Over the years, the industry has struggled to equate cut resistance with actual risk. The recent updates to the ANSI 105 and EN 388 will provide a more uniform approach to assessing the cut resistant performance of gloves across the globe. While this will make the cut scores more comparable, it will not help safety managers determine which cut score is best suited for the job.
Regardless of these changes in test methods and cut score scales, customers will still ask: “What glove and what cut level should I be using?” When customers don’t get a clear answer, they typically err on the side of caution and select the glove offering the maximum cut score, only to discover that the high cost is unacceptable and unsustainable.
The ultimate objective is for customers to choose the right glove for the right job and that means equating glove specifications to something realistic, like risk of injury. It is the intent of this article to outline a new and unique approach to assessing cut risk, which takes a comprehensive look at all factors involved. Before going further, it is important that we take some time to review the basic fundamentals related to cut resistant fibers and types of grip coatings.
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