STANDARD EN 388:2003

GLOVES GIVING PROTECTION FROM MECHANICAL RISKS

Scope:

This standard measures the performance against physical and mechanical interference caused by abrasion, cutting, tear and puncture.

TERM DEFINITIONS

Protection from mechanical hazards is expressed by a pictogram followed by numbers (performance levels), each representing a performance level using the appropriate test method as listed below:

1. Resistance to Abrasion

Based on the number of cycles required to abrade through the sample glove (abrasion by Aluminium Oxide paper under a stipulated pressure of 9+/- 0.2 kPa). The protection factor is then indicated on a scale from 1 to 4 depending on how many revolutions are required to make a hole in the material.

2. Blade Cut Resistance

Based on the number of cycles required to cut through the sample at a constant speed. The protection factor is then indicated on a scale from 1 to 5.

3. Tear Resistance

Based on the amount of force required to tear the sample. The protection factor is then indicated on a scale from 1 to 4.

4. Puncture Resistance

Based on the amount of force required to pierce the sample with a standard sized point. The protection factor is then indicated on a scale from 1 to 4.

Performance Level Level
0
Level
1
Level
2
Level
3
Level
4
Level
5
Abrasion Resistance
(cycles)
<100 100 500 2000 8000 n/a
Cut Resistance (index) <1.2 1.2 2.5 5.0 10.0 20.0
Tear Resistance
(Newton)
<10 10 25 50 75 n/a
Puncture Resistance
(Newton)
<20 20 60 100 150 n/a

EN 388: 2003 Mechanical Hazards
a. Abrasion Resistance (Cycles) (Rating 0-4) b. Blade Cut
Resistance (Index) (Rating 0-5) c. Tear Resistance
(Newton) (Rating 0-4)
d. Puncture Resistance (Newton) (Rating 0-4)

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