EN 388 Mechanical Test
The European Standard EN388 covers the test requirements for safety gloves that are sold as protection against mechanical risks. It is generally accepted that the majority of occupational hand injuries are caused by cuts and abrasions, with most of the more serious injuries due to cuts.
Te EN388 Standard requires gloves to be scored on a scale of 1 to 5 for blade cut resistance (with 5 being the highest score) and 1 to 4 for abrasion resistance, tear resistance and puncture resistance. Te test results will vary according to the fibres, materials, stitching and coating used to make a particular glove.