Standards for gloves: Standard EN 374: 2003

Gloves Giving Protection from Chemicals and Micro-Organisms

Relevant Australian standard: AS/NZS 2161.10:2005

Scope

This standard specifies the capability of gloves to protect the user against chemicals and/or micro-organisms.


Code letterChemicalCas number  Class
AMethanol67-56-1Primary alcohol
BAcetone67-64-1Ketone
CAcetonitrile75-05-8                    Nitrile compound
DDichloromethane75-09-2Chlorinated paraffin
ECarbone disulphide75-15-0Sulphur containing organic compound
FToluene108-88-3Aromatic hydrocarbon
GDiethylamine109-89-7Amine
HTetrahydrofurane109-99-9Heterocyclic and ether compound
IEthyl acetate                        141-78-6Ester
Jn-Heptane142-85-5Saturated hydrocarbon
KSodium hydroxide 40%1310-73-2Inorganic base
LSulphuric acid 96%7664-93-9Inorganic mineral acid
Measured 
breakthrough
                     time                     
Protection
index
>10 minutes Class 1
>60 minutesClass 2
>30 minutesClass 3
>120 minutesClass 4
>240 minutesClass 5
>480 minutesClass 6
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The ‘chemical resistant’ glove pictogram must be accompanied by a minimum three digit code. This code refers to the code letters of the chemicals (from a list of 12 standard defined chemicals), for which a breakthrough time of at least 30 minutes has been obtained.