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17 May 16

ANSI 105 & EN 388: What You Need to Know!

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It’s hard for your hand protection program to be fully compliant unless you’ve got a handle on the most current rules and regulations.

There are two major global standards used to evaluate the protection levels of work gloves: ANSI/ISEA 105 (U.S. Standard) and EN 388 (EU Standard). It should be noted that EN 388 is also commonly cited in other parts of the world such as Canada, AUS/NZ and South America. In 2015-2016, significant changes were made to both.

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Both standards test work gloves for protection from the following mechanical risks:

  • Abrasion Resistance = Abrasion Resistance
  • Cut Resistance = Cut Resistance
  • Tear Resistance = Tear Resistance
  • Puncture Resistance = Puncture Resistance

While all of these are important, resistance to cut is king!

The ANSI/ISEA 105 standard was updated in 2016 and contains a new cut protection test: ASTM F2292-15. In this test a machine known as a tomodynamometer, or TDM, pulls a blade in 20mm paths across a glove’s surface under varied gram loads and measures the weight needed to cut through. Previous editions of ANSI/ISEA 105 had five levels of cut resistance, whereas the new ANSI/ISEA 105-2016 has nine.

EN 388 is in the final stages of being revised from a 2003 edition to what will likely be a 2016.  This new version of the EN standard will specify two new different cut tests, the second test to be performed depending on the results of the first:

  • START HERE – EN Blade Cut: A machine called a Coupe Tester uses a rotating blade under a fixed weight that moved back and forth on glove surface until cut through and then compares results to reference fabric. However if a highly cut resistant glove material dulls coupe tester blade, the standard states that the ISO 13997 cut test should be used.
  • ISO 13997: Like the ASTM test used in ANSI/ISEA 105, the ISO test used a TDM Machine and pulls a blade in 20mm paths across a glove’s surface under varied gram loads and measures the weight needed to cut through in Newtons. ASTM & ISO Cut Tests now allow for a more accurate comparison of a glove’s level of cut resistance when tested to either global standard

To download our handy infographic above, click here. As Ergodyne continues to refresh and improve the ProFlex® Glove Line, look for more enhanced cut protection as well as protection from other mechanical risks such as abrasion, tear, puncture, and impact as we continue to provide superior hand protection for workers worldwide.