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New EN388 Impact test

Posted: May 14, 2018 10:10 am No Comments

In 2016, the European Standard for Protective Gloves (EN388:2016) added an impact test. This was the first time that a standard was used for impact resistance in the industrial market.

Why was the impact standard created?

There are a lot of gloves that claim they provide impact resistance and this can be confusing for an end user to navigate through. The impact standard was created because all gloves with thermal plastic rubber on the back of the hand were viewed equally when realistically one glove could provide you with more protection then the other.
Having a back of hand standard will help educate customers about impact protection and which gloves are best suited for use in specific applications.

What does the impact test involve?
The new EN388 impact test is based on the EN13594:2015 Standard for Protective gloves for motorcycle riders. This test is optional and only applies to gloves claiming impact protection.

The test consists of:

•The Glove being tested is cut, opened out flat and laid out over a domed anvil w/ sensors underneath
•The glove surface is struck with a 2.5kg striker at a distance sufficient enough to provide an impact energy of 5J
•If the average transmitted force is less than or equal to 7kN, then the gloves will receive a Level 1 Pass rating
•If the average transmitted force is higher than 9kN, then the gloves will receive a Level 0 Fail rating

The video below will show you our #025 Overtime glove being tested under the EN388 impact standard.

Updated EN388 Marking

You will start to see a revised EN388:2016 glove marking on all of our marketing material. A “P” or “F” will be found at the end of the EN388 shield for impact gloves that have been tested, shown below. The “P” stands for gloves that have passed the impact test and the “F” will be for the gloves that failed.

What’s next?
We have started to test all of our impact gloves and under the new PPE regulation. Satra announced that all manufactures who wish to market their gloves as having impact protection have until April 2019 to have their gloves tested.

We are happy to announce that #578 Drill Sergeant and #025 Overtime have been tested under the new impact standard and have passed. We will keep you updated on all of the test results on our other impact gloves.

Click to download the #578 Drill Sergeant spec sheet

Click to download the #025 Overtime spec sheet

Sneak Peak

ANSI (American National Standards Institute) has also announced that they are working on an impact standard for the North American market which will be launched later this year.

Message from our President, Marty Moore

Posted: July 11, 2017 8:33 am No Comments

As Watson Gloves gets ready to head into our 100th year of business, we say goodbye to our 2017 fiscal year. A year where we achieved all of our corporate objectives as we continue to grow to be the most successful glove distributor in Canada. All of our departments are aligned and pulling in the same direction to give you, our valued customers, unsurpassed customer service, and innovative, high quality product. Our goal for fiscal 2018 is to develop procedural improvements by implementing automation and technology. By doing so, we will streamline efficiency and increase productivity to further enhance our already strong Watson experience for both our valued customers and all of our employees coast to coast. I personally want to thank each one of our 128 incredible staff members and celebrate them for embracing our Watson Core values: family spirit, integrity, fun and authentic to help make our company what it is. I also want to thank you, our loyal customer for your partnership with us to make Watsons the 100 year Canadian icon it has become.

Notice about Harry

Posted: February 28, 2017 9:46 am No Comments

It is with profound regret that we note the death of our friend and colleague Harry Hargreaves (1934-2017).
His stories, jokes and friendship will be missed, as will his outstanding karaoke rendition of New York, New York.
Harry was indeed a true character, he lit up the room. He will be missed by the Watson Glove family.

Cut Resistant Standard Changes

Posted: July 8, 2016 2:40 pm 3 Comments

In January 2016 the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) introduced a new standard called the ANSI/ISEA 105. The goal for updating this standard was to create consistency between ANSI and EN388 methods as well as to account of the recent advances in cut resistant yarns and technologies. The European Norm (EN) standard is still in the revision process and will be released later in 2016.

What are the changes that are being made to the 2016 Cut Resistance standards?

• Both ANSI & EN 388 standards will now be required to measure cut resistance using the same machine: the TDM-100 machine
• The new 2016 ANSI cut test standard is called ASTM F2992-15
• In the 2016 En388 standard, it will be required that the EN ISO 13997 must also referenced on the En388 score as it
also uses the TDM-100 Machine

Because both the new ANSI F2992-15 cut test method and EN ISO 13997 use the TDM-100 machines,
their scores now will roughly correlate as you can see illustrated in the chart below.


The 2016 Cut Resistance Ratings System

The 2016 revision of the ANSI/ISEA 105 standard is a more expanded level of classification of cut resistance:
• The ANSI ASTM F2992-15 cut test method will feature 9 levels of cut resistance: A1-A9 with 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.

For the EN 388 cut test ratings, both the Coup Test cut score and ISO 13997 rating will be required to be represented on the En 388 score
• The new ISO 13997 rating will be represented by the letters A-F at the end of the score
• The current Coup Test ratings of 1-5 will remain for now
• The European norm EN 388 standard is in the revision process and will be released in 2016

New EN 388 and ANSI Shields:

2016 EN388 Pictogram:
The new EN 388 rating will be scored from (A-F)

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2016 ANSI F2992-15 Icon:
The new ANSI ratings will be scored from A1-A9

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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.

