Ansell Offers Free Cut Protection White Paper

A new white paper from Ansell, a hand protection and safety apparel manufacturer, titled "Understanding Cut Protection" is available on the company's Web site at www.ansellpro.com. The company says the paper's purpose is to explain cut protection and provide insight into factors that impact a product's ability to protect against cuts, including abrasion resistance, grip, dexterity, and comfort.

The paper describes the differences between cut resistance and cut protection and discusses how protective clothing is evaluated for cut resistance in the United States and Europe. It also addresses Ansell's Guardian process, which the company says is designed around seven key cost savings practices and incorporates tools to capture information such as non-compliance, ergonomic risks, process waste reduction, and opportunities for improving worker efficiency.

"Cut resistance is often the primary factor considered when gloves are evaluated for cut protection because it can be easily measured using standard devices such as the Cut Protection Performance Test (CPPT)," said Bill Bennett, Ansell marketing manager and cut protection team leader. "Cut protection results from a combination of influences that prevent cut injuries--from a product's material properties such as cut resistance tear strength and abrasion resistance to factors unrelated to protective apparel, including machine guarding, workplace set-up, and worker training."

According to Bennett, the Ansell occupational team works closely with leading universities, agencies, and organizations to improve the test procedures used to determine cut resistance and foster a better understanding of the factors that influence cut protection and worker safety.

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