EN 455-2 Physical Properties Testing of Medical Gloves

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Medical gloves are tested to ensure they have a high level of resistance to penetration by sharp objects, chemicals, bacteria, viruses, fungi, etc., as well as being comfortable enough so they do not interfere with normal hand function.

EN 455-2 specifies the tensile test requirements of single-use medical gloves. The material tensile strength and elongation are important measures of a glove’s quality and performance. Different glove materials require different force at break requirements to ensure an acceptable performance.

Type Force at Break
Surgical Gloves  9 N
Examination Gloves 6 N
Thermoplastic Gloves   3.6 N

Important Considerations When Selecting EN 455-2 Test Machine

  • The test machine load capacity needs to measure load accurately. The load cell needs to be selected to be less than the maximum load anticipated (e.g. 25 N or less).
  • The load frame must be capable of stretching the full extension of the test. Assume that the load frame must be capable of a minimum of 750 mm of sample travel. The test machine must be capable of a speed of at least 500 mm per min (20 inches per minute) - a higher return speed ensures better throughput rate.
  • Your test machine should be configured with a load cell appropriate for the strength of the sample under test, with jaws that firmly grip but do not damage the test specimen and with a crosshead speed of 500 mm/min.
  • Special EN 455-2 sample cutting dies are needed.
  • The controller software ought to be straightforward and easy to use. Analysis and reporting requirements include peak load, tensile stress (or tension,), tensile strength, yield point, ultimate elongation.

Medical Glove Test Machine

We recommend using our high travel universal test machine for testing medical gloves. Your extensometer should be equipped with a load cell appropriate for the strength of the sample under test, with jaws that firmly grip but do not damage the test specimen and with a crosshead speed of 500 mm/min.

If you are in need of a medical glove test machine or any other type of PPE test machine, contact us. We have a wide range of test machines, accessories and software to ensure you get the right solution for your test.