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Standard EN388
Gloves Providing Protection from Mechanical Risks

Standard EN388EN388 grades a gloves ability to protect the hand from mechanical risks. This is graded using 4 performance levels, which are indicated below the pictogram as a score:

  • A. Abrasion Resistance
    Based on the number of cycles required to abrade through the sample given (scored 1-4)
  • B. Blade Cut Resistance
    Based on the number of cycles required to cut through the sample at a constant speed (scored 1-5)
  • C. Tear Resistance
    Based on the amount of force required to tear the sample (scored 1-4)
  • D. Puncture Resistance
    Based on the amount of force required to pierce the sample with a standard sized point (scored 1-4)

The above are graded as follows:

  Performace Level
Test 1 2 3 4 5
Abrasion resistance (cycles) 100 500 2000 8000  
Blade cut resistance (factor) 1.2 2.5 5 10 20
Tear resistance (newton) 10 25 50 75  
Puncture resistance (newton) 20 60 100 150  

 

 

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