New ANSI and EN 388 Cut Glove Standard

Difference Between Standards

ANSI

The ANSI cut standard uses a razor blade in its testing method to determine the weight in grams needed to cut through the material of the glove using linear motion. A cut level is then assigned to the gloves material, determined by the range of weight used during testing.

EN 388

The EN 388 cut standard uses a circular blade, under a fixed load, in its testing method to determine the blade rotations needed to cut through the material of the glove. A cut level is then assigned to the gloves material, determined by the number of blade rotations used during testing. Additionally, a cut test using a TDM 100 cut test machine is also performed. This test, measured in Newtons, will measure the cut resistance with a straight blade. This will add an additional 6 levels to the cut rate standard, which are represented by letters A to F.

New ANSI Standards

EN 388 Levels

Cut Level Weight (G) Needed to cut with 1" (25mm) blade travel Average cut index (10 measurements)
0 <119 <1.2
1 12-249 1.2-2.4
2 250-499 2.5-4.9
3 500-999 5.0-9.9
4 1000-999 10.0-19.9
5 >2000 >20

2 Newtons
(203 grams)


5 Newtons
(509 grams)


10 Newtons
(1019 grams)


2 Newtons
(203 grams)


5 Newtons
(509 grams)


10 Newtons
(1019 grams)


Glove Markings

ANSI/ISEA105-15


EN 388:NEW