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Selecting Cut Resistant Gloves


Choosing the right glove for the task…

Tucker KutGlove™ Cut Resistant Glove

A cut protection program in foodservice differs from all other industries. Beyond cut resistance, foodservice operators must also be concerned with comfort, touch sensitivity, dexterity, proper fit, and sanitation in an environment where PPE is often shared by others. Wearing the correct glove is the most critical factor in effective cut and laceration protection.

Most cut injuries can be easily prevented with properly fitting and comfortable protective products.

Our primary goal is to provide comfortable cut protection with the durability, resistance, and strength required to truly protect wearers, while still allowing for the precision and dexterity necessary to get the job done! Tucker Safety Products Cut Resistant Gloves were designed with the end user in mind.

Rapid technology advancement in recent years has allowed us to create more sophisticated yarns that not only improved glove performance, but also helped us maintain appropriate protection for foodservice applications without sacrificing dexterity or adding bulk. The benefit for the wearer is a longer lasting, more comfortable glove with the right level of protection for foodservice.

The effectiveness of any protective glove depends on the correct fit. Poorly fitted gloves can cause injury due to slippage and lack of ‘feel.’ A glove that fits properly conforms to the hand and does not feel too tight or too stiff.

Selecting a well-fitting glove is essential. A tight fit can negatively affect fine motor skills, irritate the skin, and lead to hand fatigue. On the other hand, a glove that fits too loose can cause a wearer to execute movements awkwardly and slow them down when performing job tasks. Evaluating a glove’s ability to contour to the hand and properly fit the hand’s width is key to finding a well-fitting glove that will actually get worn.

Our cut-resistant gloves are available in a range of sizes to fit most hands, ensuring that a wearer has a protective product that will work properly. Instead of following a “one-size-fits-most” approach, our research shows that when given correctly sized and comfortable cut-resistant gloves, wearers will actually wear them. Imagine if shoes were only available in one size!

There are no OSHA regulations specific to cut-resistant gloves, however OSHA 1910.138(a) and 1910.138 (b) do pertain to hand protection.

OSHA requires that you select and require employees to use appropriate hand protection when employees’ hands are exposed to hazards such as those from skin absorption of harmful substances; severe cuts or lacerations; severe abrasions; punctures; chemical burns; thermal burns; and harmful temperature extremes. 1910.138(a)

You must base the selection of the appropriate hand protection on an evaluation of the performance characteristics of the hand protection relative to the task(s) to be performed, conditions present, duration of use, and the hazards and potential hazards identified. 1910.138(b)

Great progress has been made over the past two decades with standardizing and harmonizing the different approaches across the globe for cut resistance testing; however, relying solely on lab results to predict the level of cut protection your unique operations need, is simply not enough.  It takes having a complete understanding of the multiple factors that should be considered when making a purchasing decision.

No single glove can provide appropriate protection for every application. Assessing the risks for each task and taking into consideration all elements that impact effectiveness and wearer compliance (e.g., proper fit, comfort, true cut protection and safe for food and food contact surfaces) help ensure choosing the right glove for the job.

Cut resistance is measured by the amount of weight (in grams) required to cut through fabric. Test results are then categorized into different cut levels: A1-A9 for the new ANSI cut levels and A-F for the new European Norm (EN) 388 cut levels. While cut resistance is certainly important and is what makes cut resistant gloves suitable for protecting against cuts or lacerations, other factors such as flexibility, comfort, and thickness also matter. For example, a glove may have a high level of cut resistance but hinders productivity because of bulky or uncomfortable material and poor fit.

With our modern engineered yarns, thicker is not necessarily always better, especially for foodservice applications where handling small pieces of food is common. Lighter weight and less bulky glove generally allows better efficiency, dexterity, touch sensitivity and grip. You also have a better chance the gloves will stay on the hands for fine detail work.

For effective protection, cut resistant gloves should achieve the right balance between offering protection against hazards, dexterity, and grip, touch sensitivity, durability, and comfort. Worth mentioning, performance in a lab cannot properly account for a real-world environment. Aiming just for a high level of cut resistance may not prove effective or be the right level of cut protection for your specific needs. Lab results should be one part of the decision making process. Most importantly, involve your team being asked to wear cut resistant gloves in the review and testing process.

How does ANSI/ISEA 105-16 compare to EN 388 Cut Resistance Levels?

EN 388 Cut LevelABCDEF
Newtons2 N (204 g)5 N (509 g)10 N (1020 g)15 N (1530 g)22 N (2243 g)30 N (3059 g)
Grams200 to 499500 to 9991000 to 14991500 to 21992200 to 29993000 to 39994000 to 49995000 to 59996000+