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BS EN 388:2016+A1:2018

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Protective gloves against mechanical risks
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Publication StatusCurrent
Publication Date30/11/2016
Format (Paperback, Hardback etc)A4 paperback
Total Pages36
Brand / PublisherBSI

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What is this standard about?

It describes how to manufacture, test and supply gloves that are used to protect wearers against machinery which could injure their hands. This standard has been amended to support the essential requirements of the new European personal protective equipment (PPE) regulation which came into force in April 2018, repealing the previous European Directive.

Who is this standard for?

  • Protective glove manufacturers
  • Test houses
  • Protective glove end-users
  • Regulators
  • Health and safety managers, consultants and inspectorates
  • Risk assessors
  • Suppliers and stockists of protective gloves

Why should you use this standard?

It specifies requirements, test methods, marking and information to be supplied for gloves which protect against the mechanical risks of abrasion, blade cut, tear, puncture and, if applicable, impact.

The document has been prepared under a standardization request given to CEN by the European Commission and the European Free Trade Association, and supports essential requirements of new PPE Regulation (EU) 2016/425. It can be certified against.

NOTE: This standard is intended to be used in conjunction with BS EN 420. The test methods developed in this standard may also be applicable to arm protectors.

What's changed since the last update?

The major amendment is to Annex ZA which has been updated from Directive 89/686/EEC to give details of the requirements of Regulation (EU) 2016/425. In addition:

  • Under clause 2 a number of normative references to textiles standards have been added
  • Sub-clause 6.2.5 has been modified to state that ‘the canvas shall be a woven fabric whose warp and weft are spun yarns from open end fibres
  • The phrase has been altered to state '100 rubs' instead of '100 cycles' as in the previous version; and 'weight loss' has been replaced with 'mass lost'.
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