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Gloves

BS EN 407: 2004
Protective gloves against thermal risks (heat and/or fire).

A general standard designed to be used for any glove which is to be designed and sold as providing protection against thermal hazards. The standard includes six thermal tests: burning behavior, contact heat, convective heat, radiant heat, small and large splashes of molten plus reference to EN 388: 2003 and EN 420: 2003 for mechanical and general performance requirements.

Burning Behaviour

The fingers of a glove are exposed to a small gas flame for a specified time (3 and 15s), while the behaviour of the glove is visually observed. Classification is based on the afterflame and afterglow time and whether or not the glove seams open and the glove material melts or drips.

Contact Heat

The thermal insulation of the glove is measured by the rate of temperature rise of a calorimeter on the inside of the glove while the glove outer is placed in contact with a hot probe of defined dimensions and temperature.

Convective Heat

The thermal insulation of the glove is measured by the rate of temperature rise of a calorimeter on the inside of the glove while the glove outer is placed in contact with a controlled gas flame.

Radiant Heat

The thermal insulation of the glove is measured by the rate of temperature rise of a calorimeter on the inside of the glove while the glove outer is exposed to radiant heat of a defined flux density.

Small Molten Metal

The thermal insulation of the glove is measured by the rate of temperature rise of a calorimeter on the inside of the glove while drops of molten metal of specified size impact the glove outer at defined rate.