Protective Glove Standards

Protective gloves are an essential part of workplace safety.
Protective gloves are an essential part of workplace safety. | Source

European Standards for Protective Gloves

DIN EN 659 is the German standard for the protective gloves worn by fire fighters. EN 12477 is the standard for welding gloves.

EN 13594 is the standard for the protective gloves worn by motorcycle riders. EN 374 gives the performance specifications for gloves that protect against chemicals and biological hazards.

EN 511 outlines the requirements for gloves that protect against the cold. Conversely, EN 407 is the protective gloves that offer protection from high temperatures or fire.


EN 388 describes the performance requirements for gloves that protect against mechanical risks like cuts. EN 388 only applies to protective clothing that also meets EN 420, the British standard for protective gloves.

ISO Glove Standards

ISO 13999-2 describes the impact cut test for leather and fabric gloves and arm guards. ISO 13999-2 is specific to gloves and arm guards intended to protect the wearer against being stabbed by a knife.

ISO 22488 is the standard for ship board firefighter’s protective clothing, including protective gloves. ISO 11393-4 outlines the performance requirements for gloves intended to protect those using hand held chain saws.

ASTM Glove Standards

ASTM F496-08 is the standard for caring for electrically insulating protective gloves. ASTM D120-09 is the standard for rubber electrically insulating gloves. ASTM F696-06 is the ASTM standard for leather protectors worn with rubber insulating gloves.

ASTM F903-10 is the test procedure used to measure the resistance of materials against the penetration of potentially dangerous liquids. ASTM F1383-12 is the test procedure for intermittent contact with liquids through protective clothing like gloves.

ASTM F903-10 includes protective gloves. ASTM F1342-05 determines how well clothing like protective gloves resists puncture.

ASTM F1494-03 lists the standard terminology ASTM uses for protective clothing standards, including protective gloves. ASTM F2061-12 gives the recommended practices for wearing and maintaining chemical protective clothing. ASTM F1154-11 gives the method of qualitatively determining how well protective clothing fits and functions. ANSI 105 is the ANSI recommended procedure for detecting the correct type of hand protection.

Different standards are used for medical gloves, though they can be considered protective gloves. For example, ASTM D7103-06e1 is the standard for assessing medical gloves. In contrast, ASTM F1296-08 describes the tests used to evaluate chemical protective clothing, including gloves.

Military Standards for Protective Gloves

MIL-G-44004 was the military standard for protective gloves as part of a suit to protect against toxicological or chemical threats. Though revised in 1982 and 1986, this mil spec was cancelled in 1986.

MIL-G-12223 is the military standard for gloves to protect against toxicological agents separate from a protective suit. MIL-G-12223 was revised in 1985 and 1990. MIL-G-51253 was the military standard for M4 impermeable protective gloves. MIL-G-51253 was revised in 1969 but cancelled in 1980.


MIL-G-21854 was the standard for fuel and oxidizer resistant gloves. MIL-G-21854 was revised 1962 and cancelled in 1998. MIL-G-44013 is the military standard for heat protective gloves. MIL-G-44013 was issued in 1979. MIL-G-44013 was updated in 1985 and 1988. Revision C of MIL-G-44013 is still in effect.


MIL-G-82248 was the military standard for terry knit heat protective gloves. MIL-G-82248 was revised 1986, but it was cancelled in 1999.


MIL-G-21887 was the military standard for rubber gloves to protect against nuclear radiation. MIL-G-21887 was revised in 1963 and cancelled in 1965. MIL-G-36479 was the military standard for gloves that protect against X-rays. MIL-G-36479 was revised in 1966 and cancelled in 1990.

Most modern government procurement regulations and military requirements reference ISO and ASTM standards as mil-spec for protective gloves, though older milspec standards for gloves are still used in conjunction with industrial standards.

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