Cut resistant gloves explained

In November 2016 the new EN388:2016 standard was released to replace the previous EN388:2003 glove standard in Europe.


The main difference between the 2 standards is in relation to protection against impact and cut resistance. The same Coup method of testing is still used, but additional tests have been added.



The new tests that have been added are TDM blade test (done with a tomodynamometer) and impact testing (with exception of the area around the fingers which can not be tested).


Tests on EN388:2016 standard includes:
| Existing Cut Test – Coup Method
| Additional New Cut Test – TDM blade test
| Impact Testing


Difference between EN 388:2003 glove markings and EN 388:2016 glove markings:


EN 388:2003

Has a coded number on it such as 4544, of which mean:

4 - Abrasion resistance
5 - Blade of resistance
4 - Tear resistance
4 - Puncture resistance


EN 388:2016

Has a coded number on it such as 3x43EP, of which means:

3 - (Cycles) Abrasion
x - (Coupe Test) Cut
4 - (N) Tear
3 - (N) Puncture
E - (NEW TDM Test) Cut
P - (NEW Pass Full) Impact Protection


If Impact Protection is not passed, there will be no "P" marking. 


EN 388:2016 supersedes EN 388:2003. Gloves under both standards may continue to be sold until 2023


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