In today's workplace, safety is of the utmost importance, and gloves play a significant role in protecting workers' hands from a variety of hazards. However, not all gloves are created equal, and it is essential to ensure that the gloves being used are certified to meet safety standards.
Several organizations provide certifications for gloves. In the workplace, hand protection is crucial to prevent injury and maintain worker safety. To ensure gloves meet the necessary safety standards, various organizations set certification and testing requirements. These organizations include the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), and Conformité Européene (CE).s, including ANSI, ISEA, OSHA, CE, and CCOHS. These certifications ensure that the gloves meet certain safety standards and are suitable for use in specific industries.
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) sets standards for safety equipment, including gloves. ANSI has two categories of standards for gloves, performance standards, and classification standards. Performance standards specify how well the gloves protect against particular hazards such as punctures, cuts, or chemical exposure. Classification standards indicate the glove's ability to resist abrasions, cuts, punctures, and other hazards, but do not specify the level of protection. ANSI also requires gloves to be tested in accredited laboratories to ensure they meet the standards set.
The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) also provides standards for gloves. ISEA's standards are developed with input from glove manufacturers, safety professionals, and other stakeholders. ISEA's standards cover many aspects of gloves, including the materials used, the type of protection provided, and performance criteria. ISEA also requires that gloves be tested by accredited laboratories.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is a government agency that regulates workplace safety. OSHA requires employers to provide workers with personal protective equipment (PPE), including gloves, when there is a risk of injury or exposure to hazardous materials. OSHA also provides guidelines for selecting the appropriate gloves for different hazards.
The Conformité Européene (CE) mark is a certification mark that indicates that a product meets European Union safety, health, and environmental protection requirements. Gloves with the CE mark have been tested and meet the requirements for protection against specific hazards.
The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) is a government agency that provides information and guidance on occupational health and safety. CCOHS recommends that employers select gloves that have been tested and certified to meet the applicable safety standards.
The ANSI/ISEA 105-2016 Standard sets requirements for the classification and testing of hand protection based on cut resistance, puncture resistance, and abrasion resistance. Gloves are classified into nine levels of cut resistance and six levels of puncture resistance, and the abrasion resistance is rated on a scale of 0 to 6. The FME glove meets ANSI/ISEA 105-2016 Level 4 cut resistance and Level 3 puncture resistance, and Level 4 abrasion resistance.
OSHA requires that employers assess their workplace hazards and provide employees with appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), including gloves, to protect against identified hazards. Gloves must meet the specific needs of the worker, including protection against cuts, punctures, abrasions, and chemical exposure. The FME glove meets the OSHA requirements for PPE as it provides excellent dexterity and cut resistance, making it suitable for workers in a range of hazardous industries.
CCOHS recommends that gloves meet Canadian Standards Association (CSA) standards, which are similar to the ANSI/ISEA standards. The FME glove meets CSA standards, providing workers with reliable protection from hazards.
CE marking is required for gloves sold in the European Union, indicating that the product meets safety, health, and environmental protection standards. The FME glove is CE certified, demonstrating compliance with these requirements.
In summary, the FME glove meets the requirements of ANSI/ISEA, OSHA, CCOHS, and CE. The glove provides excellent protection against cuts, punctures, abrasions, and chemical exposure while offering high dexterity and durability. By meeting these regulatory requirements, workers can be confident in the safety and effectiveness of the FME glove.