Do Your Work Gloves WORK?

Nov 19 2021

We’re passionate about preventing accidents with our range of protective gloves. 

But to do this we need the gloves to be worn.  They need to be functional, comfortable and provide the necessary protection. 

That’s why we’ve made sure that the Stop'N'Go range is made up of products that offer the best possible protection and quality. 

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To do this we need to get every pair of gloves certified to EN ISO 21420:2020. 

What Is EN ISO 21420:2020?

EN ISO 21420:2020 (better known as ISO 21420) has superseded EN420:2003+A1:2009 and is the standard that any protective glove must conform to.  It can be viewed as a gateway to being certified and referred to as personal protective equipment (PPE). 

ISO 21420 covers a wide range of requirements, however, there are 3 main sections that are of particular interest to the users (you!). 

Glove Design & Construction 

This section lays out the ways in which any glove must be designed and constructed.  The main purpose is to ensure that the gloves will be fit for use and applicable in a variety of situations.  The glove must not impair the operator in performing their activity/task. 

This section covers requirements in a general way and is not exhaustive.  Certain workplaces may have unique processes that are not covered.  However, this section ensures that the gloves are sympathetically designed for most workplaces. 


This section ensures that gloves do not adversely affect the health and hygiene of the user. Glove materials must not be toxic, toxic to reproduction, carcinogenic, mutagenic, allergenic, corrosive, sensitising or irritating. This includes any substance that may be released by the materials over time or in use. 

All the materials used in constructing the gloves are given a set of parameters they must meet in terms of construction and materials.  For instance, this includes the pH level of each separate material. 

Comfort & Efficiency 

This covers 2 main components: 

Sizing – All gloves must fall within a range of sizes from 4 to 13 (3XS-4XL).  The parameters of the sizes are set by the circumference of the hand to the length from the wrist to the tip of the middle finger. 

Dexterity – This is determined by a variety of different factors, including the materials used and the thickness of coatings applied.  Dexterity is graded by the diameter of the smallest steel pin that can be picked up from a flat surface three times in 30 seconds.

If no pin can be picked up, the level achieved is zero.  A rating of between 1 to 5 is given. 

In addition to this standard our gloves also conform to EN 388:2016+A1:2018 for mechanical hazards and EN 511 for thermal protection. 

Final Thoughts 

So why don't you put us to the test! Get in touch with us to arrange a trial in your workplace to see the Stop'N'Go gloves in action, and experience the benefits of quality protective gloves that make your driver communications safer. 

Call us on 01443 743398 or email us at  

Alternatively, you can fill out our sample request form and we’ll get in touch with you to arrange the trials.