Glove Standards and Cut Ratings

What is a Cut Rated or Cut Resistant Glove?

A Cut Rated or Cut Resistant Glove is a Glove that meets at least one of two rating standards. The EN388 Standard or the ANSI Standard. The EN388 Standard is a European Standard used throughout the world. The ANSI Standard is the Standard used only in America. Both Standards are measured differently and are used to determine the resistance of a material, such as a glove.


Cut Resistant Gloves are Gloves that are resistant to cuts, punctures, abrasion and tears. The Cut Rating of a glove determines how resistant to cuts the gloves are. In Australia and New Zealand we use the AS/NZS 2161 Glove Standards which are replicated from the EN388 Standard.


For your benefit The Glove Company have created an easy to understand Glove Standards Rating Chart below.


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The higher the number the stronger the gloves resistance to that particular hazard. The EN388 Mechanical Standards, tests four different hazards. Abrasion Resistance, Cut Resistance, Tear Resistance and Puncture Resistance.

  • Abrasion Resistance is defined as how many cycles the glove material can handle of a course/rough surface until the glove fails.
  • Cut Resistance is defined as how many cut/slicing cycles the glove can handle until the glove fails.
  • Tear Resistance is defined as how much force the glove can withstand before it is compromised and torn or ripped.
  • Puncture Resistance is defined as how much force the glove can withstand before the glove is pierced by a standard single point.

Usage: Gloves are commonly referred to by their cut rating alone. For example “Cut 3 glove” or “Cut 5 Glove”. The cut resistance of a level 3 glove is usually referred to as safe for handling sheet metals. Where as level 5 cut resistance is safe for handling glass and level 1 cut resistance is good for mechanic’s and general purpose.