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This International Standard specifies test methods and minimum requirements for protective gloves to be worn

during fire fighting and associated activities where there is a risk of heat and/or flame.

The purpose of this International Standard is to provide minimum performance requirements for protective gloves

designed to protect against injury in fire fighting operations.

This International Standard covers the general glove design, the minimum performance levels of the materials used

and the methods of test for determining these performance levels. With the exception of flame resistance and

ergonomic requirements, this International Standard establishes three levels of performance for all other

performance requirements. Type 3 gloves provide a higher level of thermal insulation and physical protection, and

require liquid penetration resistance (including synthetic blood) as compared to Type 2 gloves. Type 1 gloves are

intended to provide minimum requirements for gloves in any fire fighting application, such as for wildland fire

fighting. Annex E provides a comparison of the performance requirements for all three glove types.

This International Standard does not cover special gloves for use in other high risk situations such as specialized

fire fighting. It does not cover protection for the head, torso, arms, legs and feet or protection of the hands against

other hazards, e.g. chemical, biological, radiation and electrical hazards, except for limited, accidental exposure to

fireground chemicals and contaminated blood or body fluids (Type 3 gloves). These aspects may be dealt with in

other standards.

Selection of the appropriate system of clothing, including gloves, is dependant on carrying out an effective risk

assessment which identifies the hazards to be faced, evaluates the likelihood of those hazards and provides the

means of reducing or eliminating these hazards. Guidelines for conducting a risk assessment and some factors for

consideration are included in annex D.


General information

  • Status :  Published
    Publication date : 2001-09
    Corrected version (en) : 2003-04
    Corrected version (fr) : 2003-04
  • Edition : 1
    Number of pages : 22
  • :
    ISO/TC 94/SC 14
    Firefighters' personal equipment
  • 13.340.10
    Protective clothing
    13.340.40
    Hand and arm protection

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