Understanding the new cut resistant standard

ANSI/ISEA 105-2016

The new ANSI/ISEA 105-2016 standard for cut resistance now has 9 levels of cut resistance
instead of 5. The reason for this new standard has to do with the gamut covered by cut level
4 and cut level 5 in the old standard. Cut level 4 spanned from 1500g of cut resistance to
3499g of cut resistance while cut level 5 spanned from 3500g to over 7000g. This meant that,
although two gloves might both be rated as a cut level 5 glove, one could, in fact, have twice
the cut resistance of the other (where the one glove is rated at 3500g and the other one at
7000g). The new standard eliminates the cut level 4 and 5 of the old standard and replaces
them with 6 narrower, more defined ones as seen in the graph on the following page.
The new standard is differentiated from the old standard by the letter A in front of the cut
level. The new standard therefore lists the cut level as ANSI A1, ANSI A2, ANSI A3, etc…

Be aware, however, that because the new standard is not mandatory, you might not see
certain manufacturer making the switch, especially if it means footing the cost of retesting
each glove. It is therefore up to you as the end user to make sure you pay attention to the
rating itself, printed on the glove to see if it is a plain ANSI 1, ANSI2, etc… or the new ANSI
A1, ANSI A2, etc…


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Test it on the Edge

We hear it all the time… “We currently have a cut level 2 glove and we’re still cutting injuries. I think a cut-level 5 would be too much so what do you have that’s a cut level 4?”

As correct as the above question sounds, it’s actually missing the point all together. In order to show you what I mean check out the Banom Gloves video below.


Watch as they test various cut-level gloves, both on a steel edge and a glass edge.

Ultimately, in order to make sure you’ve got the right glove, you need to test them for the application you’re purchasing them for. The results might really surprise you.


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New “Hand Safety” Website

Whatever type of work you’re doing, you need to protect your hands. Whether you’re working in high heat applications, working with chemicals or working with tools, it’s important to keep your hands from harm.


Gloves make up a huge percentage of most safety distributors inventory and sales. Knowing which glove is the right glove, however, isn’t necessarily an easy challenge. Nor is it easy to get your employees to wear gloves at times, especially when it’s hot out and hands get sweaty.

Because hand protection is so important and because of the challenges involved in selecting the right protection, The Center for Construction Research and Training has put together a website especially dedicated to hand safety.

choosehandsafety.org is your new go-to site for all things related to hand safety. Divided into 4 categories the site includes a section on “Choosing Hand Tools”, one on “Choosing Gloves”, one on “Health and Safety” and one on “Training and More”.

One of the coolest features is, unfortunately, the one that is the most limited. I’m referring to the “Find Examples of Gloves for Commonly Used Products” under the “Choosing Gloves” tab. The idea is awesome. Select a craft, then select the type of job and it’ll tell you which gloves are best suited. Unfortunately, as I said, it’s extremely limited. The list of crafts only has 8 categories (Brick and Block, Cement, Marble, PCC, Plaster, Stone, Terrazzo and Tile). If you work in any other job you’re on your own.

The other section you’ll want to spend some time at is the “Training and More” tab which gives you a ton of material for training and safety meetings. With guides, presentations, videos, toolbox talks and handouts you’re sure to find something you can use.

Understanding the different types of heat

Not all heat is created equal. Understanding which type of heat you are trying to protect against is going to make all the difference between proper protection and burns.

From the Stanco catalog page 38, we get the following classifications

What kind of heat is it?

It is important to understand the types of heat in order to select the proper gloves and clothing for protection.

Radiant: Generated by a heat source. An example would be a fireplace or the sun. The materials being struck absorb the heat’s rays (it’s hotter standing in the sun than in the shade).

Ambient: The surrounding atmospheric temperature in a particular environment. Example 72 degrees Farenheit in your home; 92 degrees Farenheit on the golf course in July; 1,800 degrees Farenheit in a flaming building.

Conductive: Direct contact with hot surfaces. Example: Touching a hot piece of metal at 800 degrees Farenheit or leaning against a heat treating oven at 1,000 degrees Farenheit.

Breaking Down Hand Injuries

Though your company may not be one of them, there are a number of organizations out there, especially in the construction industry that have a 100% glove policy. What that means is that whenever you are on the jobsite you will be wearing gloves. Why? Simply because hand injuries are one of the top injuries and account for a huge number of lost hours.
What are the most common reasons why your employees need to wear gloves?
Here’s a breakdown for you:

(Source: Kimberly-Clarke literature)

Video of a glass crushing using Hexarmor gloves

If you aren’t familiar with Hexarmor gloves, you need to be. Hexarmor gloves are unique for puncture resistance, needle stick, abrasion resistance and cut resistance. Because of the technology that Hexarmor uses the standard cut rating really doesn’t even make sense anymore. I personally use a Hexarmor glove to pull blackberry wines at my home because I can literally grab hand fulls of the stuff and pull without worrying about getting stabbed. That’s not an exaggeration.

There a new video on youtube showing a hexarmor glove being used in the smashing and disposal of a glass tube that was used in the nuclear industry. Pretty cool.

Find out why Hexarmor gloves are unique and how they can protect you in your workplace with this video on Youtube as well.