Understanding Glove Markings:
EN 388 - This standard applies to all kinds of protective gloves giving protection from mechanical risks, in respect of physical problems caused by abrasion, blade cut, puncture or tearing. This standard also covers risk of electrostatic discharge.
Mechanical Hazards (EN 388):
EN 374 - This standard specifies the capability of gloves to protect the user under chemicals and / or micro-organisms.
EN 511 - This standard applies to gloves which protect the hands against convective and contact cold.
Cold Hazards (EN 511):
EN 407 - This standard specifies thermal performance for protective gloves against heat and / or fire.
Thermal Hazards (EN 407):
EN 659 - This standard defines performance requirements for gloves designed to protect fire fighters against heat and flames
EN 421 - This standard lays down test methods and performance criteria for gloves offering protection against ionising radiation and radioactive contamination.
If a glove is to be used for food handling, it is required to carry either the words: 'For Food Use' or this symbol.