Cut Resistance Confidence: What Gloves are Best For You?
Selecting The Right Cut Resistant Work Gloves
Cut Resistance is an extremely important requirement when handling sharp materials and or equipment. Knowing where each pair of gloves provides cut resistance is just as important as the cut resistance performance.
Cutting Edge Glove Certification
By purchasing Elliotts cut-resistant gloves, you are investing in a product that is fully certified to Australian and New Zealand standards by an independent 3rd party SAI Global.
For a product to be “certified” to a standard, the manufacturer must satisfy an extensive list of requirements, including the testing of product samples, on-site factory assessment, annual factory surveillance audits, and ongoing type testing. If the certification isn’t clearly displayed on the product, then it is likely it hasn’t been tested to these standards, or perhaps any standards at all.
Without these certifications, you are placing the safety of you, and your workers, into unknown and possibly dangerous hands, therefore increasing the risk of both injury to employees and potential prosecution by the relevant safety authority.
Why invest in cut-resistant gloves if you are unsure of the performance level? When working with sharp materials or equipment, this is not a risk worth taking. When you buy a pair of Elliotts’ cut resistance gloves, you also purchase peace of mind.
What protection do you need?
Before you select the cut resistance performance you need you should consider where you need cut protection because all cut-resistant gloves are not the same. Do you need:
• 360⁰ Cut protection (total palm, finger side wall, and back of hand protection)
• Palm and Finger Side Wall Cut Protection (excludes back of the hand)
• Palm Protection (excludes back of hand and finger side walls)
To help you easily understand what specific Cut Resistance each pair of gloves provides, we have created Protection Zone graphics that clearly identify where each glove provides protection.
360⁰ Cut Protection
Protection is provided in the green-shaded areas. 360° Cut Protection means that your palm, back of the hand, finger sidewalls, and depending on the glove length your wrist are all protected.
Products with 360⁰ Cut Protection:
• G-Flex® Dynamax® C5 Sandstorm
• G-Flex® Dynamax® C5 Steeler
• G-Flex® Dynamax® C5 Roustabout
• G-Flex® Dynamax® C5 Roustabout Impact
• Mec-Flex® Oiler LX
• Mec-Flex® Utility Gold C5 360
Palm and Finger Side Wall Cut Protection
Protection is provided in the green-shaded areas. Cut protection is provided on the palm and finger side walls.
Elliotts does not yet have any products with specific Palm and Finger Side Wall Cut Protection.
Protection is provided in the green-shaded areas. Cut protection is provided on the palm only. The back of the hand and finger sidewalls do not offer cut protection.
Products with Palm Cut Protection:
• Mec-Flex® Oiler Pro CR
• Western Rigger® C5
• Tigmate® Pro C5 Tig
Understanding Cut Resistance Performance
There are now two cut-resistance test methods to consider when selecting cut-resistant gloves.
Existing Method - (Coup method)
Under the EN 388 glove standard, introduced in 2003, cut resistance is measured with a Coup test machine. A section of fabric is placed in a holder and a rotating circular blade is moved back and forth at a constant speed, pressing down with a force of 5 Newtons. When the blade cuts through, a performance rating from 1 to 5 is calculated from the total distance of travel. A rating of 5 being the highest level of performance. The blade gradually loses sharpness, so at the start and finish it is calibrated using cotton fabric. Therefore, the result can be less accurate for gloves with a higher cut resistance. This test method remains in the 2016 version but is only to be used for materials that do not affect the sharpness of the blade.
New Method - EN ISO 13997 (TDM method)
The new 2016 revision of EN388 includes a new cut test method EN ISO 13997. TDM is an abbreviation for the equipment used to conduct this test, a tomodynamometer. This test involves a straight blade being drawn across the sample in one movement, with a new blade every time. The 'stroke length' before cut-through is recorded for a range of forces and graphs plotted to predict the force required to cut through the glove in 20mm of travel. This force is used to calculate a score from A to F, with F being the highest rating.
The AS/NZS 2161.3:2005 standard which mirrors the EN 388:2003 version has not been revised to mirror the 2016 edition at the time this blog is written. Elliotts will, however, be progressively testing out cut resistant and impact resistant gloves to these new standards and will be displaying those results on our website in due course.