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 Level||A||B||C||D||E||F |
|Newtons||2 N (204 g)||5 N (509 g)||10 N (1020 g)||15 N (1530 g)||22 N (2243 g)||30 N (3059 g)|
|ANSI/ISEA Cut Level||A1||A2||A3||A4||A5||A6||A7||A8||A9 |
|Grams||200 to 499||500 to 999||1000 to 1499||1500 to 2199||2200 to 2999||3000 to 3999||4000 to 4999||5000 to 5999||6000+|