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June 14, 2011

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Glove is the law

A guide to EN standards for gloves has been published by hand-protection solutions provider Ansell Healthcare.

The easy-reference guide aims to update employers on relevant pieces of legislation they need to comply with, and offers recommendations on how to protect workers’ hands from risk of injury.

As well as explaining how to comply with the PPE directives and EN 420:2003 ‘General requirements for gloves’, the guide offers specific information on how to protect hands against chemicals and micro-organisms (EN 374:2003); mechanical risks (EN 388:2003), thermal hazards (EN 407:2004) and cold (EN 511:2006); and radioactive contamination and ionising radiation (EN 421:2010).

Advice on how to comply with two additional standards: electrostatic properties (EN 1149) and manual metal welding (EN 12477: 2001) are also covered, in addition to a brief explanation of the REACH regulation.
A revised guide to EN Standards for protective gloves is available to download at:

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