Frequently Asked Questions

What does the CE marking mean?

A CE marking means the glove has met essential requirements as defined by the European Directive. The numbers of a CE marking relate to a Notified Body, meaning the product is designed for protection against specific hazards.

What is the difference between the PPE Directive and European Standards?

The PPE Directive is a part of European Legislation which sets out essential requirements for products. This Directive is passed by European Parliament and adopted into UK law. In contrast, European Standards are created by a committee which consists of numerous interested parties such as Health and Safety specialists, manufacturers and test and certification bodies.

What is the difference between EN and ANSI cut standards?

American National Standards Institute (ANSI) provides a different set of tests for measuring the performance of safety gloves in the American market. EN standards – such as EN 388 – are the European equivalent although the performance levels do not exactly equate to one another.

What Are Performance Levels?

Performance levels are designed to give end-users an easy way of comparing the performance of different gloves in specific areas e.g. cut protection, abrasion resistance, impact protection, etc. This allows end-users to make more informed decisions on which gloves to use for specific tasks. However, it should be noted that performance levels are based on laboratory tests and, as such, cannot completely accurately simulate all conditions the glove may face.

What is the difference between ISO and Coup Cut test methods?

All gloves which are tested for cut resistance using the coup blade method, which blunts the blade during the test, are also required to undergo additional testing using the EN ISO 13997 cut method. Currently there are 6 cut levels defined on the ISO cut method, ranging from A - F, and represent the minimum force required to cut the sample material at a measured length of 20mm. The result is measured in Newtons and grams.

Which Cut Level do I need?

This will entirely depend on what tasks will be undertaken while wearing the glove. For Cut Level 1 & 2, we recommend only undertaking low cut risk tasks such as general product handling, warehouse or assembly line work, and some low risk construction jobs. For Cut Level 3 & 4, we recommend only undertaking medium cut risk tasks such as second fix construction trades, mechanical or electrical trades, steel fixing and handling materials with sharp edges. For Cut Level 5, we recommend only undertaking high cut risk tasks such as applying cladding, swarf and metal work and handling glass or sheet metal with cut edges. Cut Level 5 gloves also provide protection for dealing with unknown risks, for example, in the waste and recycling industries. For further information, or to discuss your requirements in more detail, please get in contact with us today.

What does gauge mean?

‘Gauge’ is a term which refers to the knitting process in the creation of a glove. A higher gauge number will generally mean the fabric will be denser but thinner, producing a lightweight and comfortable feel for the wearer.