Glove Certification Explained.
EN388 is the standard related to protection levels for safety gloves. This test assess the levels for abrasion, blade cuts, tears and punctures.
The EN511 standard is focused at protecting hands against cold and is based on thermal resistance to convective and contact cold and an optional test for water permeability (waterproofing).
Abrasion resistance This tests how many revolutions it takes to create a hole, with an abrasive material under a stipulated pressure. Rated from (1-4), 4 being the most resistant.
Blade cut resistance This tests the number of cycles for a blade, running at a constant speed to cut through the material. Rated from (1-4), 4 being the most resistant.
Tear resistance This tests the amount of force (n) required to tear the glove. Rated from (1-4), 4 being the most resistant
Puncture resistance This tests the amount of pressure required to puncture material with a standard size point. Rated from (1-4), 4 being the most resistant
Resistance to convective cold This measures the transfer of cold via convection and is rated from (0-4), 4 being the most resistant
Resistance to contact cold This measures the thermal resistance when the glove is in contact with a cold object.Rated from (0-4), 4 being the most resistant.
Water Permeability This measures the gloves resistance to water penetration. -water penetration rated as (1) no water penetration rated as(0)