Choosing the Right Glove for Extreme Cut Hazards

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Choosing the Right Glove for Extreme Cut Hazards

Just a few years ago, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) cut levels ranged from 0 to 5, but the scale needed work. The range of gloves between Levels 4 and 5 was so broad that you could have two gloves with very different protection rated at the same level.
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By M.B. Sutherland, Sr. Copywriter, Magid

Just a few years ago, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) cut levels ranged from 0 to 5, but the scale needed work. The range of gloves between Levels 4 and 5 was so broad that you could have two gloves with very different protection rated at the same level.

New ANSI Cut Level Standard

ANSI Cut Level Shields from A1 through A9

In 2016, the Institute came out with a new ANSI cut standard that used a different test and expanded the scale from A1 all the way through A9. With the new testing requirements, the old Levels 4 and 5 expanded significantly. These higher levels now cover a wide range of cut resistance and they make the ratings more precise and meaningful – so you can pinpoint the protection you need for an extreme cut hazard.

New Work Glove Technology, More Options

This is great news because the safety industry has since evolved to provide more glove options with higher cut levels than ever before. Now, industries that deal with very sharp edges or materials can find gloves to suit their needs.

 

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Automotive Manufacturing

 

 

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Manufacturing

 

 

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Metal Fabrication

 

 

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Household Appliance Assembly

 

 

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Aerospace Manufacturing

 

 

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Glass Fabrication

 

In the past, very high cut levels were only achievable by weaving steel wire into gloves, which took away from comfort and dexterity. Innovative technology including new methods of yarn wrapping and specialized core materials allow manufacturers to make gloves with the highest cut protection that are still soft and comfortable. These new gloves are also available with different palm coatings to make them more versatile for dry, wet, and oily environments.

Pair of blue ANSI Level A7 cut-resistant work gloves

 

If it’s been a while since you reviewed your glove choices for extreme cut hazards, take another look. There might be a new glove out there that will keep your workers safer and more comfortable.