Pay attention to the 4-digit number on your gloves

If you’re like most people, you’ve never really asked yourself what the 4-digit number on those pair of gloves you’re wearing was all about. It isn’t on all gloves but it’s on a lot of them and it there to provide you with information about the glove.

It’s the EN388 rating and it measures abrasion resistance, blade cut resistance, tear resistance and puncture resistance in that order. The performance rating is 1 to 4 with 1 being the lowest and 4 the highest. The blade cut resistance is the only exception; this rating goes up to 5.

This standard is actually the European standard, the ANSI standard, which is the US standard doesn’t have similar symbol that covers all these categories.

Knowing and understanding this rating can help you make sure that you have right glove for the right application.