Standards / pictograms

Standards and pictograms:
All performance levels, pictograms and information specified in this catalogue comply with the state as of September 2019. These are subject to change during the validity of this catalogue.
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General explanations of achieved performance levels (all tests were carried out under laboratory conditions):

1-6 / A-F       Achieved test result (the higher, the better)
0                    Minimum performance level not achieved
X                    Not tested or not applicable due to the material or design


Workwear / protective clothing

Protective clothing against liquid chemicals

Performance requirements for clothing with liquid-tight (Type 3) or spray-tight (Type 4) connections, including items providing protection to parts of the body only (Types PB [3] and PB [4]).

Protective clothing for use against solid particulates

Performance requirements for chemical protective clothing providing protection to the full body against airborne solid particulates (type 5 clothing).

Protective clothing against liquid chemicals

Performance requirements for chemical protective clothing offering limited protective performance against liquid chemicals (Type 6 and Type PB [6] equipment).

Protective clothing against infective agents

Performance requirements and test methods for protective clothing against infective agents.

Protective clothing against radioactive contamination

Requirements and test methods for non-ventilated protective clothing against particulate radioactive contamination.

Protective clothing - Electrostatic properties 

Part 5: Material performance and design requirements.

Personal protective equipment - Knee protectors for work in the kneeling position

Requirements for knee protectors for work in the kneeling position.

Test parameter
Performance level
APuncture resistance1-2

High-visibility clothing

Protective clothing - Protection against rain

Requirements and test methods for materials and seams of protective clothing against the influence of precipitation (e. g. rain, snow), fog and ground humidity.

Test parameter
Performance level
AResistance to water
BWater vapour permeability

High-visibility clothing

Requirements for high-visibility clothing which signals the presence of wearers visually. The high-visibility clothing ensures that the wearer is strikingly visible for drivers or operators of other technical equipment in all lighting conditions; both under conditions in daylight or under spotlight in the dark. The class of clothing depends on the smallest area of the visible material.

Test parameter
AMinimum area of the visible material in square meters

Class 3
Class 2
Class 1
Background material
0,80 qm
0,50 qm
0,14 qm
Retroreflective material
0,20 qm
0,13 qm
0,10 qm
Material with combined features
n. a.
n. a.
0,20 qm

Foot protection

Personal protective equipment - Safety footwear

Basic and additional (optional) requirements for safety footwear used for general purpose. It includes for example mechanical risks, slip resistance, thermal risks, ergonomic behaviour.

Respiratory protection

Respiratory protective devices - Filtering half masks to protect against particles

Minimum requirements for filtering half masks to be used as respiratory protective equipment to protect against particles. Does not apply to escape purposes.




Needle puncture testing

Test method for the determination of the puncture resistance against medical needles for materials and products.

This pictogram indicates, that protective gloves and arm protectors are made of the premium and innovative special yarn TAEKI. This yarn is refined with a special fibre which is characterised by a very high mechanical resistance and even withstands situations with heat. Due to these characteristics this fibre is preferentialy used by manufacturers from various industries (e.g. automotive sector, aeronautics) to produce durable and high-performance products.

The high-quality special yarn from KYORENE® has odour-inhibiting and antibacterial properties which ensure perfect wearing comfort. In addition, the KYORENE® special yarn has additional protection against contact heat.


Protective gloves, which are certified according to ERGO GLOVES, are characterised by excellent ergonomic properties. The certification includes testing and evaluation of dexterity, wearing comfort, fit and microclimate (temperature in the glove and breathability).

Vegetable tanned leather

Marks gloves, whose leather is vegetable tanned.


This pictogram indicates, that protective gloves are manufactured with the special yarn KATA 5. This yarn made of two high-quality and durable materials.It is characterised by its highest wearing comfort, highest dexterity and very high cut resistance. Further this innovative special yarn has an additional protection against contact heat.


This pictogram indicates, that the related disposable gloves are powdered.


This pictogram indicates, that the related disposable gloves are powder-free.


7 Gauge knit of gloves (Coarse knit)

10 Gauge knit of gloves (Average knit)
13 Gauge knit of gloves (Fine knit)
15 Gauge knit of gloves (Finest knit)
18 Gauge knit of gloves (Finest knit +)

For food contact

Products and items which are determined to come into contact with food.


SANITIZED® is the extra hygiene system, which operates odour-inhibiting and antibacterial. Further it contributes to a longer durability of the gloves.

Water-repellent coating

Marking of protective gloves, whose coating has been refined with a special water-repellent function.


STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® is an independent testing and certification system for textile raw materials, intermediate and end products at all processing stages. The tests for harmful substances include substances forbidden by law, substances regulated by law, substances known to be harmful (but not yet legally regulated) and parameters for health care.

AQL 1.5

The AQL (Acceptable Quality Level) defines a precisely procedure at which a certain subset of a good is allocated for a sample. This sample is tested according to settled standards and specifications. From the received results, it is possible to draw conclusions about the quality of the goods. The higher the requirements for a product are, the more stricter are the predefined guidelines. The AQL is therefore a statistical method for determining the quality. Medical gloves must be aseptic and must comply with DIN EN 455. An AQL (accepted quality level) of less than 1,5 is to be observed. The gloves are only tested for water resistance.

Hydrostatic head / Breathability

This pictogram indicates the hydrostatic head (mmHO) as well as the breathability (g/sqm/24h) of materials or complete garments (if applicable).


The HydroImperTex technology is applied as a coating on textiles and creates a water and dirt-repellent protective barrier. So the HydroImperTex technology protects textiles against e. g. climatic influences and makes the textiles more durable.

