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What is BS EN 45573-2017?

BS EN 45573-2017, also known as "Personal protective equipment - Protective gloves against ionizing radiation and radioactive contamination," is a technical standard that specifies the requirements and test methods for gloves used as personal protective equipment (PPE) against ionizing radiation and radioactive contamination.

Classification and Requirements

The standard classifies the gloves into three categories: Type A, Type B, and Type C, based on their resistance to ionizing radiation and radioactive contamination. Each type has specific requirements that gloves must meet.

Type A gloves provide the highest level of protection and are suitable for use in high-radioactivity environments. These gloves should have low permeability to radioactive liquids and solids.

Type B gloves offer medium-level protection and are designed for use in low to moderate radioactivity conditions. They provide good dexterity and tactile sensitivity while still offering a barrier against radioactive materials.

Type C gloves are intended for general use and provide the lowest level of protection. They are typically used in non-hazardous or low-risk areas where minimal exposure to ionizing radiation is expected.

Testing Methods

The standard also outlines various test methods to evaluate gloves' performance against ionizing radiation and radioactive contamination. These include tests for permeability, tensile strength, puncture resistance, and compatibility with skin.

Permeability testing determines how well the gloves prevent the penetration of radioactive liquids or particles. Tensile strength testing measures the gloves' ability to withstand stretching forces. Puncture resistance testing assesses their resistance to sharp objects.

Moreover, the compatibility with skin test evaluates the potential adverse effects caused by prolonged use of gloves, such as irritations or allergies.

Usage and Compliance

BS EN 45573-2017 is essential for manufacturers, suppliers, and users of protective gloves against ionizing radiation and radioactive contamination. Compliance with this standard ensures that the gloves offer appropriate levels of protection in their intended environments.

It's crucial to follow proper glove selection, usage, and disposal procedures to minimize the risk of exposure to harmful radiation and radioactive materials.

Remember, BS EN 45573-2017 sets the benchmark for protective gloves, ensuring the safety and well-being of those working in potentially hazardous environments where there is a risk of exposure to ionizing radiation or radioactive contamination.



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