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UNDERSTANDING EN 388: 2016: A Revised Standard for Gloves Giving Protection from Mechanical Risks

23 April 2018

The new EN 388 standard will enable safety managers to better match the protection required against the hazards encountered by the workforce.

Here is a summary of the key changes.

6.1 Abrasion Testing

New abrasive test paper will be used. It is possible some abrasion scores may change when a product is recertified under the new test conditions.

6.2 Cut Protection Testing

The number of test cycles of the blade is limited to a maximum of 60 cycles, whether the blade has cut though the fabric or not.

The existing cut test i.e. the ‘coup test’ will be supplemented with the additional EN ISO 13997:1999 test method if blunting of the coup test blade occurs. Additional marking will be required for the ISO EN 13997:1999 rating.

6.6 Impact Protection Testing (where relevant)

Where impact protection is claimed there has been an introduction of the EN 13594:2015 test method.  Gloves which meet the test criteria will be marked with a ‘P’.

7 Marking

The gloves’ marking will include two new elements relating to the ISO cut method and the optional impact protection test.

 Please note that until 2023, products tested by the old coup test EN 388:2003 are still valid. Although importing and manufacture will stop from April 2019, they may still be available in the market place.

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