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Protective gloves-general requirements and test methods specifies general requirements and appropriate test procedures regarding the design and construction of gloves, their harmlessness, comfort and effectiveness, as well as the labeling and information provided by the manufacturer, which are applicable to all protective gloves. 

EN ISO 21420

Protective gloves and other hand protection against thermal hazards (heat and/or fire)

Protective gloves against cold

Read instruction before use

Protective gloves for firefighters

Protective gloves against mechanical hazards

Production date

Conformity marking

Use before mentioned date


General requirements:

  • Glove design and construction – Gloves should be designed to minimize donning and doffing time. If seams are present, their material and strength should not significantly reduce the effectiveness of the overall glove.


  • Harmlessness of protective gloves - protective gloves should have a beneficial effect on the health and hygiene of the user. It is recommended that the materials, under foreseeable conditions of normal use, do not emit substancesgenerally known as toxic, carcinogenic, mutagenic, allergenic, reproductive toxic, corrosive, sensitizing or irritating.

       a) chromium (VI) content < 3mg/kg

       b) nickel release 0.5μg/cm2 per week for metal elements

       c) pH value >3.5 < 9.5

       d) carcinogenic amines (azo dyes) should not be detectable

       e) dimethylformamide (DMFa) content < 1000mg/kg (0.1% by weight)

       f) content of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) <  1mg/kg (0.0001% of the ingredient's weight)


  • Cleaning - it is recommended to follow general cleaning and care rules that may be provided by the manufacturer.


  • Additional properties


  • Information provided by the manufacturer, e.g. markings and instructions




Comfort and effectiveness:

  • Dexterity - is related to many factors, e.g. the thickness of the glove material, its elasticity and susceptibility to deformation.


  • Breathability and comfort - protective gloves should allow water vapor to pass through. If the protective properties of the gloves make it difficult or impossible for water vapor to pass through, then, if possible, the gloves should be designed in such a way as to limit the absorption of sweat as much as possible.


  • Dimensions and measurements of gloves - the size of gloves is determined in relation to the size of the hands they should fit. The hand dimensioning method is determined based on the circumference and length of the hand.