Safety

A guide to Laboratory Gloves

Choosing the right gloves for your application can be tough when there’s so many to choose from! Here are some key regulatory standards to look out for:

Any laboratory work

Gloves should be PPE Category III EN 420 Compliant.

This means they protect against “irreversible or mortal risk” i.e. hazardous chemicals and harmful biological agents. Category I and II will not provide enough protection for a lab environment.

How can I tell? The CE mark with a 4 digit number underneath;CE 0120

 

Risk of physical hazards e.g. cuts, abrasion, punctures by instrumentation, scalpel blades, broken glass

Gloves should be EN 374 chemical risk compliant.

They offer protection against mechanical risks, including cuts, abrasions etc. The 4 digits underneath is a scale from 1-5 for Abrasion, Cut, Tear & Puncture resistance. 1 being the lowest rating, 5 being the highest.

The EN 388 symbol with a 4 digit code underneath;

en 388

 

Risk of chemical hazards

Gloves should be EN 374 chemical risk compliant.

The gloves provide protection against splashes and permeation of chemicals. The digits underneath the symbol show which chemicals it has been tested with (minimum of 3)

The EN 374 chemical symbol with 3 letters;

akl

 

Risk of biological hazards

Gloves should be EN 374 biological risk compliant.

The gloves provide protection against splashes and permeation of biological agents. For bacteria and fungi only, the basic symbol applies. For bacteria, fungi and viruses the symbol has the word “Virus” shown underneath.

The EN 374 biological symbol with or without VIRUS added;

virus

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