Glove Information

Please refer to the information below to learn more about glove specifications, certifications and sizing.

Pictograms Legend

This symbol signifies protection from Chemicals and Micro-Organisms

There are many thousands of different chemicals used across the world in industry, construction, agriculture, bio-security and many other fields.  It's very important that you select a tested and approved chemical glove for the right solution against many of these chemicals.  You need to identify the name of the chemical and approximately how long a time period you will potentially be in contact with that chemical.  Chemical gloves approved by EN374-2004 carry this pictogram.  The Chemical Resistant glove pictogram must be accompanied by at least 3 letters (from a list of 12 standard defined chemicals) for which a breakthrough time of at least 30 minutes has been obtained.

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This pictogram signifies gloves that are not approved according to EN 374-2004, but is approved according to the old EN 374-1994.  EN374-1994 is still relevant.

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This symbol refers to EN 388 - Gloves giving protection from mechanical risks

Protection against mechanical hazards is expressed by a pictogram followed by four numbers (performance levels), each representing test performance against a specific hazard.  Numbered left to right in the following sequence:

  • Resistance to abrasion
  • Blade cut resistance
  • Tear resistance
  • Puncture resistance

The higher the number, the greater level of performance.  For example:

Abrasian resistance (cycles):

  • Level 1 (100)
  • Level 2 (500)
  • Level 3 (2000)
  • Level 4 (8000)

Blade Cut Resistance (factor)

  • Level 1 (1,2)
  • Level 2 (2,5)
  • Level 3 (5)
  • Level 4 (10)
  • Level 5 (20)

Tear Resistance (newton)

  • Level 1 (10)
  • Level 2 (25)
  • Level 3 (50)
  • Level 4 (75)

Puncture resistance (newton)

  • Level 1 (20)
  • Level 2 (60)
  • Level 3 (100)
  • Level 4 (150)

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This symbol signifies the capability of the gloves to protect the user against micro-organisms

The 'Micro-organism' pictogram is used when the glove conforms to at least a performance level 2 for the Penetration test. Penetration is the flow of chemicals and micro-organisms through the porous material, seams, small holes or other small defects in the glove material.

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This pictogram signifies the "Low Chemical Resistant" or "Waterproof" glove that do not achieve a breakthrough time of at least 30 minutes to at least 3 chemicals from the defined chemical list, but which comply with the Penetration test.  

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This pictogram refers to EN 407 and signifies protection from thermal hazards.  The nature and degree of protection is shown by a pictogram followed by a series of six performance levels, relating to specific protective qualities.  The higher the number, the better the test result.  The following is tested:

  • Resistance to flammability  -  The glove's material is stretched and lit with a gas flame.  The flame is held against the material for 15 seconds.  After the gas flame is distinguished, the length of time is measured for how long the material either glows or burns.
  • Resistance to contact heat  -  The glove's material is exposed to temperatures between +100ºC and +500ºC.  The length of time is then measured for how long it takes the material on the inside of the glove to increase by 10ºC from the starting temperature (approx. 25ºC).  15 seconds is the minimum accepted length of time for approval.  For example:  to be marked with Class 2, the glove's inside material must manager 250ºC heat for 15 seconds before the material exceeds 35ºC.
  • Resistance to convective heat  -  The amount of time is measured for the heat from a gas flame (80Kw/kvm) to increase the temperature of the glove's inside material by 24ºC.
  • Resistance to radiant heat  -  The glove's material is stretched in front of a heat source with an effect of 20-40 kw/kvm.  The average time is measured for heat penetration of 2.5 kw/kvm.
  • Resistance to small splashes of molten metal  -  The test is based on the total number of drops of molten metal required to increase the temperature by 40ºC between the inside of the glove and the skin.
  • Resistance to large splashes of molten metal  -  Simulated skin is attached to the inside of the glove material.  Molten metal is then poured over the glove material.  The total number of grams is measured of how much molten metal is required to damage the simulated skin.

More information on the numeric ranking results can be found at the EN Guide website via this link:  http://www.guide.eu/en/info/EN/en407.html 

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HACCP Australia Food Safety Certification provides a recognised endorsement of food safety excellence. This endorsement offers assurance to the food industry that the products are suitable for use in a HACCP-based food safety programme.  Learn more.

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FDA

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It consists of the Office of the Commissioner and four directorates overseeing the core functions of the agency: Medical Products and Tobacco, Foods and Veterinary Medicine, Global Regulatory Operations and Policy, and Operations.  Learn more.

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NATO (NSN) CODIFIED

A NATO Stock Number, or National Stock Number (NSN) as it is known in the US, is a 13-digit numeric code, identifying all the 'standardized material items of supply' as they have been recognized by all NATO countries including United States Department of Defense. ... An item having an NSN is said to be "stock-listed".  The Glove Company products which are NSN Codified highlights the high quality standards of our gloves and the ability for these products to be sold into global Defence Forces.

When should gloves be worn?

Gloves should be worn when handling:

  • Hazardous materials
  • Toxic chemicals
  • Corrosive materials
  • Materials with sharp or rough edges
  • Very hot or cold materials or conditions
  • Bio Chemicals
  • Buffering from vibrations and knocks

They are a control measure and should always be used in conjunction with other OH&S measures and standard operating procedures. This is because:

  • Gloves only protect the wearer – they do not remove the contaminant from the workplace environment.
  • If protective gloves are used incorrectly or they are poorly maintained, the wearer may not be protected - when gloves fail they fail to danger which exposes the user to the contaminant.
  • Gloves themselves whether it be due to glove material, extended wear or the wearer's allergies, may cause skin problems
  • Wearing gloves may interfere with the wearer’s sense of touch.
  • The extent of protection depends on a good fit.
  • Some types of gloves are inconvenient and interfere with the way people work. 

However by selecting the right glove for the task at hand and by understanding the properties and potential limitations of the selected glove as well as knowing how to use them, gloves can help protect and eliminate most dangerous exposures or risks.

Read about the Komodo® Vigilant Cut Hazard Management System which offers Cut Rated gloves in Hi-Vis Colours to help with safety compliance.  This range also features Touch Screen compatibility in the thumb and first finger so you can operate Smart phones, tablets, diagnostics equipment, GPS system etc, keeping workers safe at all times.

If you need advice on gloves, ask the experts!  Contact Us or email sales@theglovecompany.com.au

Glove sizes

The Glove Company Size Chart should be used as a guideline on the most appropriate Nitrile Disposable glove size for your hand.  Please note sizes may vary across the product range so we would always recommend you refer to the product specification sheet which details palm width and glove length.  When printing the chart below, please ensure it is printed at 100% scale.

 

 Download Glove Sizes Chart