Standards in Cut Resistance - Majestic Glove
Hand injuries are among the most common work-related injuries – with many involving cuts or lacerations.
For safety managers tasked with choosing the best cut resistant hand protection for workers, two testing and classification standards exist: The American ANSI/ISEA 105 standard and the European EN 388 or CE standard.
Beginning in 2016, both the American ANSI/ISEA and the European EN388 standards are adjusting the way we classify cut protection.
The new ANSI/ISEA ASTM F2992-15 test requires the use of the TDM 100 Cut Test machine, which measures cut resistance at a distance of 20 millimeters with a straight blade – with the cut test results reported in grams and represented in 9 new levels.
These new protection levels replace the old 5 point scale you’re used to – and allows additional levels up to 6000 grams for higher cut resistant materials.
The European EN 388 or CE standard will continue to use the Coup Cut Test but proposes using an additional cut test – the ISO 13997 cut test with a TDM 100 Cut test machine to accommodate limitations caused by the Coup Cut Test. This test will measure cut resistance at a distance of 20 millimeters with a straight blade – reporting the test results in newtons.
This standard adds an additional cut rate to its existing standard, with 6 levels ranging from A to F. These levels are approximate comparisons to the new ANSI/ISEA standard – levels A1 to A6.