The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) recently updated its national hand protection standards. ANSI/ISEA is the latest. One of the major changes in this fourth edition of ANSI/ISEA surrounds the determination of classification for cut-resistance. For purposes. Classification of performance. – How test results can be used. • Comparison of ANSI/ISEA with. European standards. • Examples for Using ANSI/ISEA

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The sample is cut by a straight-edge blade, under load, that moves along a straight path. The changes impacted some classifications more than others, and none more significantly than those around cut protection. Standards Subsctiption may be the perfect solution. When it comes to OSHA recordkeeping there are always questions regarding the requirements and in and outs. The graph below shows the differences between the old scale and the new scale.

They’re experts in building cars or air conditioners, not in personal protection equipment, and the standards help them find the right gloves to keep their workers safe. The European Standardization Organization revisited over the last several years standards related to glove safety and testing. The update on cut resistance test methodologies acknowledged two different methods for testing cut resistance with two different test machines. This is referred to as the cutting force, which is then equated to a cut level.

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The revised standard also increases segmentation in the old ANSI cut 4 range, meaning gloves rated 4 in the old range may now fall in A4, A5, or A6 in the new range.

New yarns, thinner materials, and advanced technologies increase glove capabilities, meaning there are more options than ever before.


Standards Subscriptions from ANSI provides a money-saving, multi-user solution for accessing standards. Most safety managers use standards as guides for glove selection, which makes continual review and refinement of those standards critically important.

ANSI/ISEA Regulation Updates — Occupational Health & Safety

The changes include new classification levelswhich includes a new scale to determine cut score commonly referred to as the ANSI cut scoreand a revised method for testing gloves to the standard.

The revised standard adds a needlestick puncture test. These standards help safety managers, employers, and workers to ensure they select the right gloves for the right jobs. By ensuring uniform testing with issea machine, it is easier to compare gram scores for a given material. When it comes to safety training, no matter the industry, jsea are always questions regarding requirements and certifications.

The updates also dictate a significant change around the methodology for cut testing. Proceed to Checkout Continue Shopping. As part of the change, EN became EN ISOmeaning the standards will be adopted internationally, simplifying glove selection and compliance around the world.

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The new ANSI standard now features nine cut levels significantly reducing the gaps between each level and better defining protection levels for the cut resistant gloves and sleeves with the highest gram scores. Simply put, it allows manufacturers to more accurately classify their gloves as they relate to specific performance metrics. This change is reflected in the pictogram used to signify chemical resistance. Already Subscribed to this document.

The updated standard introduces a new abrasive paper designed to deliver more consistent results when testing for abrasion resistance. Standards can help put some structure around the process. EN ISO addresses protection against microorganisms, specifically adding a viral penetration test to determine whether a glove protects against viruses.


Employers may make glove product compliance mandatory in the workplace, yet there is no official body or organization that enforces glove compliance.

Another change allows for greater specificity in cut performance ratings. This standard provides performance ranges for related to mechanical protection cut-resistance, puncture resistance and abrasion resistancechemical protection permeation resistance, 10 and other performance characteristics such as ignition resistance and vibration reductions based on standardized test methods. Effective workplace hand protection concerns us all.

IndustrySafe is here to help. We put together this page with critical information to help answer your key questions about OSHA recordkeeping. As 015, the gram score for our gloves comply nasi the new ANSI standard and will be applied accordingly under the new scale. Most standards in question had remained unchanged since and lagged well behind state-of-the-art glove technologies. You can download and open this file to your own computer but DRM prevents opening this file on another computer, including a networked server.

This standard is also available to be included in Standards Subscriptions. Often, where there are cut risks there also is the threat of puncture, and the standard made a small addition related to puncture prevention. The latter will provide more consistent ratings from the end user perspective.

If the job puts a worker’s hands at risk of cut, there are gloves designed specifically for that. For that reason, it’s important to refer to the manufacturer spec sheets in order to obtain this information.