BS EN 388:2016+A1:2018 Protective gloves against mechanical risks

BS EN 388:2016+A1:2018

Protective gloves against mechanical risks

Status : Current   Published : November 2016
Conformity to regulation : Designated



What is this standard about?

It describes how to manufacture, test and supply gloves that are used to protect wearers against machinery which could injure their hands. This standard has been amended to support the essential requirements of the new European personal protective equipment (PPE) regulation which came into force in April 2018, repealing the previous European Directive.

Who is this standard for?

  • Protective glove manufacturers
  • Test houses
  • Protective glove end-users
  • Regulators
  • Health and safety managers, consultants and inspectorates
  • Risk assessors
  • Suppliers and stockists of protective gloves

Why should you use this standard?

It specifies requirements, test methods, marking and information to be supplied for gloves which protect against the mechanical risks of abrasion, blade cut, tear, puncture and, if applicable, impact.

The document has been prepared under a standardization request given to CEN by the European Commission and the European Free Trade Association, and supports essential requirements of new PPE Regulation (EU) 2016/425. It can be certified against.

NOTE: This standard is intended to be used in conjunction with BS EN 420. The test methods developed in this standard may also be applicable to arm protectors.

What’s changed since the last update?

The major amendment is to Annex ZA which has been updated from Directive 89/686/EEC to give details of the requirements of Regulation (EU) 2016/425. In addition:

  • Under clause 2 a number of normative references to textiles standards have been added
  • Sub-clause 6.2.5 has been modified to state that ‘the canvas shall be a woven fabric whose warp and weft are spun yarns from open end fibres’
  • The phrase has been altered to state ‘100 rubs’ instead of ‘100 cycles’ as in the previous version; and ‘weight loss’ has been replaced with ‘mass lost’

Standard NumberBS EN 388:2016+A1:2018
TitleProtective gloves against mechanical risks
Publication Date30 November 2016
Conformity to regulationDesignated
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)EN ISO 7500-1, ISO 1139, EN 420, ISO 5725-2, ISO 13934-1, EN ISO 12947-1, ISO 7211-1, ISO 7211-4, ISO 7500-1, EN ISO 11644, TR 11827, IEC Guide 98-3, IEC Guide 98-4, EN 1049-2, EN ISO 5084, ISO 11644, EN 12127, ISO 12947-1, ISO 7211-5, EN ISO 13934-1, ISO 13997:1999, ISO 4649:2010, EN 13594:2015, EN ISO 13997:1999, ISO 5084:1996
Informative References(Provided for Information)No other standards are informatively referenced
ReplacesBS EN 388:2003
International RelationshipsEN 388:2016+A1:2018
Amended ByCorrigendum, January 2019; Amendment, December 2018
DescriptorsPenetration tests, Mechanical properties of materials, Gloves, Marking, Impact testing, Wear tests, Tear tests, Protective gloves, Occupational safety, Mechanical testing, Protective clothing, Grades (quality), Perforating tests
Title in FrenchGants de protection contre les risques mécaniques
Title in GermanSchutzhandschuhe gegen mechanische Risiken
ISBN978 0 539 05293 0
File Size1.466 MB

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