EN388 Mechanical Risk Guide

EN 388 - Gloves giving protection from mechanical risks.

Protection against mechanical hazards is expressed by a pictogram followed by four numbers (performance levels), each representing test performance against a specific hazard.
 

1 Resistance to abrasion

Based on the number of cycles required to abrade through the sample glove (abrasion by sandpaper under a stipulated pressure). The protection factor is then indicated on a scale from 1 to 4 depending on how many revolutions are required to make a hole in the material. The higher the number, the better the glove. See table below.

2 Blade cut resistance

Based on the number of cycles required to cut through the sample at a constant speed. The protection factor is then indicated on a scale from 1 to 5.

3 Tear resistance

Based on the amount of force required to tear the sample. 
The protection factor is then indicated on a scale from 1 to 4.

4 Puncture resistance

Based on the amount of force required to pierce the sample with a standard sized point. The protection factor is then indicated on a scale from 1 to 4.

If some of the results are marked with a X means that this test performance is not tested. If some of the results are marked with a O means that the glove did not pass the test.

Test Performance level
  1 2 3 4 5
Abrasion resistance (cycles)
100 500 2000 8000  
Blade cut resistance (factor)
1,2 2,5 5 10 20
Tear resistance (newton)
10 25 50 75  
Puncture resistance (newton)
20 60 100 150