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Ansell Publishes Revised Guide to EN Standards For

EN guideBrussels, 29 April 2011 - Ansell Healthcare, a global leader in providing superior hand protection solutions for the industry, announces the publication of a Revised Guide to EN Standards for Gloves. This entirely new guide covers all information about the legally binding Framework Directive 89/391/EEC and 89/656/EEC as well as the PPE Directive 89/686/EEC. Designed to provide all employers with the up-to-date appropriate pieces of legislation they need to comply with, the new guide also enumerate useful knowledge and safety recommendations for users.

Seeking to upgrade social and welfare policy throughout Europe, the Single European Act includes a specific pledge to improve health and safety at work for all European workers. The commitment to ‘level up’ to the best practice currently employed within the Union has been enshrined in a legally binding Framework Directive (89/391/EEC), which not only lays down broad guidelines for health and safety but also places upon the employer an absolute duty ‘to ensure the safety and health of employees in their workplace’.

To ensure that employers are able to protect their workforce as well as be compliant with the current legislation, Ansell has developed a comprehensive, easy to use reference guide on the EN standards for Protective Gloves. As well as explaining how to comply with the PPE directives and EN 420:2003 General Requirements for gloves, the new Guide offers information on how to protect hands specifically against Chemicals and Microorganisms (EN 374:2003); Mechanical risks (EN 388:2003), Thermal hazards (EN 407:2004) and Cold (EN 511:2006); Radioactive contamination and ionising radiation (EN 421:2010) as well as two additional standards: Electrostatic properties (EN 1149) and Manual metal welding (EN 12477: 2001). The Guide also presents a brief explanation of the REACH regulation.

The revised guide to EN Standards for Protective Gloves is available to download at

About Ansell
Ansell is a world leader in providing superior health and safety protection solutions that enhance human well-being. With operations in North America, Latin America, EMEA and Asia, Ansell employs more than 10,000 people worldwide and holds leading positions in the natural latex and synthetic polymer glove and condom markets. Ansell operates in four main business segments: Medical Solutions, Industrial Solutions, New Verticals and Sexual Health & Well Being. Information on Ansell and its products can be found at

For more information about Ansell gloves or Ansell Healthcare, please contact:

Wouter Piepers, Global Communications Director
Tel: +32 2 528 75 68,
Cellular: +32 478 33 56 32,

Olivier Trop, Media Relations,
Cellular: +32 486 510 419

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