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Matching the Glove to the Hazard Typically, there are 4 categories for which gloves need to be used to protect against. They are mechanical hazards, chemical, biological and physical hazards. There are different factors to consider when choosing and selecting the rights gloves: ➤ The task to be performed (protection against mechanical hazards, dexterity requirements, cuff length, grip. Reusable or disposable gloves)) ➤ The type of hazard you would be exposed to ➤ The user (size, fit, state of health, etc) ➤ The conditions of the workplace (temperature, wet or dry, ergonomics, etc) To assist you in making the right decision, we have added the relevant performance tables to the pictograms of the most important European Standards. Should you need any further information before making your final selection, please contact Mercanta. 1.0 Mechanical Hazards Mechanical hazards are associated with the handling of rough or sharp objects which could abrade, cut or pierce the skin, e. g. glass, thin metal sheet and clay-bricks. Caution: Mechanical hazards are not associated with moving machinery – it can be very dangerous to wear gloves which could be caught in moving parts or serrated blades. Provide guards instead! 1.1 Category I - Minimal Risks (Simple Design) Gloves approved to EN 420 can offer protection against superficial cuts, abrasions and mild detergents. They are suitable for general handling and light site work, packing, gardening and kitchen-work not involving strong chemicals. Such gloves are self-certified. 1.2 Category II - Intermediate Risks (Intermediate Design) Gloves approved to EN 420 and EN 388 offer protection against abrasion, cut, tear and puncture. They are suitable for heavier handling tasks, such as sheet metal working, assembly, glass handling, refuse collection and public utility tasks. Category II gloves are performance tested against the 4 risks listed and their performance rankings are shown in the table next to the pictogram of the EN 388. These test results are also shown beside the photo of the glove in the product description in the following pages. These gloves are certified by a notified body. MECHANICAL HAZARDSEN388 e. g.: 4 5 4 3 RESISTANCE TO RANK (1 = lowest) ABRASION 1 — 4 CUT 1 — 5 TEAR 1 — 4 PUNCTURE 1 — 4 x = “particular test not applicable“ (e.g. puncture test for knitted glove) 78 e. g.: 4543 RESISTANCE TO RANK (1 = lowest)

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