3M Scotchlite™ Reflective Material
3M Scotchlite™ Reflective Material ensures the early identification of people at dusk, darkness and poor visibility and protects them against possible serious accidents. Due to 3M Scotchlite™ Reflective Material, the user is more visible and it is possible to recognise him quickly. Therefore 3M Scotchlite™ Reflective Material is an important part of modern workwear.
CORDURA® Fabric is a very robust, abrasion-resistant, textured nylon. The slightly roughened surface gives the material a pleasant feel. It dries quickly and is water-repellent, so that the moisture drips off.

GUNOVA chemical protective aprons are made of strong and resistant PVC foil, have reinforced and welded in plastic eyelets and their neck and side ribbons are made of polyester drill.
2-way stretch
2-way stretch ensures highest wearing comfort and increases the flexibility as well as the adaptability of the clothing to the body.

Reinforced with Canvas
This pictogram indicates clothing that has high-quality canvas reinforcements at crucial parts. Thanks to this refinement, the clothing is particularly robust and durable.

Shoe weight
Specifies the weight of a shoe in size 42 in grams (g).

Electrostatics, Part 4-3 - Footwear

This part of IEC 61340 describes a test method for determining the electrical resistance of footwear, with which the electrostatic potential on individuals is controlled. This standard is suitable for use by manufacturers of footwear as well as by end users.

DGUV Rule112-191

Marks safety shoes which are certified to DGUV rule 112-191. These can be equipped with orthopaedic insoles which will be individually created for your feet. With a prescription from your orthopaedist, you can go to an orthopaedic shoemaker of your choice. In cooperation with our partner, the orthopaedic manufacturer Hartmann, your orthopaedic shoemaker will then be provided with the necessary material.

Partner: Matthias Hartmann Orthopädie + Sport GmbH, Schelde-Lahn-Straße 20, 35713 Eschenburg, Deutschland,

Hand / arm protection

Protective gloves - General requirements and test methods

This standard defines the general requirements and relevant test procedures for glove design and construction, resistance of glove materials to water penetration, innocuousness, comfort and efficiency, marking and information supplied by the manufacturer applicable to all protective gloves.

Protective gloves against mechanical risks

Requirements, test methods, marking and information to be supplied, for protective gloves against the mechanical risks of abrasion, blade cut, tear and puncture. Gloves which are only labelled with test parameters A-D, are certificated to EN 388:2003.

Test parameter
Performance level
AAbrasion resistance
BBlade cut resistance (Coupe)
CTear resistance
DPuncture resistance
EBlade cut resistance (TDM)

Protective gloves against chemicals and micro-organisms

Requirements for gloves to protect the user against chemicals and / or micro-organisms:
Type A: At least six test chemicals (protection index at least class 2 each)
Type B: At least three test chemicals (protection index at least class 2 each)
Type C: At least one test chemical (protection index at least class 1)

Test parameter
Code letter for test chemicals

Protective gloves against dangerous chemicals and micro-organisms

Requirements for protective gloves to protect the user against dangerous chemicals and / or micro-organisms:

Addition underneath the pictograms
Protection against
No addition
Bacteria, fungi
Bacteria, fungi, viruses

Protective gloves against cold

Requirements and test methods for protective gloves against convective cold or contact cold till -50°C. The cold may be related to climatic conditions or to occupations.

Test parameter
Performance level
AConvective cold
BContact cold

Protective gloves against thermal risks

Protective gloves against heat and / or fire and its identification.

Test parameter
Performance level
AResistance to flammability
BContact heat resistance
CConvective heat resistance
DRadiant heat resistance
EResistance to small splashes of molten metal
FResistance to large quantities of molten metal

Protective gloves for welders

Essential requirements and test methods for protective gloves for manual welding, cutting and related processes.
Type A: Low dexterity (with high other requirements)
Type B: High dexterity (with low other requirements)

Test parameter
Performance level
AResistance to flammability
BContact heat resistance
CConvective heat resistance
DRadiant heat resistance
EResistance to small splashes of molten metal
FResistance to large quantities of molten metal

Protective gloves - Electrostatic properties

Additional requirements for protective gloves that are worn in areas where flammable or explosive atmospheres exist or may exist (see IEC 60079-32-1). It specifies a test method and performance requirements, marking and information on electrostatically conductive protective gloves to minimize the risk of an explosion as low as possible. Antistatic protective gloves discharge electrostatic charges in a controlled manner and ensure that an electrostatic charge of the user is effectively avoided. The user has to be grounded accordingly. This requires the use of appropriate protective gloves, protective clothing, safety footwear and floorings.

Medical gloves for single use

Requirements and testing for freedom from holes, physical properties, biological evaluation and shelf life
determination of medical gloves for single use.

Eye protection

Personal eye protection

Functional requirements for different types of personal eye protection devices.

Marking of the oculars (example)

Scale number (only for filters)
Code numberScale number
Welding filter
Without1,2 - 16
Ultraviolet filter (the recognition of colours may be affected)21,2 - 5

Ultraviolet filter (good colour recognition)

Ultraviolet filter (good colour recognition)

Infrared filter
1,2 - 10
Sunglare filter (without infrared requirement)
1,1 - 4,1
Sunglare filter (with infrared requirement)
61,1 - 4,1

Scale number: The higher, the lower the permeability (Transmittance).

Optical class

The lower, the better.


Abbreviation for mechanical strength

Requirements for mechanical strength

Minimum robustness
Increased robustness
Protection against high speed particles (low energy impact)

Protection against high speed particles (medium 


Protection against high speed particles (high energy impact)

Marking of the frames (example)