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EN 659: Protective Gloves for Firefighters
This norm describes its test methods and requirements towards PPE in the aspect of fire control within a given area. It lists general factors for consideration in terms of design as well as test methods for flame spread, heat transfer, residual strength and heat resistance property. Additional requirements include: tensile strength, tear strength, surface wetting, dimensional change, resistance to penetration by liquid chemicals, resistance to water penetration and water vapour.
 

Only when fulfill all the requirements below can claim to be in compliance with EN659 . When Article 10 has been completed, and Article 11 has been carried out or agreed with a Notified Body, the mark can then be affixed to the approved equipment.

EN 659: 2003/A1:2008 & EN 420:2003 Requirements – Summary

PROPERTY TEST Method EN659 REQUIREMENTS
3.2 Sizes EN420:2003
Clause 6.1
EN420/EN659
3.3 Abrasion EN388:2003
Clause 6.1
Level 3
≧2000 cycles
3.4 Cut resistance EN388:2003
Clause 6.2
Level 2
i.e. ≧ index 2.5
3.5 Tear resistance EN388:2003
Clause 6.3
Level 3
≧50 N
3.6 Puncture resistance EN388:2003
Clause 6.4
Level 3
≧100 N
3.7 Burning behaviour EN407:2004
Clause 6.3 (modified form of ISO 6941)
EN407 Level 4
Afterflame≦2s
Afterflame≦5s
No melting
No dripping
Seam not to come apart in 15s test
Lining shall not melt
3.8 Convective heat resistance EN367:1992 EN407 Level 3
HTI≧13
Lining shall not melt
3.9 Radiant heat resistance EN ISO 6942:2002
Method B at 40kW/㎡
RHTI24≧20
No individual t24result less than 18s, Lining shall not melt
3.10 Contact heat resistance EN702:1994 Contact temp =250℃
(a) Tested after wet conditioning(according to ISO 15383: 2001*)
(b) Tested after dry conditioning
tt≧10s
(based on lowest value wet or dry ) Lining shall not melt
3.11 Heat resistance of the lining material ISO 17493:2000*
at 180℃
Shall not melt, drip or ignite
3.12 Heat shrinkage ISO 17493:2000*
at 180℃
Shall not shrink more than 5%
3.13 Dexterity EN420:2003
Clause 6.2
Level 1
i.e.11mm針
3.14 Seam breaking strength EN ISO 13935-2:1999 ≧350 N
3.15 Time for removal of gloves EN659:2003
Clause 3.15*
Wet and dry≦3s
3.16 Water penetration EN20811:1992(1996) No set
3.18 Resistance to liquid chemical penetration EN ISO 6530:2005
1. 30%H2SO4
2. 40%NaOH
3. 36%HCI
4. o-xylene
No penetration

4.3.2 Determination of pH value

  The pH value for all gloves shall be greater than 3.5 and less than 9.5.
4.3.3 Determination of chromium(VI) content   Chromium(VI) content in leather gloves shall be less than the detection limit according to the test method specified in annex B
5.3.1 Water vapour transmission   ≧5mg/(cm^2.h)
 
EN 420 Requirements – Summary
PROPERTY EN420 REQUIREMENTS
4.3.2 Determination of pH value The pH value for all gloves shall be greater than 3.5 and less than 9.5.
4.3.3 Determination of chromium(VI) content Chromium(VI) content in leather gloves shall be less than the detection limit according to the test method specified in annex B
5.3.1 Water vapour transmission ≧5mg/(cm^2.h)
 
EN469
EN659 & EN420
EN13911
ENISO 11612
ENISO 11611
EN1149
ENIEC 61482-1-2
 
 
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