HAND PROTECTION - YOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE
CATEGORISATION Under the terms of the Personal Protective Equipment Directive (89/686/CEE) and (93/68/CEE) gloves fall into the following three categories:
CAT I - Simple Design For minimal risks only. Suitable only for low risk applications where hazards can be identified by the wearer in time to deal with them.
CAT II - Intermediate Design. Reversible risks. Products are type examined by an approved body where they examine the manufacturers technical specifications and conduct tests for the relevant standards to ascertain their conformity and/or performance.
CAT III - Complex Design For protection against mortal danger or risks of irreversible harm. Products are type examined by an approved body as for category II. In addition, the products and manufacturer are subject to EC quality control according to an approved quality system.
CHEMICAL RESISTANCE PERMEATION In compliance with EN374 Standard, the breakthrough time is given as a permeation index according to the below table: The breakthrough time (in minutes) of a chemical through the glove is measured in conditions simulating a total immersion of the glove in the chemical at 23˚C. The gloves scoring the highestindex have the best resistance to permeation. Index 0 denotes breakthrough time is less than 10 minutes.
Breakthrough time higher than (in minutes) 10 30 60 120 240 480
Permeation index 1 2 3 4 5 6