CE Standards

In parallel with the PPE legislation, European standards have also evolved recently. PIERCAN informs you in detail about these important evolutions.

The CE standard: EN 420-2010

This is the general standard for gloves. In particular, it describes the following criteria:
• The glove design
• The safety of protective gloves (including the PH value which must be between 3.5 and 9.5.)
• Comfort and effectiveness
• The
size and dimensions of the gloves hands:

Size of the handRound of the hand in mmHand length in mm

Dexterity (It is measured by the possibility of gripping a rod of variable diameter.):

Performance levelDiameter in mm of the smallest rod satisfying the conditions of the test

• the marking of the glove and the packaging. The standard defines the information to appear on the glove:
- The name, the trademark
- The designation of the glove, the size.
- The pictograms...

The CE standard: EN374-2016

This is the standard for protective gloves against chemicals and micro-organisms. There are 3 pictograms. The choice of PIERCAN fell on EN 374-1 / type B in which the passage time is greater than or equal to 30 minutes for 3 tested products listed in the table below. (here is an example of a pictogram)

CodeChemical productCAS numberClass
AMethanol67-56-1Primary alcohol
CAcetonitrile75-05-8Nitrile compound
DDichloromethane75-09-2Chlorinated hydrocarbon
ECarbon bisulfide75-15-0Organic compound containing sulfur
FToluene108-88-3Aromatic Hydrocarbon
HTetrahydrofuran109-99-9Heterocyclic etheric compound
IEthyl acetate141-78-6Ester
Jn-Heptane142-82-5Saturated hydrocarbon
KSodium hydroxide 40%1310-73-2Inorganic base
LSulfuric acid 96%7664-93-9Inorganic mineral acid, oxidizing
MNitric acid 65%7697-37-2Inorganic mineral acid, oxidizing
NAcetic Acid 99%64-19-7Organic acid
OAmmonia 25%1336-21-6Organic base
PHydrogen peroxide 30%7722-84-1Peroxide
Q40% Hydrofluoric acid7664-39-3Inorganic mineral acid
RFormaldehyde 37%50-00-0Aldehyde

Protective gloves against microorganisms (EN374-5 2016)
• The gloves must comply with the leakage test according to EN374-2 2014.
• If the glove passes the ISO16604 2004, Method B test, it is then possible to claim protection against viruses (opposite). most PIERCAN gloves claim protection against viruses.

The CE standard: EN388 - 2016

This is the standard for protective gloves against mechanical hazards. 
To obtain the pictogram relating to this standard, the protective glove against mechanical risks must reach performance level 1 or higher for at least one of the properties (abrasion, slicing, tearing and perforation).

TestLevel 1Level 2Level 3Level 4Level 5
Abrasion resistance (cycles)10050020008000-
Resistance to cutting by slicing (index)1,22,55,010,020,0
Tear resistance (Newton)10255075-
Puncture resistance (Newton)2060100150-