Cut Resistant Gloves

Definition - 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 light weight, 5 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.

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