ANSI/ISEA (105-2016)

Directive 89/686/EEC on personal protective equipment

New ANSI cut scores will feature an “A” in front of the scores

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has released a new edition of the ANSI/ISEA 105 standard -2016. The changes include new classification levels, which include a new scale to determine the ANSI cut score and a revised method for testing gloves to the standard.

The new ANSI standard features nine cut levels that reduce the gaps between each level and better defines protection levels for the cut-resistant gloves and sleeves with the highest gram scores.

ANSI/ISEA 105: Main Changes (2016)

The majority of the proposed changes involve cut resistance testing and classification.

Recommended changes include:

  • Using a single testing method for more reliable ratings overall
  • More classification levels for increased accuracy in test results and safety
  • Addition of a needle stick puncture test for an increased level of protection against puncture threats
  • Different ANSI Level The Corresponding Applications
  • A1-Light cut hazards (200 grams)A1 cut level glove Applications:

    Material handling, small parts assembly(sharp edges), packing, warehouse, general-purpose, forestry, construction

    A2-Light/medium cut hazards(500 grams)

    A2 cut level glove Applications:

    Material handling, small parts assembly(sharp edges), packing, warehouse, general-purpose, forestry, construction, pup ad paper, automotive assembly

    A3-Light/medium cut hazards(1000 grams)

    A3 cut level glove Applications:

    Material handling, small parts assembly(sharp edges), packing, warehouse, general-purpose, forestry, construction, pup ad paper, automotive assembly

    A4-Medium cut hazards(1500 grams)

    A4 cut level glove Applications:

    Appliance manufacturing, bottle and light glass handling, canning, drywall work, electrical, carpet installation, HVAC, pulp ad paper, automotive assembly, material fabrication and handling, packing, warehouse, aerospace industry, food prep processing

    A5-Medium/heavy cut hazards(2200 grams)

    A5 cut level glove Applications:

    Appliance manufacturing, bottle and light glass handling, canning, drywall work, electrical, carpet installation, HVAC, pulp ad paper, automotive assembly, material fabrication and handling, packing, warehouse, aerospace industry, food prep processing

    A6-High cut hazards(3000 grams)

    A6 cut level glove Applications:

    Metal stamping, metal recycling, pulp and paper(changing slitter blades), automotive assembly, metal fabrication, sharp metal stamping, glass manufacturing, window manufacturing, recycling plant/sorting. HVAC, food prep/processing, meat processing, aerospace industry.

    A7-High cut hazards(4000 grams)

    A7 cut level glove Applications:

    Metal stamping, metal recycling, pulp and paper(changing slitter blades), automotive assembly, metal fabrication, sharp metal stamping, glass manufacturing, window manufacturing, recycling plant/sorting. HVAC, food prep/processing, meat processing, aerospace industry.

    A8-High cut hazards(5000 grams)

    A8 cut level glove Applications:

    Metal stamping, metal recycling, pulp and paper(changing slitter blades), automotive assembly, metal fabrication, sharp metal stamping, glass manufacturing, window manufacturing, recycling plant/sorting. HVAC, food prep/processing, meat processing, aerospace industry.

    A9-High cut hazards(6000 grams)

    A9 cut level glove Applications:

    Metal stamping, metal recycling, pulp and paper(changing slitter blades), automotive assembly, metal fabrication, sharp metal stamping, glass manufacturing, window manufacturing, recycling plant/sorting. HVAC, food prep/processing, meat processing, aerospace industry.