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.


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.