Standards

All COFRA’s gloves are engineered to grant protection to workers, in the foreseeable conditions of end use. The performances of PPE are expressed by a pictogram alongside the markings. They are certified according to laboratory tests.

EN 420:2003+A1:2009 - Protective gloves - General requirements and test methods

It defines the requirements for glove design and construction, innocuousness, sizes, dexterity and marking. The compliance with EN 420:2003+A1:2009 is compulsory for any kind of gloves, however marking is not strictly required. Any further technical information is in the information sheet included in the packaging.

DEXTERITY

Dexterity is the the capacity to handle tools and make movements when wearing gloves. According to the intended use, the glove should provide the maximum dexterity allowed. It depends on several factors, e.g. the thickness of the glove material, its elasticity, its deformability. COFRA carries out the dexterity test on each glove, so that the best application can be selected. EN 420:2003+A1:2009 standard defines different performance degrees in a range from 1 (low dexterity) up to maximum 5 (maximum dexterity).

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Art. LIMBER (dexterity 5), it allows to handle with high precision even very small tools

07

 
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Art. INOX (dexterity 3), it guarantees high protection and resistance, while keeping a dexterity degree suitable for the intended application

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EN 388:2003 - Protective gloves against mechanical risks

It defines the protection from at least one of the following mechanical risks (if the test falls below level 1, it will be “0” marked):

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LEVELS

PERFORMANCE

1

2

3

4

5

A. Abrasion resistance (cycles)

100

500

2.000

8.000

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B. Blade cut resistance (index)

1,2

2,5

5,0

10,0

20,0

C. Tear resistance (Newton)

10

25

50

75

--

D. Puncture resistance (Newton)

20

60

100

150

--

EN 388:2016 - EN 388:2003 Updated European Standard

Revision of EN 388 standard, applied to mechanical protective gloves, increases accuracy and reliability of cut tests. The current EN 388:2003 describes the test method called Coup Test which calculates the number of cycles needed to cut the glove at 5N pressure (500 g about). EN 388:2016 adds a second test, TDM Test specifi ed by EN ISO 13997:1999 (straight blade, moving at a predetermined distance, subjected to variable force) which will be used for cut resistant gloves, whereas it will be optional for less resistant gloves, which will tested by Coup Test.

Protection gloves against mechanical risks must have a performance level equal to 1 or higher for at least one of the properties (abrasion, blade cutting, tear and perforation) or at least a level A of the EN ISO 13997:1999 TDM cutting resistance test; classified according the minimal requirements for each level which is shown in the following scheme:


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    LEVELS

MARKING

 

1

2345

A. Abrasion resistance (number of frictions)

  100

500

2000 8000  -

B. Cutting test* : blade cut resistance (index)

  1,2 2,5 5,0  10,0 20,0

C. Tear resistance (N)

  10 25 50 75 -

D. Perforation resistance (N)

  20 60

100

150

-

E. TDM*: cutting resistance (N) - EN ISO 13997

 

A

B

C D E F
2 5 10 15 22 30
F. Impact protection - EN 13594:2015 P ABSENT  
Achieved Test not executed

* For the opacification during the cut resistance test (index B), the cutting test results are only indicative while the TDM cut resistance test (index E) is the result of the reference performance.

If one of the marking indexes is marked with:
• letter “X” means that the test wasn’t executed or not applicable;
• number “0” means that the test was executed but the minimum performance level hasn’t been achieved.

EN 374-1:2003 -  Protective gloves against chemicals and micro-organisms - Part 1: Terminology and performance requirements
EN 374-2:2003 -  Protective gloves against chemicals and micro-organisms - Part 2: Determination of resistance to penetration
EN 374-3:2003 -  Protective gloves against chemicals and micro-organisms - Part 3: Determination of resistance to permeation by chemicals chimici

They define the requirements of gloves designed to protect the user against chemicals and/or micro-organisms.

