January 27, 2016

Revised ISEA Hand Protection Selection Criteria Guides End-Users and Specifiers

The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) has received American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approval for ANSI/ISEA 105-2016, American National Standard for Hand Protection Classification, with cut-resistance testing and updated corresponding classification levels as key focus areas.

ANSI/ISEA 105-2016 was prepared by the Hand Protection Group of the ISEA and reviewed by a consensus panel of key stakeholders representing construction, healthcare, sanitation and recycling facilities, end users, testing and certification organizations, and government agencies.

The standard addresses the classification and testing of hand protection for specific performance properties related to mechanical protection (cut-resistance, puncture resistance and abrasion resistance), chemical protection (permeation resistance, degradation) and other performance characteristics such as ignition resistance and vibration reductions.

Gloves are classified to a performance level ranging from 0 to 6 based upon their performance when evaluated against defined industry test methods.  Such ratings can assist users to select appropriate hand protection for known specific hazards in the workplace.

One of the major changes in ANSI/ISEA 105-2016 surrounds the determination of classification for cut-resistance, including the use of a single test method for testing in an effort to provide consistent meaning of the ratings from the end-user perspective. Classification levels have been expanded to address the disparate gap among certain levels seen in earlier versions and to model the approach used in similar international standards. Additional updates include the incorporation of a needlestick puncture test, recognizing that this is a common potential exposure for the medical, sanitation and recycling industries.

“The 2016 version reflects a proactive process to include state of the art material performance and technology and to harmonize with other existing standards. The updates will assist end users and specifiers in properly selecting appropriate hand protection based on testing and classification,” said Brent Lohrmann, Vice President of HexArmor and Chairman of the ISEA Hand Protection Group.

ISEA Cut-Resistance Calculator Tool

To assist manufacturers, material suppliers and test labs, ISEA has developed an on-line tool that can be used to easily and accurately calculate the glove’s cut-resistance classification outlined in the standard.  The complimentary tool can be downloaded here.