AND SPRAYING LIQUID
HEAVY SPITTING AND SPRAYING MOLTEN METAL
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HEAT RISKS
COLD-RESISTANT
EN 511

CONVECTIVE COLD
CONTACT COLD
IMPERMEABILITY
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CHEMICAL PRODUCTS AND MICRO-ORGANISMS
EN 374

CHEMICAL RESISTANCE
PENETRATION RESISTANCE
PERMEATION RESISTANCE
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FIREFIGHTER PROTECTION
EN 659 (2004)

SIZE REQUIREMENTS
HEAT RESISTANCE
HEAT SHRINKAGE
DEXTERITY
SEAM RESISTANCE
GLOVE REMOVAL
STRUCTURAL INTEGRITY
CHEMICAL PENETRATION
WATER PENETRATION
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FIREFIGHTER PROTECTION
ASQUAL standard

EN 388
ISO 15383
ISO 13997
EN 659