Air temperature, wind speed, and moisture present major challenges for working hands in cold environments. In order to counterbalance these factors, it’s important to have properly rated outerwear for any given work environment. When it comes to choosing the right set of specialty cold weather work gloves or traditional winter gloves, it’s important to understand how cold weather gloves are tested and rated for use.
Heat retention is critical in cold working environments especially with prolonged exposure to the elements, but not just any cold weather glove will do. The blood in your body is sensitive to temperature changes of as little as .5 degrees Celsius! So, evaluating the type of work and severity of weather in your region will help determine the level of protection you need.
CE European Glove Standard EN 511: 2016 specifies the requirements and test methods for gloves which protect against convective and conductive cold down to -50 °C. This cold can be linked to the climatic conditions or an industrial activity. The specific value of the different performance levels are decided by the special requirements for each class of risk or the special areas of application. Don't worry, we break it all down in our EN 511: 2016 infographic.