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The Journal for Employee Protection
The Journal for Employee Protection
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The first European standard for gloves protecting against chemicals was published in 1994 as EN 374-1, and was subsequently revised in 2003. Now 13 years later the second revision has just been published as a joint International and European standard with the reference EN ISO 374-1: 2016.
There are various changes between the 2003 version of EN 374-1, and the latest EN ISO 374-1 standard. The 2003 version of the standard included a penetration test (to check that there are no holes in the glove) and a permeation test (to determine the time for a chemical to break through the glove material). These tests remain in the 2016 version although the test procedure for measuring permeation has been revised. However, a new degradation test has now been added to the standard. This measures the change in physical properties of the glove after being exposed to a chemical for a period of time. However, the obligation to test chemical protective gloves for mechanical properties in accordance with EN 388 has been removed. This is now optional for gloves manufacturers who wish to claim both chemical and mechanical protection in their product.
Another significant change in the new standard is the classification of protection with EN ISO 374-1: 2016 including three Types as follows:
Type A gloves have to achieve a defined level of permeation resistance against at least six of the 18 chemicals listed in EN ISO 374-1. The six tested chemicals shall be identified by their code letters under the flask pictogram which must be marked on the glove or its packaging.
Type B gloves have to achieve the same defined level of permeation resistance against at least three of the 18 chemicals listed in EN ISO 374-1. Again with the tested chemicals being identified by their code letter under the flask pictogram.
Type C gloves have to achieve a lower defined level of permeation resistance against at least one of the 18 chemicals listed in EN ISO 374-1.
SATRA is one of Europe’s foremost Notified Bodies for certification of Personal Protective equipment and have been testing gloves that provide protection against chemicals for over 20 years. We have a dedicated team of assessors to guide you through the certification process, as well as fully equipped physical and chemical laboratories. SATRA’s chemical laboratory has an extensive range of detection techniques for permeation testing, which can be used to test for many more than the 18 challenge chemicals listed in EN ISO 374-1. We are also able to measure permeation resistance against a range of cytotoxic drugs. For more information please contact [email protected]
SATRA is an independent research and testing organisation established in the UK in 1919. It has technical facilities in Europe and China serving customers throughout the world. As well as testing products and components to European and international standards across a wide range of industry sectors, SATRA develops, manufactures and sells test equipment. SATRA is a Notified Body for various European regulations including personal protection equipment (PPE), which is one of SATRA’s largest sector operations. SATRA has its own chemicals analysis laboratory for testing restricted substances in accordance with European REACH, and US chemicals regulations for which it is CPSC-accredited.
SATRA can test PPE against European, international and national standards and, as a Notified Body, can certify PPE for the CE Mark. There are two SATRA Notified Bodies – one in the UK and another in the Irish Republic, with a team of experts on hand to help customers through the process of the testing and type-examination according to the requirements of the PPE Regulation. SATRA is also able to carry out module C2 checks on samples from bulk production as specified in PPE Regulation or module D quality management system audits in the manufacturing facility.
SATRA is considered a leading technical authority for footwear and leather. Companies from these industries can become members of SATRA to gain exclusive access to SATRA test methods, accreditation, consultancy, research facilities, technical training and factory production management systems. SATRA systems are recognised in the supply chain as setting industry standards for quality and production efficiency.
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