Safety Newsletter – Glove Safety
Are you gloves fit for the task you are doing?
Will they protect you?
Ever noticed the numbers and symbols on your gloves?
Ensure you are wearing the correct gloves for the task and always work safely.
WARNING: this newsletter contains images of a graphic nature
Ai Group ATC provide you with gloves for use at your host workplace (if applicable). They come with the following code and form part of the standard EN388:2016. We require you to understand this code – and always ensure you are using the right gloves for the right work.
So, what’s the code 4X43C mean?
4: Ability of the glove material to withstand contact from an abrasive spinning disc. This test measures protection against abrasive surfaces, as well as demonstrating the durability and longevity of the glove. RATINGS 1-4. The higher the number, the better the resistance.
X: Ability of the glove material, to withstand a cutting wheel slicing through after several cycles. This test measures the cut resistance of the glove material, which relates to the level of protection provided by the glove. RATINGS 1-5. The letter X states test not applicable or not tested
4: Ability of the glove material, to withstand force required to break the glove in a stretch test. This test measures the strength of the glove under stress, of which higher levels can sometimes become a hazard if caught in machinery. RATINGS 1-4. The higher the number the stronger the material.
3: Ability of the glove material, to withstand force from a sharp probe to break through. This test measures protection against puncture hazards, acting as a barrier of resistance against injury. RATINGS 1-4. The higher the number the stronger the material.
C: Ability of the glove material, to withstand a single motion cutting blade slicing through under force. This test also measures the cut resistance of the glove material, without being impacted by the dulling blade effect of the Coup Cut test. This additional test also relates to the level of protection provided by the glove. RATINGS A-F, where F indicates the highest level of protection.
Safety doesn’t hurt…..
But hand lacerations do!!
Wear your gloves!