This guide will help you find the right protective work gloves for you, or your workers.

Our guide will help you find the right protective work gloves. If you are still not sure which protective gloves to wear, contact our safety experts and we will help you find the right protection for you.

Always follow the instructions given and always wear protective gloves. If necessary, protect your hands also during your leisure time.

HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT TYPE OF PROTECTIVE WORK GLOVES?

When choosing protective work gloves, it is good to check that they are of high quality and durable and therefore make your work smoother. Gloves should protect hands, be the right size and have the right properties and a good grip.

Gloves should be selected according to the task at hand and its risk assessment. Risk assessment must first
determine to which factors the workers' hands are exposed to at work and in the working environment, i.e. for mechanical, chemical, thermal (heat, cold) or biological factors. The assessment should also consider work risks and hazards, exposure, incl. the time of exposure, and frequency of risks/hazards at individual workplaces.

WHAT SIZE OF PROTECTIVE GLOVES SHOULD I USE?

Protective gloves should sit snuggly and be comfortable for the wearer, but also durable, strong and easy to put on. When choosing the right size of Jokasafe® protective work gloves, keep in mind that the glove should be smaller than you normally wear, because vinyl gloves have a looser fit. You may also wear either thin cotton or polyester gloves or warm teddy gloves or mittens inside your protective gloves to enhance the properties of protective gloves. You can see which size gloves to wear from the size chart below, see table 1.

Table 1. Sizing

Hand size

Glove size 

XS 

XL 

10 

XXL 

11 

WHAT DO THE MARKINGS ON THE PROTECTIVE GLOVES MEAN?

Protective work gloves are awarded the CE marking and the EN standard, if they meet the requirements specified in EU directive and standard. Protective work gloves must have a fixed marking, either on the glove itself, or on the package. Each manufacturer must have a declaration of conformity, which is an official document by which the manufacturer declares the product conforming to official requirements. Suppliers or sellers must produce the declaration of conformity upon request.

The permanent marking must include the CE marking, the name or logo of the manufacturer, the name or
product code of the glove, the size, the standard number, the pictograms, the levels or classes of protection, the date of production (type III).

CE-CLASSES

Protective work gloves are divided into three different risk categories based on risk severity.

  • Class I - gloves protecting against low risks
  • Class II - gloves protecting against other risks
  • Class III gloves protecting against severe or life-threatening risks

EN STANDARDS

GLOVES PROTECTING AGAINST COLD

stand EN5112006

Protection level markings:

1. convection chill, protection level 0–4, best 4
2. contact cold, protection level 0-4, best 4
3. water permeability, protection level 0 (did not pass test) or 1 (passed test)

GLOVES PROTECTING AGAINST THERMAL RISKS (HEAT AND/OR FIRE)

stand EN407

Protection level markings:

1. fire properties
2. contact heat
3. flame contact
4. thermal radiation
5. small splashes of molten metal
6. molten metal splashes

GLOVES PROTECTING AGAINST MECHANICAL RISKS

stand EN388

Protection level markings:

1. abrasion resistance, protection levels 1-4, best 4
2. cut resistance (COUP-test), protection levels 1-5, best 5
3. tear resistance (Newton), protection levels 1-4, best 4
4. puncture resistance (Newton), protection levels 1-4, best 4
5. cut resistance (TDM-test), protection levels A-F, best F
6. impact resistance, fail/pass P (only marked, if passed the test)

X= feature not tested
0= protection level not meeting minimum requirement

The primary test method for cut resistance is the COUP test. The secondary test method is TDM-test, if COUPtest shows dulling of the blade, or manufacture needs to test the feature.

GLOVES PROTECTING AGAINST DANGEROUS CHEMICALS AND MICRO-ORGANISMS

stand EN374 1 typeA

stand EN374 1 typeA

stand EN374 1 typeA

Chemical protection labels:

Gloves protecting against chemicals fall into three different types.
Type A – protects against six test chemicals for at least 30 min (protection level 2)
Type B – protects against three test chemicals for at least 30 min (protection level 2)
Type C – protects against one test chemical for at least 10 min (protection level 1)

The third line on Type A and Type B pictograms indicates chemicals the glove will protect against, see table
2 below. Type C pictogram does not have a third line.

Table 2. Table of Chemical Tests

Letter Code 

Chemical 

CAS number 

Category 

methanol 

67-56-1 

alcohol 

acetone 

67-64-1 

ketones 

acetonitrile 

75-05-8 

nitrile mixture 

dichloromethane 

75-09-2 

chlorinated paraffin 

carbon sulphide 

75-15-0 

sulphur-containing organic mixture 

toluene 

108-88-3 

aromatic hydrocarbon 

diethylamide 

109-89-7 

amine 

tetrahydrofuran 

109-99-9 

heterocyclic ether mixture 

ethyl acetate 

141-78-6 

ester 

n-heptane 

142-85-5 

saturated hydrocarbon 

sodium hydroxide 40% 

40% 

1310-73-2 

inorganic base 

sulfuric acid 96% 

96% 

7664-93-9 

inorganic mineral acid 

nitric acid 65% 

65% 

7697-37-2 

mineral acid 

acetic acid 99% 

99% 

64-19-7 

carboxylic acid 

ammonium hydroxide 25% 

7664-41-7 

inorganic gas 

hydrogen peroxide 30% 

30% 

7722-84-1 

general chemical reagent 

hydrofluoric acid 40% 

40% 

7664-39-3 

inorganic acid 

formaldehyde 37% 

50-00-0 

organic gas, aldehyde 

Chemical gloves are tested for tightness, penetration, permeability, and mechanical resistance. The leak test tests the leakage of chemicals and / or microorganisms through the glove material. The permeability test tests the ability of the test chemical to penetrate through glove material. Based on the breakthrough time, a protection class is assigned to the protective glove, see table 3. 

Table 3. Protection levels according to chemical breakthrough time 

Time 

Protection class

>10 min 

class 1 

>30 min 

class 2 

>60 min 

class 3 

>120 min 

class 4 

>240 min 

class 5 

>480 min 

class 6 

Always choose appropriate protective gloves when handling chemicals. The table below lists chemical groups
that the materials used in chemical gloves can resist, see table 4.

Table 4. Resistance of protective work glove materials by groups of chemicals

Group of chemicals

Natural rubber

Nitrile

Neoprene

PVC 

PVA 

Butyl 

Solvents

x

x

 

 

 

 

Ketones

x

 

x

 

x

x

Acids

x

x

x

x

 

 

Hydrocarbons

 

x

x

 

x

 

Oils

 

x

x

x

x

 

Fats

 

x

x

x

 

 

Organic solvents

 

x

x

 

x

 


GLOVES PROTECTING AGAINST CHEMICALS AND MICRO-ORGANISMS

stand EN374 5

The standard measures the ability of a protective glove to protect users from microbes such as bacteria,
fungi, and viruses. Gloves must be tight according to the same tests as Chemical Protective Gloves.

GLOVES PROTECTING FROM ELECTROSTATIC DISCHARGES
stand EN16350

Protective gloves that guide static electricity minimize the risk of explosion, and when worn, special footwear
must also be worn. Gloves alone do not provide total protection.

PROTECTIVE GLOVES FOR WELDERS

stand EN12477

Type A – gloves are thicker and offer better protection than Type B gloves
Type B – gloves for jobs requiring finger dexterity, e.g., TIG-welding

SYMBOLS

APPROVED FOR FOODSTUFFS

stand EN1186

TOUCH-SCREEN FEATURE

stand kosketusnaytto

ESD-FEATURE

stand ESD