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AS/NZS 2161.7.

1:1998
BS EN 1082-1:1997

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Australian/New Zealand Standard


Occupational protective gloves Part 7.1: Protection against cuts and stabs by hand knives Chainmail gloves and arm guards
[BS EN title: Protective clothing Gloves and arm guards protecting against cuts and stabs by hand knives, Part 1: Chainmail gloves and arm guards]

AS/NZS 2161.7.1:1998 This Joint Australian/New Zealand Standard was prepared by Joint Technical Committee SF/23, Occupational Protective Gloves. It was approved on behalf of the Council of Standards Australia on 21 August 1998 and on behalf of the Council of Standards New Zealand on 7 September 1998. It was published on 5 November 1998.

The following interests are represented on Committee SF/23:


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Association of Certication Bodies Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Bureau of Steel Manufacturers of Australia Department of Labour, New Zealand Griffith University Safety Institute of Australia Telstra Corporation, Australia University of Otago, New Zealand University of Western Sydney WorkCover, New South Wales Worksafe, Western Australia

Review of Standards. To keep abreast of progress in industry, Joint Australian/ New Zealand Standards are subject to periodic review and are kept up to date by the issue of amendments or new editions as necessary. It is important therefore that Standards users ensure that they are in possession of the latest edition, and any amendments thereto. Full details of all Joint Standards and related publications will be found in the Standards Australia and Standards New Zealand Catalogue of Publications; this information is supplemented each month by the magazines The Australian Standard and Standards New Zealand, which subscribing members receive, and which give details of new publications, new editions and amendments, and of withdrawn Standards. Suggestions for improvements to Joint Standards, addressed to the head office of either Standards Australia or Standards New Zealand, are welcomed. Notication of any inaccuracy or ambiguity found in a Joint Australian/New Zealand Standard should be made without delay in order that the matter may be investigated and appropriate action taken.

This Standard was issued in draft form for comment as DR 97415.

AS/NZS 2161.7.1:1998

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Australian/New Zealand Standard


Occupational protective gloves Part 7.1: Protection against cuts and stabs by hand knives Chainmail gloves and arm guards

Originated in New Zealand as part of NZSR 9:1965 and NZS 1988:1965. Final New Zealand edition NZS 5812:1982. Jointly revised and redesignated in part as AS/NZS 2161.7.1:1998.

Published jointly by: Standards Australia 1 The Crescent, Homebush NSW 2140 Australia Standards New Zealand Level 10, Radio New Zealand House, 155 The Terrace, Wellington 6001 New Zealand
ISBN 0 7337 2219 9

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PREFACE
This Standard was prepared by the Joint Standards Australia/Standards New Zealand Committee SF/23, Occupational Protective Gloves to supersede (in part) NZS 5812:1982. This Standard is identical with and has been reproduced from, BS EN 1082-1:1997 Protective clothing Gloves and arm guards protecting against cuts and stabs by hand knives, Part 1: Chain mail gloves and arm guards. As this Standard is reproduced from a European Standard, the following applies: (a) (b)
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Its number appears on the cover and title page while the European Standard number appears only on the cover. In the source text, this European Standard should read this Australian/New Zealand Standard. A full point substitutes for a comma when referring to a decimal marker.

(c)

Guidance for the selection, care and use of occupational protective gloves is not covered by this Standard but is provided in a separate Standard in the series which is in the course of preparation. In the course of considering adoption of this Standard, Committee SF/23 agreed that the readers attention should be drawn to the following: Glove size may not be able to be measured to the accuracies specified in this Standard due to the nature of chainmail. The specified sizes do not reflect hand sizes of the working population. This Australian/New Zealand Standard is identical with BS EN 1082-1:1997 and is reproduced by permission of CEN rue de Stassart, 36, B-1050 Bruxelles. All rights of exploitation of this document in any form and by any means are reserved worldwide by CEN to CEN National Members and reproduction may not be undertaken without the expressed permission in writing of CEN through Standards Australia or Standards New Zealand. The terms normative and informative have been used in this Standard to define the application of the annex to which they apply. A normative annex is an integral part of a Standard, whereas an informative annex is only for information and guidance.

