This SuperiorTouch 13-gauge Knit cut-resistant glove from Superior Glove Works Ltd. is made with Dyneema and has a foam-nitrile palm.

Understanding Cut Resistance Levels

The most important part of choosing a cut-resistant glove is determining the level you need. The two reigning systems are ASTM and EN-388 (also known as CE cut level). These different performance standards are not identical and do not correlate, which can potentially cause confusion when going through the selection process for choosing the right glove for specific applications. Understanding that there is a difference is step one. Understanding what those differences are is step two. It is important to keep in mind that ASTM results are more indicative of real-world use and application. Superior Glove Works has created a wonderful infographic that helps to lay out the different ASTM cut resistance levels in an easy-to-digest format.

Not sure what level of cut resistance to choose? There are many factors to consider: industry, application, and method of use. One way to determine the cut resistance level your job requires is to examine the gloves you (or your workers) are currently using. Are they satisfying user needs? Are they providing adequate protection? Assessing the gloves is often a good way to start. Next, get your gloves tested using an approved performance measure (such as the ASTM test method). Once you know the level of your current gloves and assess their performance for your job duties, you can determine whether you should try cut-resistant gloves rated at a higher level than your current ones. Next, trial a test glove of the desired level and assess performance of the same job duties, using the higher-rated glove.

Another way to determine the cut resistance level you require is to determine the best hand protection practices for your industry and adopt them. The Superior Glove Works Cut Resistance Infographic serves as a reference guide when comparing cut resistance levels.

Once you’ve chosen the required level of cut resistance, you should select a suitable style. Cut-resistant gloves come in a few different styles: gloves with leather palms, leather gloves with cut-resistant liners, palm-coated gloves, or string knits. Leather (or leather-palmed) cut-resistant gloves are commonly used in industries such as metal handling where good grip and abrasion resistance are important. Palm-coated and string knit styles are commonly used in industries where good dexterity is necessary, such as construction, automotive, and aerospace.

When it comes to selecting cut-resistant gloves, the level is imperative, but so is a proper fit. Fit is incredibly important because a good fit ensures comfort and safe function.

Posted by Joe Geng on Feb 20, 2013


Product Showcase

  • Matrix's OmniPro Vision AI Collision Avoidance System

    OmniPro Vision AI is a state-of-the-art collision avoidance system that features NIOSH award-winning Visual Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology. This highly accurate, powerful system identifies and alerts on pedestrians, vehicles and specified objects, ensuring safer facilities, mining operations and industrial sites. With its web-based cloud application, OmniPro Vision AI also logs and analyzes a wide range of data related to zone breach notifications. Operating without needing personal wearable devices or tags, OmniPro has visual and audible zone breach alerts for both operators and pedestrians. 3

  • AirChek Connect Sampling Pump

    Stay connected to your sampling with the SKC AirChek® Connect Sampling Pump! With its Bluetooth connection to PC and mobile devices, you can monitor AirChek Connect pump operation without disrupting workflow. SKC designed AirChek Connect specifically for all OEHS professionals to ensure accurate, reliable flows from 5 to 5000 ml/min and extreme ease of use. AirChek Connect offers easy touch screen operation and flexibility. It is quality built to serve you and the workers you protect. Ask about special pricing and a demo at AIHA Connect Booth 1003. 3

  • SlateSafety BAND V2

    SlateSafety BAND V2

    SlateSafety's BAND V2 is the most rugged, easy-to-use connected safety wearable to help keep your workforce safe and help prevent heat stress. Worn on the upper arm, this smart PPE device works in tandem with the SlateSafety V2 system and the optional BEACON V2 environmental monitor. It includes comprehensive, enterprise-grade software that provides configurable alert thresholds, real-time alerts, data, and insights into your safety program's performance all while ensuring your data is secure and protected. Try it free for 30 days. 3

Featured