Radioactive Contamination


Standard EN421:2010

Relevant Australian standard: AS/NZS 2161.8:2002

Gloves giving protection from radioactive contamination and ionising radiation


This standard applies to gloves to protect from ionising radiation and radioactive contamination.

  •  To protect from radioactive contamination, the glove has to be liquid proof and needs to pass the penetration test defined in EN374.
  • For gloves used in containment enclosures, the glove shall pass in addition a specific air pressure leak test.
  • Materials may be modelled by their behaviour to ozone cracking. This test is optional and can be used as an aid to selecting gloves.
  • To protect from ionising radiation, the glove has to contain a certain amount of lead or equivalent metal, quoted as lead equivalence. This lead equivalence must be marked on each glove.