STANDARD
EN 388:2016

European Standard for Protective Gloves Against Mechanical Risks

EN 388:2016 establishes performance levels, testing and classification for fabric or layers of fabric for their ability to resist abrasion.
The standard tests uses a Martindale Abrasion Tester to measure the number of cycles required to abrade through the sample glove over 180 grit abrasive material. The glove material, cut from the palm, is fitted to a rubbing head of fixed size and weight. This head is then moved in an elliptical motion over a table covered with abrasive material until a hole appears. Each rotation across the surface is considered a cycle. The total number of cycles completed before a hole is present creates the rating. These results are represented by levels 1 to 4, with
4 being the highest level of abrasion resistance. If a glove is made up of multiple unbonded layers, each layer is subjected to the test, and the level is based on the lowest individual result of the most resistant material.
Martindale Abrasion Tester

Using 180 grit
abrasion material.

Glove Material Sample

Sample taken from glove palm and secured to a rubbing head of a fixed size and weight.

Rubbing Head

The rubbing head is then moved in an elliptical motion over a table covered with 180 grit abrasive material.

Cycles

Each rotation across the surface is considered a cycle. The total number of cycles completed before a hole appears
in the material creates the rating.

When a glove is comprised of multiple unbonded layers, each layer is subjected to the test.
The level is based on the lowest individual result of the most resistant material

Tests are verified by an accredited third party laboratory

 

ABRASION
RESISTANT

   ≥ 100 Cycles
LIGHT
    ≥ 500 Cycles
MEDIUM
   ≥ 2000 Cycles
MEDIUM – HEAVY
   ≥ 8000 Cycles
HEAVY

EN 388:2016

ABRASION TEST METHOD:
Based on the number of cycles required to abrade through a sample glove when rotating a flat cylindrical surface over 180 grit abrasive material.
X X X X X
2 3 4 5 6
1 Abrasion Resistance
0-4 Rating
2 Cut (Coup Test)
0-5 Rating
3 Tear Resistance
0-4 Rating
4 Puncture Resistance
0-4 Rating
5 Cut (TDM Cut Test)
A-F Rating
6 Impact Protection
P / F / X
Pass / Fail / X = Not Tested
Abrasion Resistant Gloves

Test results are represented by levels 1 to 4, as depicted on the gloves.

Level 4 is the highest level of protection.

 

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For the latest safety standards, classifications, testing criteria and ratings information, please refer to the appropriate governing body or association.

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Revision Date: October 27, 2021