The 2016 Cut Resistance Ratings Standard
ANSI is the North American ANSI/ISEA 105-2011 standard for Protective Gloves¬†Against Mechanical Risks. In 2016, the standard changed to create consistency¬†between the ANSI and EN388 test methods which is called the ASTM¬†F2992-15. The 2016 revision of the Ansi/ISEA 105 standard is a more¬†expanded level of classification of cut resistance. The results of the ANSI ASTM¬†F2992-15 cut test method will feature 9 levels of cut resistance, which will be¬†expressed as A1-A9. It has smaller increments between levels. ¬†Additional levels have also been added to the higher end of the cut resistance scale to account for new cut resistant materials and technologies coming on to the market.
You can see in the first chart below how the old ANSI rating system compares to the revised ANSI standard. In the second chart you can see how the new ANSI standard with correlate to the new EN388 ISO 13997 rating (still in the revision process).
How Watson Gloves are changing
As leaders in the industry, most of the gloves in the Watson cut resistant line have already been tested in accordance to the new 2016 ANSI F2992-15 and ISO 13997 standards using the TDM-100 machine. In fact, 90% our cut resistant gloves have been compliant with this standard since 2011.
Over the next few months, we will start to transition the glove markings on our products to represent these new standards. To make the transition easier for you, our glove markings will for now include the old ANSI rating as well as the new rating shown below. The new EN388 TDM cut test will not be on our glove markings until the standard has been released which is set for the end of 2016.
All of our marketing material as well as our website have been updated to reflect the new ANSI scores for easy reference.
Our trained sales team are here to help you make informed decisions when selecting the proper cut resistant gloves.
Please do not hesitate to ask us if you have any questions.
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