Protective gloves can be divided into 3 categories depending on type and which risk or danger the gloves should protect against.
Gloves of simple design, for minimal risks only. Example of gloves in this category are house-hold gloves used for cleaning and for protection against warm objects or temperatures not exceeding +50° C.
Additional gloves in this category can include light-duty gardening gloves or other work where the risk for injury is minimal.
Gloves of intermediate design, for intermediate risks. Gloves are placed in this category when the risk is not classified as minimal or irreversible. The gloves must be subjected to independent testing and certification by a Notified Body, whom then issues a CE marking showing the gloves protective capacities. In this category you will find general handling gloves requiring good puncture and abrasion performance according to EN 388.
Gloves of complex design, for irreversible or mortal risks
Gloves in this category are designed to protect against the highest levels of risk e.g. highly corrosive acids. Gloves in this category must also be independently tested and certified by a Notified Body (approved by the EU commission).