What in the world of cut is going on here? Chances are you’ve heard about the looming updates to the North American ANSI/ISEA & International EN 388 testing standards for cut gloves as the safety industry transitions to 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 and it's important to note that there will be variations between testing standards until an official timeline for change is mandated by CE & ANSI bodies. Here's what we know about the upcoming changes:
- Introducing the TDM machine. TDM test results have proven to be more consistent than previous CPPT test results. Therefore, the TDM machine is now the recommended testing method for future ANSI/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 for working hands. This allows ANSI to extend the old level 5 standard (1500g-3499g) further and offer more accurate cut-resistant glove options beyond level 5. There’s currently no mandatory testing deadline to make these changes in North America.
- EN 388 will continue with the Coupetest method for CE cut ratings 1-5 and introduce the TDM machine and ISO 13997 cut ratings A-F for high-cut fabrics. European manufacturers will be held to a mandatory testing deadline that will be announced in the future.