European standards for hand protection

European standards EN 388:2016 and EN 511:2006 exist for hand protection. We explain what these standards mean. Choose work gloves with the right certification.

Certified according to EN 388:2016 & EN 511:2006

The European standard EN 388:2003, the most common standard for work gloves, was revised to EN 388:2016 at the end of 2016. This standard applies to all types of gloves that protect against physical and mechanical hazards caused by abrasion, cuts, punctures and tears.

Standards provide, among other things, further information on specific technical requirements, performance and protection levels. The changes provide more clarity. This allows you to make even better choices as to which work gloves are most suitable for your activities.

The EN 388:2016 standard includes up to six separate mechanical performance measures, including two scores for cut resistance and the first ever test method for shock resistance (new) as opposed to the previous four performance measures.

En 511: 2006 protection against cold

This standard applies to gloves that protect the hands from convective and contact cold down to -50°C. Cold protection is indicated by a pictogram, followed by a series of three performance levels, which refer to specific protective properties.

Review every five years

Every five years it is checked whether a PPE standard can continue to exist for another five years or needs to be adapted. This five-year pattern is imposed by CEN (Comité Européen de Normalisation).

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