Protection classes for cut protection gloves were previously assigned in Europe in accordance with standard DIN EN 388:2003. Due to the continuous development of technical materials – so-called ‘high-performance fibres’ – it has become necessary to adjust the methods used to test and classify these products. These changes have been implemented in standard DIN EN 388:2016.
Test procedure in accordance with EN 388:2016/ISO 13997
- Relates to cut protection gloves made from materials that cause the blades to become blunt (i.e. glass and steel fibres).
- Additional test procedure in accordance with ISO 13997: Determination of resistance of the glove to cutting by a sharp object through single contact under higher force
- Here, a long, straight blade is drawn once over the test piece. The minimum force required to cut through the test piece after 20 millimetres is determined in the process.
- The result is given in newtons (N) and assigned to a cut protection class.