February 13 2018

New EN388 Standards

EN388 Glove regulations are changing, here is what you need to know...

So whats it all about? New legislation regarding EN388 testing standards have come into place regarding mechanical protective gloves.

This means that in addition to the 4 performance values marked on every glove ranging from 1-5 for abrasion, cut, tear and puncture, you will also see an additional two, new values.

EN388 Ratings

The ‘mechanical risks’ pictogram is accompanied by 5 or 6 performance levels (a-f).

 

a. Abrasion Resistance
Based on the number of cycles required to abrade through the sample glove.

b. Blade Cut Resistance
Based on the number of cycles required to cut through the sample at
a constant speed.

c. Tear Resistance
Based on the amount of force required to tear the sample.

d. Puncture Resistance
Based on the amount of force required to pierce the sample with
a standard-sized point.

e. ISO Cut Resistance (New)
Based on the force required to cut through a sample using a specified cut test
machine (i.e., Tomodynamometer) under specified conditions.

f. EN Impact Protection (New)
Based on the measured transmission of energy and force when the sample
experiences a dropped load.

Ansell HyFlex 11-542 Glove

e. ISO13997 Cut Resistance

The first new value ranges from A-F (5th Character) and provides a cut rating under the new ISO 13997 standard.

This was introduced to provide a clearer indication of cut resistance if dulling occurs using the traditional coupe test method. If the ISO 13997 is used an X will replace the number where the cut value is traditionally found. see opposite

f. EN Impact Protection

The second new marking (Character 6) shows a rating for impact protection and will only ever be denoted by a P (indicating a “Pass”) or will blank as seen opposite.

Ansell ActivArmr 97-125

Free downloads and further reading

EN388 Poster

EN Standards Guide

Understanding the changes