Cut Standards

NEW Hand Protection Test Standards


Standards specify test methods and focus on levels, not the measured property. Two hand protection performance standards are widely used: the American National Standards Institute/International Safety Equipment Association (ANSI/ISEA) 105 “American National Standard for Hand Protection” and the European standard EN 388 “Protective Gloves Against Mechanical Risks.” ANSI/ISEA 105 defines levels for the mechanical, thermal, chemical and dexterity performance of hand and arm PPE.

ANSI

ASTM F2992: TDM CUT TEST

GRAMS ≥ 200

LIGHT

GRAMS ≥ 500

LIGHT - MEDIUM

GRAMS ≥ 1000

MEDIUM

GRAMS ≥ 1500

MEDIUM - HEAVY

GRAMS ≥ 2200

HEAVY

GRAMS ≥ 3000

EXTRA HEAVY

GRAMS ≥ 4000

EXTRA HEAVY

EN 388

ISO 13997: TDM CUT TEST

2 NEWTONS

LIGHT

5 NEWTONS

LIGHT - MEDIUM

10 NEWTONS

MEDIUM

15 NEWTONS

MEDIUM - HEAVY

22 NEWTONS

HEAVY

30 NEWTONS

EXTRA HEAVY


1 Newton = 102 Grams (approx.)

TDM cut test method: Weight (Newtons/Grams)
needed to cut through material
with 20 mm blade travel.
Abrasion
Resistance
Cut (Coup Test)
TearResistance
Puncture Resistance
Cut (TDM Cut Test)
Impact Protection

0-4 Rating
0-5 Rating
0-4 Rating
0-4 Rating
A-F Rating
P (P, F, or X)







ANSI/ISEA 105-2016 )North America Standard ASTM F2992-15 – Standard Test Method for Measuring Cut Resistance (TDM test

New ANSI test results are represented by levels A1 to A9 - the greater the number = higher the level of cut resistance. (Previously represented as levels 1 to 5, ISEA 105-2011)





ANSI/ISEA 105-2016 )North America Standard ASTM F2992-15 – Standard Test Method for Measuring Cut Resistance (TDM test

New ANSI test results are represented by levels A1 to A9 - the greater the number = higher the level of cut resistance. (Previously represented as levels 1 to 5, ISEA 105-2011)

2 Different Tests

1 Common Test Machine


Testing standards for cut resistant gloves have changed for ANSI and EN 388. Both now use the same measuring device, the TDM-100 machine, resulting in more comparable data between the standards. The TDM tests the amount of weight (grams/newtons) necessary for a blade to cut through material. This test method 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.

Both ANSI & EN 388 classification levels now use the same TDM-100 Cut Test machine resulting in greater consistency between the two standards as well technological advances in cut resistant fabrics/materials.

OLD ANSI CCPT CUT TEST METHOD

Level

1

2

3

4

5

Weight*

≥ 200 ≥ 500 ≥ 1000 ≥ 1500 ≥ 3500
*Weight (grams) needed to cut through material with 25 mm blade travel

OLD EN 388 CCPT
COUP TEST METHOD

Level

1

2

3

4

5

index*

≥ 1.2 ≥ 2.5 ≥ 5.0 ≥ 10.0 ≥ 20.0
*Force applied is constant at 5 Newtons

Data acquired from these tests and BDG®’s commitment to safety ensure proper selection of the right glove with the right protection for any task at hand.

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