What Does Cut-Resistant Gloves Mean?
Cut-resistant gloves are a type of personal protective equipment (PPE) specifically designed to protect hands from cuts or lacerations due to contact with various cutting machines, equipment, tools, or sharp-edged items such as knives, blades, metals, glass, or ceramics.
Cut-resistant gloves are made of special composite materials in combination with stainless steel mesh, fiberglass, and synthetic high-performance yarns.
Safeopedia Explains Cut-Resistant Gloves
Cut-resistant gloves come in varying thicknesses and are made of one or more of the following fibers and materials combined with rubber/polymer:
- Steel core —a cut- and abrasion-resistant material
- Metal mesh—made of stainless steel and is cut- and puncture-resistant
- Fiber metal blends—durable, cut- and abrasion-resistant
- Kevlar aramid fiber—flexible and lightweight, five times stronger than steel, flame-resistant up to 427°C
- Spectra fiber—flexible, cut- and abrasion-resistant even when wet; It is 10 times stronger than steel per unit weight.
- Dyneema—floats on water, durable and resistant to moisture and chemicals; It is 15 times stronger than steel.
- Super fabric—flexible; puncture-, cut-, and abrasion-resistant
Cut-resistant gloves are evaluated against the standards set by ISO 13997:1999 and the European standard EN388.