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  1. Cut Resistance

    Cut Resistance

    Learn About Glove Cut Resistance Standards

    What is it?

    When it comes to the topic of hand safety, cut resistance is the single most talked about factor because cuts and lacerations are by far the most common type of hand injuries. Cut resistance is a measure of how much the material resists an attempt to cut through it and it is measured according to two different standards.

    How is it tested?

    The methods

    A glove’s cut resistance rating is determined by testing it against either the ANSI/ISEA 105-2016 or the EN 388-2016 standards or against both of them. In North America the ANSI test is the preferred method and EN 388 is a global standard preferred in Europe, Asia, and South America.


    The ANSI or TDM test

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  2. Puncture Resistance

    Puncture Resistance

    Learn About Glove Puncture Resistance

    What is it?

    To put it simply, puncture resistance is a measure of the tensile strength of a glove’s materials and how resistant the fibers are to breaking or being forced apart in order for a foreign object to penetrate through the material. It is not a rating of how puncture proof a glove or material is. Just as with cut and abrasion resistances, if something is sharp enough, moving fast enough, or persistent enough, it will get through even the best gloves – it just might take more or less force or time to get through different materials.

    How is it tested?

    The current method

    Both ANSI and EN 388 currently use a similar test to determine overall puncture resistance. This test primarily targets puncture threats from larger sources such as nails, staples, barbed wire and similar thr

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