European Glove Safety Standards

European Glove Safety Standards have been developed to assist glove manufacturers and suppliers in obtaining the CE Mark, indicating the gloves’ compliance with the EU legislation.

Since gloves designed to protect against one hazard, may not protect against another, a wide range of gloves are available for different type of applications. The following standards outline requirements regarding General Performance, Mechanical Protection, protection against chemicals and microorganisms, temperature resistance, fire and water penetration.

To determine if gloves are compliant with the PPE directive for lab Testing, an accredited third-party lab-testing facility should perform a product assessment test. Lab-testing companies can also evaluate applicable EN standards.

The following are the standards applicable to Laboratory Glove box gloves / gauntlets and replacement gloves.

European Glove Safety Standards Overview

CE Marking
for protective gloves

CE categorisation as an indication of conformity with the PPE EU requirements.

EN 420
General Performance

Glove general design, comfort, dexterity, markings and supplier information

EN 374 Chemicals & Microorganisms

Glove protection against the penetration of chemicals and microorganisms.

EN 388 Protection
From Mechanical Risks

Glove performance against mechanical risks including cutting, abrasion, tearing and puncture.

EN 511
Cold Resistance

Glove performance withstanding both convective and contact cold, and also protection against water permation.

EN 407
Heat Resistance

Glove performance against thermal heat and/or fire.