Choosing the best cut-resistant work gloves is essential. With new glove materials and new cut resistance standards, finding the right gloves for the task at hand is easier too. At the same time, the many choices available can be overwhelming. This short guide will help you make the best choice for your situation.
Current Glove Standards
Based on the current ANSI standard, there are 9 levels of cut-resistance work gloves.
- Levels A1, A2 & A3 are for light to medium cut hazards.
- Level A4 is for medium cut hazards.
- Levels A5 and A6 are for medium to high cut hazards.
- Levels A7, A8 & A9 are for high cut hazards.
So, the more dangerous the cut hazard, the higher the level of glove that is needed. See the graphic below for a detailed description of each cut level.
Note that some gloves may list the European standards for cut protection. Gloves meeting the European standard (indicated by EN388) undergo abrasion, cut, tear, and puncture testing. Gloves are rated in 6 areas:
- A = Abrasion resistance (scale of 1-4)
- B = Cut performance (scale of 1-5)
- C = Tear resistance
- D = Puncture resistance
- E = Vertical force resistance
- F = Impact resistance
As with the ANSI standard, the higher the rating, the higher the cut protection. In general, the absence of a letter usually means that the standard did not apply.
ANSI or the European Standard?
In the United States, ANSI is essentially the only rating considered. If gloves only have European standards, contact a safety professional to make sure they have the necessary cut protection.
Gloves Meeting ANSI Cut Standards
Gloves meeting the ANSI cut standard should have their cut level indicated directly on the glove. The following list will help you in your search for gloves that fit in the cut protection you require.
PIP G-Tek NPG Gloves (A1)
These gloves are comfortable and allow for the finger dexterity needed in applications like electronic and computer assembly, quality control, inspection, and general assembly.
Need precision handling in dry environments? These gloves are compatible with light oils and provide excellent abrasion resistance. They’re silicone-free and breathable but also thin enough to provide mechanical performance. The natural fit reduces fatigue and increases comfort. They also comply with Federal regulations for food contact.
Made of 15-gauge nylon with a spandex liner, these gloves offer tear and abrasion resistance along with oil absorption foam to help increase grip. They also provide tactile sensitivity and dexterity.
With a 13-gauge cut resistance in addition to being tear and abrasion-resistant, these gloves also have foam that absorbs oil for increased grip. They are part of the line of Cutting Edge Protection with Pyramex Gloves.
Radians RWG17 (A2)
Water-resistant gloves that provide excellent protection from abrasion in wet or dry, cold weather conditions. The Hi-Viz Orange color means being seen even when the weather and light conditions are not the greatest. A seamless, elastic slip-on cuff provides superior comfort for extended wear.
Engineered to provide the highest level of innovation, the Ninja glove series includes a unique shell and polymer combination incorporating the latest in hand protection technology. The Ninja Glove line offers a large assortment of dexterity, sense of touch, and protection.
For use in the harshest environments where hand injury is most likely. These gloves are highly resistant to cuts, punctures, abrasions, and chemicals. They also hold to highest levels of comfort, breathability, dexterity, and tactile sensitivity.
The low particulate shed of these gloves, along with their 13-gauge cut resistance, makes them suitable for working with electronics and in cleanrooms. They also grip well without being sticky and offer tactile sensitivity and dexterity.
Want more options?
New material technology means better cut-resistant work gloves with more consistent cut protection. It also means clearer standards for helping choose the best gloves for your situation.
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