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CONTENTS
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0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 INTRODUCTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SCOPE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . NORMATIVE REFERENCE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DEFINITIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . REQUIREMENTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TEST APPARATUS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PROCEDURES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MARKING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . INFORMATION FOR USERS AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE PICTOGRAM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 1 1 1 2 3 5 7 7 7

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ANNEXES A COLOUR CODES OF SELECTED GLOVE SIZES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B HAND AND ARM SIZES, PROTECTIVE GLOVE AND ARM GUARD SIZES C ADVICE ON THE SELECTION OF PLASTICS FOR USE IN ARM GUARDS D SELECTION AND FITTING OF GLOVES AND ARM GUARDS TO PROVIDE COMFORT AND PROTECTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ZA CLAUSES OF THIS EUROPEAN STANDARD ADDRESSING ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS OR OTHER PROVISIONS OF EU DIRECTIVES . . . . . .

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1 AUSTRALIAN/NEW ZEALAND STANDARD Occupational protective gloves Part 7.1: Protection against cuts and stabs by hand knives Chainmail gloves and arm guards
0 Introduction
Chain mail gloves and metal or plastic arm guards that offer some protection against stabs are used in those aspects of work where a knife is moved towards the users hand and forearm, especially when working with hand knives in slaughterhouses, in the meat, fish and shellfish processing industries, in large scale catering establishments, and in manual boning-out operations to process meat, game and poultry Protective gloves and arm guards against stabs may also offer adequate protection for those working with hand knives in the plastics, leather, textile and paper industries, when laying flooring and similar tasks. Attention is drawn to legislation and other standards concerning public health in the food industry and hygiene in the meat processing industries, that might apply to the construction, construction materials and cleaning of protective gloves and arm guards and associated straps and fasteners. It should be noted that the tests specified in this European Standard are designed to be severe, and in some cases destructive, in order to adequately test the products. The requirements in this European Standard based on these tests do not imply that in normal use, knives will penetrate gloves or arm guards by significant distances. It has been assumed in the drafting of this European Standard that the execution of its provisions is entrusted to appropriately qualified and experienced people, for whose guidance it has been prepared. The apparatus described should only be used by competent persons and requires safeguards to prevent, as far as is reasonably practicable, injury to the operator and other persons.

3 Definitions
For the purposes of this European Standard, the following definitions apply. 3.1 Anatomical The defined terms are illustrated in figure 1. 3.1.1 digit One of the terminal divisions of the hand. These are numbered from (1) the thumb, to (5) the little finger in figure 1 and the numbers are used to denote the appropriate digits in this European Standard. 3.1.2 wrist This is the radio-carpal joint. To obtain the surface marking of the wrist level place the hand and forearm, fully relaxed, on a flat surface with the palm upwards. A finger tip is pressed firmly in the direction of the arrow in figure 1, to palpate the styloid process of the ulna, which is located towards the dorsal surface of the hand. Mark the transverse level of the palpated ulna styloid process. A plane 10 mm proximal to this level is the plane of the wrist. Note that skin creases are not an adequate guide to the level of the wrist. 3.2 Clothing The defined terms are illustrated in figure 2. 3.2.1 glove A hand covering for the whole hand that has protective material extending to the wrist and covers each digit separately, see figure 2a. 3.2.2 short cuff glove A glove with protective material continuous with it of length (A) in figure 2b proximal to the wrist. 3.2.3 long cuff glove A glove with a permanently attached stiff but flexible cuff of length (B) in figure 2c covering the forearm to a point which is at a distance (C) in figure 2c from the upper arm surface when the elbow is flexed at 90.
NOTE. Deprecated: gauntlet: this is an inexact synonym of long cuff glove.

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1 Scope
This European Standard specifies requirements for the design, penetration resistance, ergonomic characteristics, straps, weight, material, marking and instructions for use, of gloves and arm guards. It also specifies the appropriate test methods. This European Standard applies to protective chain mail gloves and to metal and plastics arm guards for use with hand knives.

2 Normative reference
This European Standard incorporates by dated or undated reference, provisions from other publications These normative references are cited at the appropriate places in the text and the publications are listed hereafter. For dated references, subsequent amendments to or revisions of any of these publications apply to this European Standard only when incorporated in it by amendment or revision. For undated references the latest edition of the publication referred to applies. EN 412: 1993 Protective aprons for use with hand knives

3.2.4 arm guard A protective device covering the forearm. It may be permanently attached to or held in place by a glove with a special short cuff of length (D) in figure 2c while both are used. It extends to a point which is at distance (C) from the upper arm surface when the elbow is flexed at 90. 3.2.5 arm guard and glove assembly An arm guard correctly attached to or correctly worn with a compatible glove with a total length (B) in figures 2c and 2d from the wrist. 3.2.6 long arm guard A protective device that covers the forearm and extends onto the upper arm. It may be secured to the

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