EN 388:2016 ISO 13997

European Standard for Protective Gloves Against Mechanical Risks

EN 388:2016 ISO 13997 establishes performance levels, testing and classification for fabric or layers of fabric for their ability to resist cutting by a blade.
This standard uses a Tomodynamometer (TDM-100) machine to measure the amount of weight (newtons) necessary for a blade to cut through material. The blade is replaced after each cut and weight is added as force needed for cut-through at 20 mm cut length. Multiple tests are conducted – ranging from 2 to 30 newtons of force. Test results are represented by levels A to F, with F being the highest level of cut resistance.
TDM-100 Cut
test machine

ISO 13997 testing method.

Test blade

A straight blade moves horizontally across the material sample. A new blade is used for every individual test.

Glove material sample

Sample taken from glove palm and placed on machine.

Weight (Newtons)

Weight is added as force required, ranging between 2 to 30 newtons.

Cut resistant gloves

Test results are represented by levels A to F, as depicted on the gloves.

The TDM Cut Test provides greater accuracy than the previous EN 388 Coup Test, and has the ability to test higher cut materials and provide a larger range of precision results. If a Coup Test is requested, it now follows the latest revision – EN 388:2016 Coup Test.

Tests are verified by an accredited third party laboratory.


≥ 2 Newtons
≥ 5 Newtons
≥ 10 Newtons
≥ 15 Newtons
≥ 22 Newtons
≥ 30 Newtons

EN 388:2016

Weight (Newtons)needed to cut through material with 20 mm blade travel. 1 Newton = 102 Grams (approx.)
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


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

Information contained in this document is subject to change without notice. As BDG® cannot control or anticipate the conditions under which a product may be used, each user should review the information in specific context of the planned use. To the maximum extent permitted by law, Bob Dale Gloves and Imports Ltd., and/or its affiliates, employees or representatives will not be responsible for damages of any nature resulting from the use or reliance upon the information contained in this sheet. No express or implied warranties are given other than those implied mandatory by law. BDG® products are not cut and puncture proof. Do not use with moving blades, tools or serrated blades.

Revision Date: September 21, 2021