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All of our marketing material as well as our website have been updated to reflect the new ANSI scores for easy reference.
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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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A Message from our President, Martin Moore

Posted: June 24, 2015 8:46 am 4 Comments

We here at Watson Gloves have just completed our 2015 fiscal year end and are proudly into our 97th year of successful glove manufacturing and distribution. For fiscal year 2016, our corporate agenda is to strive for 100% accuracy in all of our various departments. Our goal is to deliver to you, our valued customer, an unparalleled experience when dealing with us.  We have introduced matrixes and measurement tools internally to ensure that we are doing it right to meet your expectations. You deserve the very best from every facet of our organization.  We appreciate that you have chosen to do business with us and we will not let you down.

Our mantra for fiscal 2016 comes from Brandon Webb.  He is an innovative US Navy Seal trainer/instructor and CEO of Force 12 media: “In times of difficulty your team doesn’t rise to the task but rather sinks to its level of training”.

Thank you for your continuous support over the past 97 years.  We will live up to our corporate agenda,
you have my word on it.


Marty Moore



Prepare for battle with our 314 Game of Thorns gloves

Posted: April 8, 2015 2:24 pm 4 Comments

The Game of Thorns is an amazing new glove created by our Product Developer after one of our sales guys had repeated requests for it from garden shop managers in his Okanagan territory. As I have a cabin with a yard being taken over by blackberry bushes, I was excited to give the gloves a test run. Unfortunately for my husband, I only brought 1 pair of Men’s size down to the cabin last weekend. Now my husband is a tough-guy carpenter with a construction company and used to working with power tools and not the least bit wimpy, so he grabbed a pair of short leather gloves for himself and handed my son The Game of Thorns gloves. I, of course, dug in with the women’s size pair. Here’s the yard “Before and After” photos.



As you can see we had to take out the old tree fort and then cut down and yank out so many thorny blackberry branches that it took the whole day. Fortunately for my son and I, we had our gauntlet super Game of Thorn gloves on and came away unscathed. We were able to grab the thorny stalks and yank them out of the ground without feeling almost any thorns. My husband was not so lucky!


So, besides his arms being completely cut and scraped up it is important to actually think about the serious implications that could happen because he didn’t have proper hand & forearm protection. Getting a cut or scrape can result in a nasty infection. Sporotrichosis (also known as “Rose Gardener’s disease”) is a disease caused by the infection of the fungus Sporothrix schenckii. It can enter your body via a wound. Symptoms of this form include bumps in the skin, at the point of entry and also along lymph nodes and vessels. The lesion starts off small and painless, and ranges in color from pink to purple. Left untreated, the lesion becomes larger and looks similar to a boil and more lesions will appear, until a chronic ulcer develops.
If you get jabbed with a thorn, remove any thorn remains embedded in the skin and then clean the area completely with soap. Keep a sharp eye on your wound and if you observe signs of infection (increased pain, swelling, warmth, or redness, red streaks leading from the wound, swollen lymph nodes in your neck, armpits, or groin, or fever), seek medical attention.
Prevention is clearly the safest way to avoid gardening infection hazards and the number one way to do that is to wear gloves. A word of warning: stay away from those cheapy cotton gloves as they really don’t protect you from much. ]If you’re pruning choose leather gloves, especially the longer gauntlet models that will also protect your forearms. The Game of Thorns is the ideal glove to wear while tackling blackberry or rose bushes with their mighty thorns.

A Message from our President, Martin Moore

Posted: October 14, 2014 8:52 am No Comments


Wow! Thank you everyone for the tremendous effort and hard work over the past few months. At our last AGM the word momentum was mentioned and how important it is in our growth strategy. Well with the results we’ve seen in 2014, we have momentum baby! Watson is growing rapidly and it is thanks to the effort put in by all members of the team. Don’t take my word for it look at these numbers:

  • Averaged double digit growth year over year for the last 5 years
  • September was our largest shipping month ever in our 96 year history. Which included 823 orders shipped in one day! Also a Watson record
  • 2500 SKU with 2000 of those on hand
  • Over one hundred thousand square feet of warehouse space in three locations across Canada to serve our 2652 active accounts (and growing)

All of this couldn’t have happened without our dedicated staff. The Watson family has grown and grown, to 134 employees across three branches. With twenty five office staff to keep this place humming. Thirty plus in our sale and marketing team to serve our customers country wide. Over forty fine folks in the warehouse breaking records.

And our factory which is on fire (not literally) with 24 sewers and a team that is 40 strong, pumping out some of the finest Canadian made gloves around. The factory has seen an 18% increase in output over the last year producing an average of 583 gloves a day. The factory has also seen heavy investment for its future with 60% of the equipment having been upgraded or replaced.

Momentum is on our side lets keep it that way.

