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PPE Directive

Ce Mark

CE Mark

The personal protective equipment at work regulations stipulate 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 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 Box

EN388 - Protective Gloves against Mechanical Risks

Performance Level12345
Abrasion Cycles10050020008000N/A
Cut Index1.22.551020
Tear Force (Newtons)10255075N/A
Puncture Force (Newtons)2060100150N/A

Historically EN388 has tested gloves in four different protective capacities. In 2016 it was revised to add two new hazard tests. All glove manufacturers must comply with new testing standards by April 2019.

Under historic testing regulations (2003 legislation) gloves were tested against the following hazards:

  • Abrasion
  • Cut (Coup Test)
  • Tear
  • Puncture

Now it is also required to test for:

  • Cut (TDM-100) – linear cut test
  • Impact

Find out more about the new test.

This is how the new test is structured:

En388 Table

EN407 - Protective Gloves against Thermal Risks

En407 Box


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.


BURNING BEHAVIOUR

Performance Level1234
After Flame Time(s)≤20≤10≤3≤2
After Glow Time(s)N/A≤120≤25≤5


CONTACT HEAT

Performance Level1234
Contact Temperature °C ≥15s100250350500


CONVECTIVE HEAT

Performance Level

1

234
Heat Transfer Index HTI(s)≥4≥7≥10≥18


RADIANT HEAT

Performance Level1234
Heat Transfer Index HTI(s)≥7≥20≥50≥95


RESISTANCE TO SMALL SPLASHES OF MOLTEN METAL

Performance Level1234
Number of Droplets≥10≥15≥25≥35


RESISTANCE TO LARGE SPLASHES OF MOLTEN METAL

Performance Level1234
Molten Iron (g)3060120200

EN511 - Protective Gloves against Cold

En511 Box


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 level01234
Convective Cold
Thermal Insulation in m2°C/W
≥0.100.100.150.220.30
Constant Cold
Thermal Insulation in m2°C/W
≥0.0250.0250.0500.1000.150
Water ImpermeabilityFailPassN/AN/AN/A

“Tornado Gloves’ strictly adhere to the testing directive and its authenticity”