EN 420: The Standard In Glove Safety
8 December 2022
If you've used work gloves in the past then you've probably come across EN 420 at some point. As the foundation regulation for safety glove manufacture, it's important you understand what's involved, whether you're buying for yourself or decking out an entire workforce.
We've put together this step-by-step guide together to break down this scary looking rating into nice, digestible chunks. Take a look below and use our navigation anchors to jump between sections depending on what you're looking for.
What Does Our Guide Cover?
Expert Product Recommendations
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Back to Basics: What Is EN 420?
EN 420 is the basic standard underpinning the overwhelming majority of the gloves we sell. It covers both Disposable Gloves and Reusable Gloves and exists to enshrine the basics of glove manufacturing into one safety standard.
EN 420 covers quite a bit, however the main areas are:
Our Buying Guide: Helping You Purchase Your EN 420 Gloves
To help you find the right gloves for you and your workforce, we've broken things down further. See below for some of our most popular EN 420 work safety and disposable gloves.
EN 420 Waterproof Gloves
Work doesn't stop when the weather takes a turn for the worse. If you're working outside in the rain, ensure you're wearing EN 420 accredited gloves that feature a waterproof membrane lining to keep your hands dry whilst you work.
EN 420 Cut-Resistant Gloves
If you work with machinery, sharp material or blades, it's vital you wear gloves that protect against cuts, slashes and lacerations. The options our product experts have carefully selected below are all tested and certified under EN 420 and EN 388.
EN 420 Thermal Gloves
It's impossible to work properly if your hands are numb, insensitive or frozen due to the cold. Take a look at our selections below if you're in the market for insulation-lined thermal gloves that meet all the basic requirements under EN 420.
EN 420 Dexterity Gloves
Dexterity is what allows you to interact with intricate and delicate material. Dexterity gloves feature less fabric, allowing your fingers to interact with switches, parts, knobs, nuts and bolts with ease.
These sleek and slender choices have all been tested and assessed under EN 420.
EN 420 Heat-Resistant Gloves
Whether you're welding, cooking, baking or handling heated glass and metal, your hands are going to need a protective, heatproof barrier. All our heat-resistant gloves meet the requirements of EN 420. See below for a few of our favourites.
The first test is innocuousness, which ensures that the gloves will be comfortable, will fit, and will not damage the wearer. There are a number of sub-tests involved, which we've broken down below.
Standardised Glove Size
Standardised Glove Length
Electrostatic and Water Vapour
If a glove is electrostatic or resistant to water vapour, then the gloves must undergo further testing.
Packaging and Instructions
On either the packaging or instructions, you can expect to find certain information. This will include:
Symbols and Signage
Finally, all gloves that have been certified to EN 420 must include the EN 420 symbol. This will be on the back of the gloves and on the packaging. The symbol can be identified below:
Frequently Asked Questions
Are All Work Gloves Certified Under EN 420?
Most credible work gloves will be certified to EN 420. EN 420 is the hallmark of a good work glove, and if isn't certified to EN 420, the glove lends itself to being counterfeit. 99% of the work gloves that we sell here at SafetyGloves.co.uk will be certified to EN 420, something easily recognisable in the copy, conformity statement or on the gloves themselves.
There are a few exceptions, for example some Gardening Gloves or Cotton Gloves may not be certified to EN 420, however they will also use their own sizing guide and won't come with any standards. If you are completing a task with even a low level of risk, then using EN 420 gloves will guarantee durability and protection from your work gloves.
Can Disposable Gloves Also Be Certified to EN 420?
Most disposable gloves will be certified to EN 420. If a glove has standards, then it will be certified to EN 420. View our full disposable range below:
Do All Cut, Heat, Thermal, Chemical and Other Resistant Gloves Have to Meet EN 420?
Any glove that offers resistance against a hazard will be certified to EN 420. One of the few ways to ensure that a glove is resistant to the things that it says that it is, is by checking to see whether the glove is certified to EN 420. Below, are links to our full range of EN 420 rated gloves to each top category.
Do I Have to Use EN 420 Certified GLOVE At WORK?
Not necessarily, however you can't guarantee that the glove you are using will be up the standard that you expect. We can promise that all of the EN 420 gloves in our Reusable Gloves category are clearly labelled and marked either on the gloves, in the copy or in the conformity statement. The only exception may be with some Rigger Gloves, Gardening Gloves, Cotton Gloves and a few other minimal risk industry work gloves, however these will use their own sizing guide, won't come with any standards and aren't recommended for any task with any level of risk.
Where Do EN 388, EN 407, EN 374, and Other Standards Come Into It?
These other standards that you will see on our website are to test a gloves response to things such as heat, cold, chemicals, cuts and more. A glove MUST pass EN 420 before it passes any other standard. For more information on our most popular standards, please see the links below:
How Do I Know If a Glove Doesn't Meet EN 420?
If a glove doesn't meet EN 420, it will not come with a conformity statement, there will be no symbol and no standards will be present. 99% of the gloves that we sell meet EN 420 and will include a conformity statement at the bottom of the product listing.
Buy Your EN 420 Work Gloves Now
Hopefully you've a better idea of what EN 420 is and why it is important. Remember, EN 420 is the baseline for most work gloves and it ensures that your gloves is up to the standard that you expect from even the most average pair of work gloves.