“The Watson experience means striving to supply perfect quality products and services and cuts across all facets of the organization. Hats off to the crazy ones, the ones who see things differently, and the ones who get it. At Watson we get it, and so do our customers”


Marty Moore

A Message from our President, Martin Moore

Posted: June 2, 2014 1:52 pm 1 Comment

Watson Gloves has just completed it’s fiscal year end and is well into it’s 96th year of successful glove manufacturing and distribution. I would like to pass on a heartfelt thanks to our fantastic staff, their families, our suppliers and our loyal customers. Working daily with our staff and customers reminded me of an article in Fortune Magazine where they interviewed great leaders from the past 20 years. One quote that stood out in particular was from the Four Star General Joe Dunford, leader of the Nato Coalition in Afghanistan. He was asked what he felt were the three rules to success and dynamic leadership. He replied by saying that the first rule would be “surround yourself with good people”. As for the second and third rule, Dunford said that “over the years he had forgotton the other two”.

These are great words to live by and an article I won’t forget.

Thanks everyone for another great year.

Martin Moore
President – Watson Gloves


Garden Gloves: More Than Just a Fashion Accessory

Posted: February 17, 2014 9:13 am 5 Comments

Gardeners are starting to feel it in the air. Spring is coming, and with it, a brand new gardening season. When you walk into your local garden centre in the next month, your eyes will surely be caught by the “Glove Rack.” On it you’ll see this season’s new fabrics, patterns and colours. While you’ll want to pick a pair that looks oh-so-fab, you should also consider their purpose. We wear gloves to garden in so our hands stay clean, but they are also extremely important for protection.

Gloves provide a barrier from soil, splinters, pricks, cuts and abrasions, insect and spider bites, poison oak and other skin irritants. They keep skin dry, prevent sunburn and fingernail damage and reduce blistering. It’s important to have different gloves appropriate for the task at hand:

Leather gloves
Provide protection from most thorns, but still absorb water and don’t breathe.

Rubber gloves
Keep hands dry, are great for muddy/wet conditions and are washable.

Performance gloves
Snug-fitting, durable, may not protect against thorns, are not great for wet conditions.

Nitrile gloves
Excellent for dexterity, strong and puncture resistant. If they have a knit back then they are good for breathability, are washable and often effective in protecting your skin from chemicals.

Inexpensive, washable and comfortable, but offer no protection from water or thorns.

Waterproof Gauntlet
Completely waterproof with a long gauntlet, sometimes even reaching up to the shoulder. Perfect for the pond/water gardener.

Your gloves should fit nice and snug, and ensure that when you’re pruning plants with prickles and thorns, your gloves have long wrist protectors (gauntlets).

We have 6 new gloves for Spring 2014 that features new technology, new colours and offers more protection in the garden.

Introducing our 2014 Collection:

307 Game of Thorns: 

308 Tiger Lily:

319 Forget-me-Not:

323 Eden:

324 The Gladiator:

412 #Tap_That:


Life After the Flood

Posted: August 6, 2013 5:12 pm No Comments

It has now been 40 days since my wife Debbie and I were impacted by the High River flood on June 20, 2013.  The experience of walking into your home after such an ordeal, to say the least, was shocking, upsetting and startling.  Where do you begin to start as you are surveying the damage to your basement?  Who do you call to get your back door fixed after it was kicked in?   Most of all, you think, how did it get to this?  So you just begin the cleanup process and hope you can save as much as you can and try to get rid of the mold since our home sat for 10 days before we were allowed back in.  As our flood  was  the result of sewage backup my insurance company said we would be covered,  but we are still waiting, with fingers crossed.

Now that we have our basement cleaned up and back to the unfinished stage we are  turning our attention to trying to get some normalcy back in to our lives.  Our dogs are still trying to figure out what happened but they are coming around as well.  We both wish to thank the many volunteers that helped us clean out our basement.  Now comes the decision, do you rebuild not knowing what next year brings?  I wish to thank my employer, Watson Gloves, for everything they have done for us.  From Kasey Whitman,  Vice President of Western Canada, for coming out with his Master Builder brother,  Brady, and getting my water heater installed (cold showers just like camping for the first couple of nights) and for setting me up with a Heating contractor to get a furnace installed (put in last Thursday).   Martin Moore, President of Watson Gloves, and Barrie Moore, Owner/Chairman, for their many thoughtful words of encouragement and  support. The Watson Gloves saying is, “it may not take a village to build a glove but it sure does help to have a team of dedicated professionals on board”.  I don’t think I could have worded it any better. It is times like this that you really appreciate the people  you deal with on a daily basis, from everyone in our head office in Burnaby to our Mississauga branch  …  everyone here in our Calgary office, you all really stepped up for us at this time.   I’d like to thank Kirk McManes, Branch Manager, for all his hard work organizing the donations and helping me get our new fridge home (so we didn’t have to live out of a cooler anymore).  I would never wish this experience on anyone, ever, but Debbie and I are fortunate that we can begin to try and get back to our life the way it was before the flood.  There are countless people who still or may never be able to return to their homes and it’s unfortunate that our small town will become even smaller.

Again, our heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped us in our time of need.

Patrick McCormack

Operations Manager

Calgary, Alberta

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