Hand Protection Equipment Tests

Hand Protection Equipment Tests

Possible dangers for hands and arms include skin absorption of harmful substances, chemical or thermal burns, electrical hazards, bruises, abrasions, cuts, punctures and fractures. The main personal protective equipment in hand protection are gloves and finger protectors.

Hand Protection Equipment Tests

Today, there are many types of gloves to protect workers against many different dangers. The choice of gloves is therefore influenced by the type of activity undertaken and the type of hazard. The fact that there are so many potential occupational hand injuries complicates the right choice of gloves. In general, gloves fall into four categories:

  • Leather or metal mesh gloves: This type of glove provides protection against cuts, burns and punctures.
  • Fabric and fabric covered gloves: These types of gloves are made of cotton and other fabric and generally provide protection against dirt, friction and wear.
  • Insulated rubber gloves: These types of gloves provide protection against electrical hazards.
  • Chemical and liquid resistant gloves: Such gloves provide protection when working with chemicals with high toxicity, when working with high concentrations of abrasives, when working with chemicals for a long time, or when dipping all or part of a hand into a chemical. Protective glove material suitable for the properties of the chemical substance or compound used should be selected.

In addition to glove material, there are other factors to consider when choosing the appropriate glove. For example, the level of dexterity required to perform a particular study should be taken into account with respect to the recommended glove material for maximum chemical resistance. In some cases, bulky gloves become more dangerous, especially when working with sensitive materials where fine dexterity is very important. Besides dexterity, glove thickness, glove length and glove size are important factors.

The main hand protection equipment tests carried out by our organization include:

  • Medical products, breaking force (EN 455-2)
  • Degradation by chemicals (ISO 374-4)
  • Electrical insulating gloves (IEC 60903)
  • Thermal performance (EN 407)
  • Penetration by chemicals (EN 16523-1)
  • Mechanical performance (EN 388)
  • Electrically insulated gloves or sleeves (ASTM F496, ASTM D120 and ASTM D1051)
  • Cut resistance (ISO 13997)

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