Cut Rated Gloves
The glove’s cut rating is a standardized system used to measure the cut resistance of gloves, indicating their ability to protect against sharp objects and materials. The rating is typically expressed in the following:
- ANSI Rating – This is an American National Standard that provides a rating from A1 to A9. A higher number indicates higher cut resistance.
- EN388 – This is a European Standard that assigns a rating from Level 1 to Level 5. The higher level corresponds to greater protection against cuts.
The ratings mentioned above will help you to choose the appropriate gloves based on your specific needs and the level of protection required for any task.
EN388 Tests Gloves with 4 Different Hazards
The EN388 assesses the mechanical performance of protective gloves used in various industrial applications. It evaluates the glove’s resistance to four different hazards:
- Abrasion resistance – This test measures the glove’s ability to withstand surface wear due to friction.
- Cut resistance – This test evaluates the glove’s resistance to cutting due to sharp objects including blade or knife.
- Tear resistance – It assesses the glove’s ability to resist tearing or ripping when subjected to pulling force.
- Puncture resistance – this test measures the glove’s ability to resist puncture caused by sharp objects like nails or needles.
Each of these four parameters are tested independently. The results are then combined to form the overall EN388 rating.