As a guide to hand protection legislation the general requirements of the European Protective Equipment Directive, 89/686/EEC, have been in force since 1995. This directive requires all protective gloves to be CE marked and the format of the CE mark depends on the category that applies to the glove. Hands are vulnerable to a wide range of hazards in the work place including: cuts, blows, chemical attacks and extreme temperatures and as such with new industry manufacturing and handling processes involving these hazards, there is a growing need for the use of “job fitted” gloves that meets each user’s specific requirements. As an Office Supplies World rule category 1 gloves provides protection for minimal risk only and is perfect for use in areas where the risk is low and where effects of not wearing hand protection are easily reversible or superficial. Category 2 covers other risks that are not defined by categories 1 and 3, and category 3 is complex design for gloves that protect against risks that could result in irreversible injury or mortal danger. The general requirements of EN420 defines most types of protective gloves for product and packaging information and marking, design and construction , fitness for the purpose, sizing, comfort and efficiency, innocuousness, and storage.
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