Safety

  1. EN 388 Update

    EN 388 Update

    EN 388 Gets an Update

    This past year the European regulatory standard for the EN388 test, updated their cut resistance testing to include a new metric.

    Why the Change

    The main, driving reason for the update to the existing method has been the advances made in cut-resistant fabrics, particularly those that include steel or other hardened fibers that add strength to the fabric. These newer fabrics would often blunt the cutting edge of the rotary blades used by the Coup test resulting in far greater cut resistance results given due to the increased difficulty the blade had in subsequent cuts as the existing criteria had the same blade used repeatedly across multiple cuts.

    Thus some gloves would be rated f

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  2. Impact Resistance

    Impact Resistance

    Learn About Impact Resistant Work Gloves

    What is it?

    Impact resistance is, mechanically speaking, the ability of a material to resist permanent deformation caused by high force or shock applied to it over an extremely short period of time. When this is applied to protective gloves, it is a measure of a glove material’s ability to deflect or dampen an impact enough that it reduces that impact’s capacity to result in injury to the wearer.

    How does it work?

    Dealing with impacts is far more complicated than it seems at first glance. Other types of resistances, like abrasion or tear resistance, rely solely on the glove material either insulating the wearer’s hand from the hazard, o

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  3. What World Safety Day Means to 212

    What World Safety Day Means to 212

    The 212 Performance Team has a long history of keeping employees, racers, DIY'ers, and average Joes safe during their jobs and tasks. When asked to take a step back and ask ourselves why we do what we do, it's hard to put a finger on why exactly we are in this industry and why we go to the lengths we do in order to create our products. Safety isn't a sexy industry by any means, nor is it a get rich quick job. In fact, it's quite the opposite. The safety industry supports some of the toughest jobs on the planet and, as part of that industry, we support some of the hardest working people on the planet. For us, it comes down to two words: Challenge and Satisfaction.

    In honor of World Day for Safety and Health at Work we wanted to take a minute and talk about what safety means to us and why we do what we do.

    The 212 Performance Team has a long

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  4. World Day for Safety and Health at Work

    World Day for Safety and Health at Work

    Starting in 2003 the International Labor Organization (ILO) began the yearly observance of April 28 as a day to promote awareness and prevention of accidents and diseases at work. As an organization devoted to advancing opportunities for individuals worldwide to obtain decent and productive work they have constantly advocated for increased workplace awareness of the need for a culture of occupational safety and health.

    Starting in 2003 the International Labor Organization (ILO) began the yearly observance of April 28 as a day to promote awareness and prevention of accidents and diseases at work. As an organization devoted to advancing opportunities for individuals worldwide to obtain decent and productive work they have constantly advocated for increased workplace awareness of the need for a culture of occupational safety and health.

    A

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  5. 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.

    ANSI

    The ANSI or TDM test

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  6. 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 primaril

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