New EN 388 and ANSI 105 Standards for Cut Resistant Gloves

New EN 388 and ANSI 105 Standards for Cut Resistant Gloves

What in the world of cut is going on here? Chances are you’ve heard about the updates to North American ANSI/ISEA & International EN 388 testing standards for cut gloves. The changes are designed to provide safety managers and PPE purchasers with a more accurate and reliable cut rating system for working hands. 

The changes to ANSI/ISEA 105 & EN 388 cut standards will not only lead to more accurate and reliable cut safety standards, it will also benefit end users with better cut-resistant glove options for the task at hand.

Cutting Through the Confusion

The world of cut resistance is changing. Here's what you need to know:

  1. CE introduces the TDM machine for high-cut gloves testing beyond level 3. TDM (oscilating blade) test results have proven to be more consistent than previous CPPT (circular blade) test results due to blade dulling with high-tenacity materials. Therefore, the TDM machine is now the preferred testing method for ISEA ASTM F2992 & EN 388 ISO 13997 cut glove standards.
  2. ANSI will increase the number of cut levels from 1-5 under ASTM F-1790 to A1-A9 under ASTM F2992 to provide more accurate and defined cut ratings. This allows ANSI to extend the old level 5 standard (1500g-3499g) and offer more accurate cut-resistant glove options beyond level 5.
  3. EN 388 will continue with the Coupe Test method for CE cut ratings 1-5 and introduce the TDM machine and ISO 13997 cut ratings A-F for high-cut fabrics.

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