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BS EN 12477: 2001 + Amendment No. 1: 2005
Protective gloves for welders.

This standard is specifically intended for gloves designed to be used during welding operations and allied processes. It includes reference to EN 420 requirements to ensure that the gloves themselves do not cause harm to the wearer, are comfortable and correctly sized.

Requirements for thermal and mechanical testing are listed in the below table. Type B gloves are more suitable where a higher dexterity but lower protective properties would be required (such as during TIG welding) and Type A gloves are for more general welding and cutting operations where higher protection would be needed.

Requirements Standard Minimum performance required
Type A Type B
Abrasion resistance EN 388 Level 2 Level 1
Blade cut resistance EN 388 Level 1 Level 1
Tear resistance EN 388 Level 2 Level 1
Puncture resistance EN 388 Level 2 Level 1
Burning behaviour EN 407 Level 3 Level 2
Contact heat resistance EN 407 Level 1 Level 1
Convective heat resistance EN 407 Level 2
Resistance to small splashes of molten metal EN 407 Level 3 Level 2
Dexterity EN 420:1998 Level 1 Level 4