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New European Regulation applicable to domestic oven gloves

EU type examination requirement

29th March 2018

On March 31st 2016 the European Commission released new legislation covering the manufacture and sale of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). This was published as Regulation (EU) 2016/425 and will be applied from 21st April 2018. The previous European PPE legislation, namely Directive 89/686, excluded domestic oven gloves from its scope which meant that until now certification was not required for these products. However, the new regulation does include oven gloves for domestic use and requires that they are subject to an EU type examination by a Notified Body. SATRA tests against European Standards EN420:2003 +A1:2009 and prEN407:2017.

prEN407:2017 includes testing procedures designed to assess thermal insulation properties of protective gloves at a range of temperatures. Domestic ovens will typically reach 240C at their highest settings and, at this temperature, burns to the skin will occur on contact with metal or ceramic surfaces such as cookware items and oven shelving. It is important that any item sold as an oven glove is constructed of material(s) able to withstand such high temperatures, and that the whole glove will provide the wearer with adequate hand and wrist protection. Testing to this standard and CE Marking ensures all oven gloves on the market have standardised protective properties.

SATRA is running a seminar on Tuesday 1st May at its test facility in Kettering for manufacturers and suppliers of oven gloves to help clarify details about the new regulation. The seminar will include an explanation of the new PPE Regulation (2016/425) and prEN407:2017 as well as the new obligations and timescales; the performance requirements of the relevant European standards; CE Marking requirements and also what needs to be included on labels and user information. Visitors will learn more about the chemical safety tests involved and will get an opportunity to tour SATRA’s test laboratories.

SATRA is dedicated to supporting its customers through the certification process and has over 20 years’ experience. Many of SATRA’s technical experts are considered among the leaders in their field and are members of various international technical committees responsible for the development and application of performance standards for all types of PPE gloves.

In order to continue placing oven gloves on the market manufacturers will now have to meet the requirements of the new PPE Regulation and it will be illegal to place new products on the market that are not compliant with the new PPE Regulation.

To find out more, please contact ppe@satra.com