Safety testing holds PPE providers responsible for correctly classifying product features and performance ratings to meet industry standards. The CE mark makes a statement to consumers, safety professionals, and purchasers that the product meets industry and consumer PPE requirements.
When it comes to work gloves for mechanical risks and industrial applications, CE standard EN 388: 2016 measures the ability of the glove to protect working hands against abrasions, lacerations, tearing, punctures, and impact injuries. Each test produces a performance rating based on progressive protection levels. The higher the number or letter rating, the greater the protection provided. This allows the wearer or health and safety professional to choose a set of gloves with a performance rating that is best suited for the environment and task at hand.
Cut Resistance is tested using the the Coup test. The CE EN 388 standard assigns a 1-5 numerical rating for cuts. Next, an alpha-identifier (A-F) is added to align with and provide comparison to the ANSI 1-9 rating, using the ISO test.