What Cut Level Should I Be Using?
Tillman uses both the ANSI 105 and the EN 388 standards for testing. Both standards test gloves for Abrasion, Cut, Tear, and Puncture with both the ANSI and EN standards recognized in the US. With the introduction of ANSI/ISEA 105 (2016) standard in 2016, 105 addressed the classification and testing of hand protection for specific performance properties. With this change, there are now nine cut levels – A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A8, A9 – Up from 5. These nine cut levels allow users and manufacturers to more accurately determine the level of hand protection they require as it relates to job requirements.
Along with the update in cut resistance, ANSI/ISEA 105 (2016) incorporated a needlestick puncture test as this is a potential risk in the construction and recycling industries.