Protective Gloves against Mechanical Risks
EN 388 PROTECTIVE GLOVES AGAINST MECHANICAL RISKS
EN 388 is the European standard used to evaluate mechanical risks for hand protection, and to be legally sold in Europe, a glove has to be certified to this standard. Gloves with an EN 388 rating must be third-party tested and are rated on a score of 1-4 for abrasion, cut, tear and puncture resistance and on a scale of 1-5 for cut resistance.
It is well accepted that the majority of hand injuries are caused by cuts and abrasions, with the most serious being cuts. As a result, the latest edition of this standard incorporates the Coup Test and the ISO 13997 standard which uses a TDM-100 machine for a more accurate measure of cut resistance. Gloves certified to the new standards will display 2 extra components to the markings as shown in the diagram.