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Protection against chemicals 

A glove marked with this pictogram must reach a minimum permeation performance level of 2 for at least three of the chemicals in the following list:

 Code letterChemicalCAS number

Class 

  A

Methanol 67-56-1 Primary alcohol

  B

Acetone 67-64-1 Chetone

  C

Acetonitrile 75-05-8 Nitrile compound
  D  Dichloromethane  75-09-2  Paraffin chloride
  E  Carbon disulphide  75-15-0  Sulphur containing organic compound
  F  Toluene  108-88-3  Aromatic hydrocarbon
  G  Diethylamine  109-89-7  Amine
  H  Tetrahydrofuran 109-99-9  Heterocyclic and ether compound
  I  Ethyl acetate  141-78-6  Ester
  J  n-heptane  142-85-5 Saturated hydrocarbon 
  K  Sodium hydroxide 40%  1310-73-2  Inorganic base
  L  Sulphuric acid 96%  7664-93-9  Inorganic mineral acid

The permeation performance level shows, for each chemical substance and following constant contact with it, the breakthrough time from the outer surface to the inside of the glove.

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PERMEATION PERFORMANCE LEVEL

1  2 3 4 5 6

MEASURED BREAKTHROUGH TIME (mins)

> 10

> 30

> 60

> 120

> 240

 > 480
The three letters “XYZ” shown under the pictogram indicate the chemicals for which the permeation performance level of the glove is at least 2 (a breakthrough time of at least 30 minutes).
017 

Impermeability to water and low chemical protection
A glove marked with this pictogram (“Low chemical protection and impermeability to water”) complies with the penetration test and reaches a permeation performance level of at least 2 (a breakthrough time of at least 30 minutes) for less than three chemicals on the list.

018 Protection against micro-organisms
The gloves are considered to be resistant to micro-organisms and constitute an effective barrier against fungi and bacteria, but not viruses, when they reach at least performance level 2 (AQL<1.5) of the penetration test. To determine the performance level, samples are taken and assessed in compliance with ISO 2859 from gloves in every production batch.
 

PERFORMANCE LEVEL

 ACCEPTABLE QUALITY LEVEL UNIT (AQL)

 TEST LEVEL

  Level 3 < 0,65

G1 

  Level 2 < 1,5 G1 
  Level 1 < 4,0 S4

EN 455 - Medical gloves for single use

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EN 455-1:2000 - Requirements and testing for freedom from holes
It specifies requirements for medical gloves for single use and specifies the requirements and testing for freedom from holes (water leakage test to assure freedom from holes, sampling, control level and AQL).
EN 455-2:2011 - Requirements and testing for physical properties
It specifies requirements and gives test methods for physical properties of single use medical gloves (dimensions and resistance) in order to ensure that they provide and maintain in use an adequate level of protection from cross contamination for both patient and user.
EN 455-3:2006 - Requirements and testing for biological evaluation
It specifies requirements and testing for biological evaluation. It provides for requirements for labelling and packaging of gloves, as well as information issuing referring to used test methods.
EN 455-4:2009 - Requirements and testing for shelf life determination
It specifies requirements for shelf life for medical gloves for single use. It also specifies the requirements for labelling and the disclosure of information relevant to the test methods used.

European food contact regulations

Normativa-Alimentare 


The products intended to be in direct contact with food must bear the symbol “glass and fork”, complying with EC no.1935/2004 regulation (“Materials and items intended to come in contact with food”) and especially the gloves have to comply with the more specific EU no.10/2011 Regulation (“Plastic materials and items intended to come in contact with food”). This means that all the materials used to manufacture gloves must not pose a danger to human health and they must not cause any change in the composition or a deterioration of foodstuffs. For this purpose the foodstuffs are classified into 5 groups and the compliance of gloves in contact with any of them is tested. Therefore a glove can be suitable for the contact with some groups of food and not suitable for others. For correct information about the kinds of food for any glove, the manufacturing companies must issue information through the Declaration of Conformity.

REACH

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In order to safeguard the consumers’ health, the European Union issued the REACH regulation (come into force on 1st June 2007) which forbids the use of certain chemicals. COFRA guarantees that all its gloves comply with the REACH regulation; they do not contain forbidden or limited substances (Aromatic amines and 4-aminobenzoic acid deriving from azo dyes, heavy metals, phthalates, and so on) and, to guarantee it, all garments and accessories used during production are subjected to controls.

TP TC 019/2011
EAC 



Technical regulation on the safety of Personal Protective Equipment distributed in the territory of the Eurasian Customs Union.

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