What do Safety Work Glove Ratings Mean?

All Smith & ARROW Work Gloves are have EN388 Certification giving a measured protection from mechanical risks across 4 industry parameters: Abrasion, Cut, Tear, and Puncture resistance – each rated from lowest “1” through to highest “5”.  Protection against mechanical hazards is expressed by a pictogram followed by these four constructs (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 5 depending on how many revolutions are required to make a hole in the material. The higher the number, the better the glove

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 5.

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 5.