EC standards for firefighter gloves18 June 2005
Tanneries Nouvelles Pechdo are constantly looking at ways to develop new technical standards for their leathers. Their latest development was to provide bellies, called Oleofuge, with a greater resistance to oil, chemical products and soiling while keeping their genuine softness, mechanical resistance and touch. These meet EN 659, which is the European Standard test for firefighter glove specifications. The current version, dated January 2004, replaced the previous one introduced in 1996. The requirements of this norm are based on several European standards as follows: - Mechanical Requirements EN 388 - General Requirements EN 420 - Thermal Risks EN 407 Depending on the norms, tests may be run on the finished glove or on a sandwich of the different components of the glove, or on one component only. The tannery also offers three types of leather tested according to EN 659. These leathers are Siliconned Beige 5014, HTT Black 1010 and Oleo Beige 5068. Siliconned Beige is more French Firefighter orientated while the HTT Black 1010 is more suited to other European regions. Oleo (only available today in Beige 5068) shows an improved resistance to both oil and heptane. These standards can be found at [http://www.afnor.fr] These new properties were achieved by a judicious application of the most efficient fluorinated resin available on the market. In order to ensure that the performance is maintained over a suitable period of time, the fluorinated chemical is applied into the leather structure. The leathers gave optimum results in tests performed in certified laboratories according to EN 659-03.