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The A-B-Cs of Cut Level Resistance Standards for Gloves

Cut Resistance Standards

Standard EN388:2016 covers the test requirements for safety gloves that prevent against mechanical risks including abrasion, blade cut, puncture, tearing and impact.

EN ISO Cut level resistance is measured in Newtons and ranges from 2 (Level A) through to 30 (Level F). The more weight required to cut through the glove material, the higher the rating. The following information provides guidance on the appropriate level of protection for some common industrial tasks.


CUT LEVEL RATING

RESISTANCE (NEWTONS)

PROTECTION LEVEL

TYPICAL TASKS

A

2

Minimal to low

·       Screwing and unscrewing

·       Raw materials reception

·       Grinding

·       Shipping and receiving

·       Warehouse work

·       Stamping operations

·       General handling

B

5

Low

·       Wire assembly and fastening 

·       Metal part and component assembly

·       Plastics injection and moulding

·       Light metal presses

·       White goods assembly

·       Glass repairs

·       Building materials handling

C

10

Low to moderate

·       Body shop work

·       Glass or metal sheet handling

·       Stamping

·       Hardware assembly

·       Raw materials handling

·       Glass manufacturing

D

15

Moderate to high

·       Metal parts and components assembly

·       Automated welding and feeding

·       Metal finish inspection

·       Machine tool operation

·       Sheet metals and metalwork

E

22

High 

·       Waste handling 

·       Handling heavy loads and metal edges

·       Handling glass sheets or shard-edged objects

·       Metal sheet handling

·       Cutting of dry, painted of galvanised metal pieces

F

30

Extreme

·       Heavy final assembly

·       Machining and grinding

·       Maintenance work 

·       Materials handling

·       Metal press work

·       Primary assembly

·       Stamping

 

 

 *Disclaimer: This guide has been prepared to allow an understanding of the concepts of cut resistance. No glove proivdes complete protection against cuts, abrasions or chemicals. Users of hand protection must ensure that they undertake their own testing within their own work environment to ensure that the products are suitable for the intended task. No reliance maybe made on this guide as evidence of the efficacy or fit for purpose of these gloves.