BS EN ISO 374: 2016 Protective Gloves Against Dangerous Chemicals and Micro-organisms sets the industry standard for measuring chemical resistance for protective gloves.

As of February 2017, the requirements for protective gloves against dangerous chemicals and Micro-organisms were revised to EN 374: 2016 and supersedes EN 374: 2003.

Breakdown of the standards-

EN (ISO) 374 Protective gloves against dangerous chemicals and micro-organisms – consists of the following:

• BS EN ISO 374-1: 2016 Terminology and performance requirements for chemical risks
• BS EN 374-2: 2014 Determination of resistance to penetration
• BS EN 374-4: 2013 Determination of resistance to degradation by chemicals
• BS EN 374-5: 2016 Terminology and performance requirements for micro-organisms risks
• BS EN 16523-1: 2015 Determination of material resistance to permeation by chemicals, under conditions of continuous contact

How does BS EN 16523-1: 2015 compare to other permeation methods? 

This concludes that although the permeation conditions are less difficult, BS EN 16523-1: 2015 still provides a longer duration for the minimum breakthrough, (>480 minutes) and may be considered more extensive.

We at Central Medicare will be continuously expanding our portfolio of chemical resistance as we look into, not only the EN374 designated chemicals but also practical chemicals that would be more commonly used by the end user.



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