What in the world of cut is going on here? The folks at CE and ANSI have updated the old EN 388: 2003 and ANSI/ISEA 105: 2005 standards to provide a more accurate test method for cut resistant gloves. The EN 388: 2016 and ANSI/ISEA 105: 2016 standards are intended to provide safety managers and PPE purchasers with a more accurate and reliable global cut rating system for working hands.

Here's what you need to know:

  1. EN 388: 2016 will continue with the Coupe Test method and introduce the TDM machine for high-cut gloves testing beyond Level 3. EN 388: 2016 now incorporates ISO 13997 cut ratings A-F for high-cut fabrics.
  2. ANSI/ISEA 105: 2016 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.

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