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EN388 Changes

EN388 – What is changing?   The EN388 standard is used to regulate the protection classes of cut resistant gloves, and due to new materials being developed all the time, the achieve greater levels of cut resistance, the testing procedure must be developed in order to maintain credibility for the regulation of this important standard. Two new tests will be added to the existing standard.  A)    Abrasion Resistance B)	Blade Cut Resistance C)	Tear Resistance D)	Puncture Resistance E)	ISO 13997 Cut Test (New) F)	Back of hand impact protection (New) How does it affect me?  The New ISO 13997 cut test has 6 levels, (A-F): A, B, C are new, D is slightly different from the previous cut level 4, E is same as previous cut level 5 and F is new and the highest cut level resistance value. The back of hand impact protection test result is either pass or fail,  as opposed to the  different level results seen in the other test components of the EN388 standard. Detail on this test will be made clear when the final EN388 standard amendment is published. While the detail of the changes to the EN388 standard are finalized, the extra two tests will be introduced in addition to the existing tests. There may be instances where one of the cut tests(either the “Coup Test” or the New “ISO 13997 Test”) isn’t carried out due to various reasons: this will be denoted by an “X” in its place in the number sequence. E.g. 3-1-3-X-D-XF   Long term effects...  The governing bodies will be looking at introducing the changes to this standard later in 2016. The new ISO Cut Test will likely take over the “Coup Test”,  as it proves to be more accurate for tests involving higher levels of cut resistance.

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