With copious gloves on the market claiming different benefits to the next, it can be hard to know which glove is considered right for the task in hand! A great place to begin is to get a basic overview of the various standards which there are; associated with work gloves and PPE.
CE Marking and Glove Standards
Firstly, one key point to understand is that all gloves should bear the CE mark. In having the CE mark present, you know that:
The CE mark is attained through submission of a conformity assessment; a product technical file; and, issue a declaration of conformity (to EU standards/legislation), to a notified body. These 3 things show compliance to the standards.
From here, there are various tests for various working environments and conditions – this includes (but is not limited to) standards such as:
Gloves are then categorised from category I to category III, based on the level of protection they offer:
As an employer, it is your responsibility to ensure staff are equipped with the correct PPE to do their job in a safe and healthy manner. It is imperative to risk assess any jobs which may require gloves to give you a better indication of the Category you require, and the important standards to look out for. Without providing suitable, tested PPE, you can be left liable.
Finding Notified Bodies
BSiF (British Safety Industry Federation) has raised concerns regarding an influx of fake and non-compliant PPE into the UK market. These are products that have not been tested or certified by a Notified Body who is accredited to do so. ”A notified body is an organisation designated by an EU country to assess the conformity of certain products before being placed on the market. These bodies carry out tasks related to conformity assessment procedures set out in the applicable legislation”. “Notified bodies are authorised to award the CE mark and issue certificated to EN standards.” To combat this issue, BSiF has issued advice on where to access information on notified bodies. This is through the NANDO website (New Approach to Notified and Designated Organisations), accessed through the EU Commission website. At Just 1 Source, the notified bodies we use are:
You can click the following link to see a where to find this information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ceCAceuDOhE - this resource can help to ensure you re offering correctly certified PPE at all times.
*West Yorks Material Testing Services Limited ceased tested in April 2020.
Finding the correct glove for you
At Just 1 Source we have an experienced and knowledgeable team who live and breath the glove world! Every day, we receive enquiries from people looking for glove solutions for specific applications, and it is our job to offer the best recommendations that we can. If you are struggling to find a glove to fit your need or would like advice on a product you are already using – please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss, on:
Bespoke Glove Solutions
At Just 1 Source, we have a vast portfolio of gloves to suit most applications. If however, you can’t find a glove to fit your needs, we have facilities in place to manufacture almost any glove to any specification, and we are able to design and test accordingly to achieve the levels of safety required. If you have any interest in designing a glove, please don’t hesitate to contact us.