BS EN 659:2003+A1:2008 - Protective gloves for firefighters – BSI British Standards

BS EN 659:2003+A1:2008

Protective gloves for firefighters

Status : Current, Under review   Published : June 2003



BS EN 659:2003+A1:2008 Protective gloves for firefighters

BS EN 659 is a European Standard which defines minimum performance requirements and test methods for firefighters' protective gloves.

BS EN 659 applies only to firefighters' protective gloves which protect the hands during normal firefighting, including search and rescue.

These gloves are not intended for deliberate handling of liquid chemicals, but provide some protection against accidental contact with chemicals.

Protective gloves for special operations within firefighting service are excluded from the scope of this standard.

Contents of BS EN 659:

1 Scope
2 Normative references
3 Requirements
3.1 General requirements
3.2 Sizes
3.3 Abrasion resistance
3.4 Cut resistance
3.5 Tear resistance
3.6 Puncture resistance
3.7 Burning behaviour
3.8 Convective heat resistance
3.9 Radiant heat resistance
3.10 Contact heat resistance
3.11 Heat resistance of the lining material
3.12 Heat shrinkage
3.13 Dexterity
3.14 Seam breaking strength
3.15 Time for the removal of gloves
3.16 Resistance of glove material to water penetration (optional)
3.17 Whole glove integrity test
3.18 Resistance to liquid chemical penetration
4 Preconditioning and testing conditions
5 Marking
6 Information supplied by the manufacturer
Annex A (informative) Test results - Uncertainty of measurement
Annex ZA (informative) Clauses of this European Standard addressing essential requirements or other provisions of EU Directives


Standard NumberBS EN 659:2003+A1:2008
TitleProtective gloves for firefighters
StatusCurrent, Under review
Publication Date25 June 2003
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)EN ISO 6942, EN 20811, ISO 6942:2002, ISO 20344:2004, EN 388, ISO 15383, EN ISO 6530, EN ISO 20344:2004, EN 702, EN 407, EN ISO 13935-2, EN 367, ISO 6530:2005, ISO 17493:2016, ISO 13935-2:1999, EN 420:2003
Informative References(Provided for Information)89/686/EEC
ReplacesBS EN 659:1996
International RelationshipsEN 659:2003
Amended ByCorrigendum, August 2010; Amendment, July 2008
DescriptorsFire-resistant materials, Thermal resistance, Strength of materials, Performance, Heat-resistant materials, Thermal testing, Gloves, Insulating gloves, Protective clothing, Protective gloves, Firefighting, Clothing sizes, Dimensions
Title in FrenchGants de protection pour sapeurs-pompiers
Title in GermanFeuerwehrschutzhandschuhe
ISBN978 0 580 68286 5
File Size658 KB

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