The ANSI/ISEA 105-2016 standard has cut resistance levels ranging from level A1 (minimum resistance) to A9 (maximum resistance) and is now the most up-to-date standard for cut resistance in the United States. Ansell's proprietary InterceptTMcut resistance technology blends engineered, synthetic and natural fibers into a soft, comfortable, high-performance product that is lightweight and dexterous with high cut-resistance levels.
- Automotive / Aftermarket
- Engineering Construction
- Machinery and Equipment
- Metal Fabrication
- Oil and gas
- Final Assembly
- Grinding / Prep
- Light Duty Stamping
- Metal Press / Stamping
- Primary Assembly
- Small Parts
- Sharp Parts
GAUGE VS. MILS
While gauge and mils both relate to a glove's thickness, there are key differences to keep in mind especially when it comes to cut gloves. It is important to note that gloves made from yarns or fibers refer to thickness in gauges, whereas gloves made from either synthetic or natural rubber or vinyl refer to thickness measured in mils.
A glove's gauge, which can range from 7-21, is actually an inverse relationship - the lower the gauge, the thicker the glove. Why? In general, it relates to the number of stitches per inch of yarn.
Disposable gloves are measured in mil and typically have a range of 2 to 14 mils. Generally, the thickness refers to the protection level of the glove—the higher the mils, the stronger the glove, which gives it the ability to resist the threat of punctures, tears, or chemicals. Be sure to select the glove thickness based on the work your employees are performing and the hazards against which you are protecting.
As manufacturing technology changes and companies blend their products by incorporating different fibers and materials, the goal is to deliver products that provide protection, dexterity, and comfort— thereby reducing the need to remove the gloves throughout the day and increasing compliance.
HOW ARE CUT SCORES CLASSIFIED?
The classification for cut resistance equips you to find the appropriate protection for the job, because it offers testing that precisely defines levels of cut resistance with graduated levels.
Light cut hazards
200-499 Grams to Cut
Material handling, small parts assembly with sharp edges, packaging, warehouse, general purpose, forestry, construction.
Light/medium cut hazards
500-1,499 Grams to Cut
Material handling, small parts assembly with sharp edges, packaging, warehouse, general purpose, forestry, construction, pulp and paper, automotive assembly.
Medium/Heavy cut hazards
1,500 – 2,999 Grams to Cut
Appliance manufacturing, bottle and light glass handling, canning, drywalling, electrical carpet installation, HVAC, pulp and paper, automotive assembly, metal fabrication, metal handling, packaging, warehouse, aerospace industry, food prep/processing.
High cut hazards
3,000 - 6000+ Grams to Cut
Metal stamping, metal recycling, pulp, and paper (changing slitter blades), automotive assembly, metal fabrication, sharp metal stampings, glass manufacturing, window manufacturing, recycling plant/sorting, food prep/processing, meat processing, aerospace industry.
HOW DO I GAUGE WHICH CUT RESISTANCE GLOVES I NEED?
The gloves you purchase for your employees will depend on a number of factors. It is important to understand the potential cut risks and balance the need for cut resistance with comfort and flexibility. While cost and even style can all factor into your decision-making process, if you are unsure how to determine what gloves are the best for your employees' needs, talking to your safety equipment provider is a great way to start.
Arbill's team of safety experts can provide Environmental Health and Safety training and servicesand make recommendations to help you find the right glove at the right cost to keep your employees safe.
Have a Safe Day!