Let’s face it, workers wearing safety gloves probably aren’t thinking about how their glove materials may be hazardous to their skin. Or, about what goes into the actual manufacturing of their gloves. They're biggest concern is typically whether or not the glove will do its job protecting their hands from hazards. To be fair, they shouldn’t have to spend their time worrying about the materials and production process. It is the manufacturer's responsibility to take the guesswork out of the equation and produce skin-safe products.
The Helix® Series is comprised of gloves that meet various strict health-related standards – Oeko-Tex Standard 100, proDERM Certification and REACH Compliance. These select gloves are skin-safe and void of harmful substances that can cause irritation to your skin.
What exactly do these certifications mean and why do they matter? Let’s dig a little deeper...
REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals)
REACH is a European Union (EU) regulation that came into effect in 2007. It was set in place to improve the protection of human health and the environment from risks that can be posed by chemicals in products and the production of products.
(Fun fact: the regulation took seven years to pass and has been described as “the most complex legislation in the EU’s history.”) 1
In order to be REACH compliant, companies must prove that they can identify and manage the risks related to the substances they manufacture and market in the EU. Ultimately, the goal is to replace the most hazardous substances with less harmful ones. REACH compliance certifies products do not contain substances classified as toxic in any way. 1
Helix® gloves that are REACH compliant: 1090, 1091, 1092, 2066, 2068, 2080, 2081, 2082, 2083, 2085, 2086, 2087, 2088, 2089, 2096
Oeko-Tex Standard 100
The Oeko-Tex Standard 100 is a worldwide independent testing and certification system. It tests raw, semi-finished, and finished textile products as well as accessory materials used in products. Textiles and materials in gloves are tested stringently, guaranteeing that there are no substances that affect human health. This specific testing system can identify and eliminate potential sources of substances that could be problematic at each processing stage. 2
Helix® gloves that meet the Oeko-Tex Standard 100: 1090, 2066
proDERM is a leading international contract research organization. They specialize in conducting clinical studies in dermatology, among other fields. The proDERM Institute for Applied Dermatological Research measures and assesses skin tolerability and efficacy of products. proDERM certification is awarded to gloves that are clinically tested and approved by the Institute. This certification rules materials free of silicones and solvents – making them safe for sensitive skin.3
Helix® gloves that have proDERM Certification: 1090, 2066
While health certifications aren’t necessarily a requirement for safety gloves, it’s a step towards further transparency and keeping workers safe.
Have questions about any of these health certifications? Interested in trialing the Helix® Series? Reach out to one of our Safety Solutions Specialists at 1-616-459-4144 or firstname.lastname@example.org.