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