Chemical protective gloves

Project No. FFFF 0106


completed 05/1999


Testing the barrier properties of chemical protective gloves in accordance with EN 374-3 (permeation) does not represent the conditions in service to a sufficient extent. Elevated temperature (skin), repeated/occasional short-term exposure and mechanical stretching (hand moving) have to be considered as well as real solvent mixtures instead of pure chemicals.


A test procedure was developed for testing permeation at 35 °C, 20 % length stretching and short-term exposure. The procedure was applied to five products containing volatile organic solvants and 19 different gloves. Results were compared with EN 374-3.


The new test procedure allows a more specific selection of the suitable glove and better estimation of real protection time but it is more difficult than EN 374-3. The decision scheme for selection of suitable gloves based on information from material databases may reduce the effort.


Oppl, R.: Chemikalienschutzhandschuhe. Schriftenreihe Juni 2000 des Hauptverbandes der gewerblichen Berufsgenossenschaften (HVBG), Sankt Augustin 2000

Final report (in German only) (PDF, 393 kB, nicht barrierefrei)

Last Update:

28 Nov 2002


Financed by:
  • Hauptverband der gewerblichen Berufsgenossenschaften (HVBG)
Research institution(s):
  • Miljö-Chemie, Umweltinstitut für Deutschland, Hamburg

-cross sectoral-

Type of hazard:

dangerous substances


Chemische Arbeitsstoffe, Persönliche Schutzausrüstung

Description, key words:

Development, testing and documentation of an economical and practical procedure for determination of permeability of chemical protective gloves, proposal of a decision scheme for the selection of suitable gloves in consideration of practical conditions