ASTM E3109 - 18

    Standard Specification for Protective Gloves Worn by Law Enforcement and Corrections Officers

    Active Standard ASTM E3109 | Developed by Subcommittee: E54.04

    Book of Standards Volume: 15.08


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    1. Scope

    1.1 This specification addresses protective gloves worn by law enforcement and corrections officers.

    1.2 This specification and related standards were developed by subject matter experts, including experienced end users, using data from a survey of more than 800 U.S. law enforcement and corrections officers.

    1.3 This specification addresses performance requirements, performance ratings, and test methods for whole gloves and for glove components (for example, materials, layers).

    Note 1: This specification references published ASTM standards.

    1.3.1 A glove is not uniform in terms of the protection it provides, and different portions or areas of a glove (for example, palm, fingertip) may offer different protection.

    1.3.2 It is not intended that a single glove meet all specified performance requirements within this specification.

    1.4 The glove supplier will identify which of the performance requirements a specific glove meets and the performance ratings for the different portions or areas of the glove.

    1.5 This specification specifies performance requirements for (1) physical protection, including resistance to cut, puncture, and needle stick, and (2) resistance to abrasion and tearing to ensure protection is maintained during use.

    1.5.1 A document outlining dexterity and other physical protection requirements identified by end users as important is being developed.

    1.6 It is expected that this specification will be used by suppliers, test laboratories, certification bodies, and purchasers.

    1.7 It is intended that two related standards be used in conjunction with this specification:

    1.7.1 A Guide for Selection, Procurement, and Use of Protective Gloves Worn by Law Enforcement and Corrections, in development by ASTM.

    1.7.2 Practice E3108.

    1.8 Units—The values stated in SI or CGS2 units are to be regarded as standard. The primary units displayed in this standard are consistent with the referenced ASTM test methods. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions that are provided for information only.

    1.9 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

    1.10 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    D1424 Test Method for Tearing Strength of Fabrics by Falling-Pendulum (Elmendorf-Type) Apparatus

    F2992/F2992M Test Method for Measuring Cut Resistance of Materials Used in Protective Clothing with Tomodynamometer (TDM-100) Test Equipment

    Other Standards

    ISO EN 388:2003 Gloves Giving Protection from Mechanical Risks Available from International Organization for Standardization (ISO), ISO Central Secretariat, BIBC II, Chemin de Blandonnet 8, CP 401, 1214 Vernier, Geneva, Switzerland, http://www.iso.org.

    NIJ Test Protocol 99-114


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 13.340.40 (Hand and arm protection)

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    DOI: 10.1520/E3109-18

    Citation Format

    ASTM E3109-18, Standard Specification for Protective Gloves Worn by Law Enforcement and Corrections Officers, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2018, www.astm.org

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