Safety Simplified

Safety is complicated, our icons are not. OSHA safety standards, ANSI/ISEA and EN testing metrics are hard to understand and constantly changing. Let us make your life easier. We map out and monitor the most prominent safety regulations and tests within our industry. Have a question about a certain rating or standard, simply click on the icon and let us break it down for you. Whether you’re a safety manager on a jobsite or just trying to keep your project at home up to snuff, find out how The One Degree of Difference makes your life easier with our Safety Education Icons.



Dexterity is the tactile sensitivity (or flexibility) of a glove. In general, the thinner the glove, the more dexterity it has and the easier small objects are handled. The test that is most known for scoring dexterity is EN:420, which measure by the smallest size object that can be picked off of a flat surface. The smaller the object, the higher the rating on a 1-4 scale.

Cut Resistance


Cut Resistance is the most talked about attribute when it comes to hand safety. Gloves are measured on a 1-5 scale (5 being most cut resistant) by EN standards and a 1-9 scale (9 being the most cut resistant) by ANSI/ISEA standards. For more info on cut resistance, see page 9 of the catalog.

Chemical Resistance


Chemical Resistance varies from glove to glove and chemical to chemical. Each material used might have a different resistance to certain chemicals. Our chemical resistant icon lets you know that this particular glove is resistant to certain chemicals.

Abrasion Resistance


Abrasion Resistance is measured on a 1-4 scale (4 being most abrasion resistant). It is measure during the EN:388 test by rotating a flat surface against the material until the material is punctured.

Flame Resistance


Flame Resistance is comprised of 6 tests under EN:407 standards; resistance to: flammability, contact heat, convection heat, radiant heat, small splashes of molten metal and large splashes of molten metal. Each category of this test is measured and reported on a 1-4 rating (4 being most resistant).

Grip Level


Grip Level is conducted in house using a measured grip pressure and adding weight to the object being held. The more weight that can be held at the consistent pressure, the higher the rating of grip strength. We rate grip test on a 1-5 scale (5 having the most grip).

Puncture Resistance


Puncture Resistance is tested under the EN:388 standards and based on a 1-4 scale (4 being the most puncture resistant). The test measures the pressure it takes to push a 1mm tipped steel rod through a material.

Tear Level


Tear Level is another metric of the EN:388 testing method and is measured by testing the tinsel strength of the main material of a glove. It is tested by hanging the glove and adding weight to the free end of the glove until the material threading ruptures.

Arc Flash Resistance

Arc Flash

Arc Flash is one of the most dangerous safety hazards on the job. Since arc flash deals with electrical hazards, it has different test for different glove materials based on possible conductivitiy. Before using any arc rated gloves, be sure to check out to learn more about these tests.

Anti Microbial

Anti Microbial

Anti Microbial keeps gloves from smelling bad. 212 makes several of their products with antimicrobial materials to avoid bacterial buildup and unpleasant smells and rashes.

Impact Resistance


Impact Resistance is another popular and sometimes much needed attribute to hand protection. There are different impact standards that vary from industry to industry. If you need help identifying which type of impact level you need, contact the 212 experts to help you find the perfect form of protection.

Water Resistance


Water Resistance is simply an icon to point out one of two things; either the glove that the icon points to contains a waterproof bladder or is treated with a waterproofing solution on the outside of the glove. In general, most leather gloves contain a water resistant treatment and synthetic gloves have a non-permeable coating or waterproof bladder.

Touch Screen

Touch Screen

Touch Screen gloves have copper weaved fabrics in certain portions of the finger. They can be used with any touch screen device without the need to remove the glove.

Anti Vibration

Anti Vibration

Anti Vibration technology reduces the effect of machinery and repeated palm strikes. Fatigue, numbing and soreness are greatly reduced or eliminated.