The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulation stipulates that employees must be provided with correct and appropriate PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). Gloves that are categorised as PPE must bear the CE Mark as shown here.
All Tornado products carry this mark.
EN420 - European General Requirements
All protective gloves must comply with European Standard EN420. This standard outlines glove design, construction, comfort, efficiency, composition labelling information, innocuousness and storage details and is supplied by the manufacturer.
Further standards relate to the physical performance of the glove and provide a defined system of evaluation to measure the capability of the specific product against a set of criteria.
All products in the Tornado Range are tested to either:
- EN388 – Protective Gloves against Mechanical Risks
- EN407 – Protective Gloves against Thermal Risks
- EN511 – Protective Gloves against Cold
Each Tornado product will carry the relevant pictogram and corresponding technical data. The numbers directly below each pictogram indicate the performance levels in specific sequential order.
EN388 - Protective Gloves against Mechanical Risks
|Tear Force (Newtons)||10||25||50||75||N/A|
|Puncture Force (Newtons)||20||60||100||150||N/A|
Historically EN388 has tested gloves in four different protective capacities. In 2016 it was revised to add two new hazard tests. From April 2019, all glove manufacturers must comply with these new testing standards.
Under historic testing regulations (2003 legislation) gloves were tested against the following hazards:
- Cut (Coup Test)
Now gloves must also be tested for:
- Cut (TDM-100) – linear cut test
Find out more about the new test.
This is how the new test is structured:
EN407 - Protective Gloves against Thermal Risks
This standard specifies a level of thermal performance for protection against heat and/or fire. The nature and degree of protection is indicated by a pictogram followed by six performance categories.
|After Flame Time(s)||≤20||≤10||≤3||≤2|
|After Glow Time(s)||N/A||≤120||≤25||≤5|
|Contact Temperature °C ≥15s||100||250||350||500|
|Heat Transfer Index HTI(s)||≥4||≥7||≥10||≥18|
|Heat Transfer Index HTI(s)||≥7||≥20||≥50||≥95|
RESISTANCE TO SMALL SPLASHES OF MOLTEN METAL
|Number of Droplets||≥10||≥15||≥25||≥35|
RESISTANCE TO LARGE SPLASHES OF MOLTEN METAL
|Molten Iron (g)||30||60||120||200|
EN511 - Protective Gloves against Cold
The EN511 test measures the product's capability to protect against environmental conditions. Convective cold, contact cold and water impermeability tests are conducted to produce data on the insulation capacity of the glove.
|Test / Performance level||0||1||2||3||4|
Thermal Insulation in m2°C/W
Thermal Insulation in m2°C/W
“Tornado Gloves’ strictly adhere to the testing directive and its authenticity”