What is EN388?

What is EN388?

Posted by Helen Wood on behalf of Pressure Pump Solutions Ltd on 22nd Nov 2021

WHAT ARE THE CHANGES TO EN388?

The purpose of the Abrasion Test is to determine how long the gloves will last. The performance thresholds haven't altered, but the sandpaper used in the test has been upgraded from 100 grit to a finer 180 grit.

NEW IMPACT TEST

The EN388 standard has been updated to include a new impact protection test. The testing procedure is as follows:

• Impact applied to the palm, back or knuckle area of the hand

• Uses the existing motorbike impact test EN13594:2015• 2.5kg weight is dropped to exert a 5 joules energy impact• Pass is achieved if the gloves reach level 1

• P is the added to the glove’s certification markings

REVISION TO CUT TEST

Generally, a circular blade that goes back and forth across the surface of the gloves has been used to assess the cut resistance of gloves. The Coup Test is the name given to this test. The following are the changes to the Coup Test:

• Circular blade test stops at 60 cycles• New blade used for every cut• If cutting factor is greater than 3 (i.e., difference in performance of the reference material against the test material) the straight blade test becomes the reference test.• The Coup Test does not have to be referenced if referencingthe StraightBlade Test. In this case it will be marked with an X.

STRAIGHT BLADE TEST (ISO 13997)

The Straight Blade test can be used in lieu of the Coup Test. It should also be used if the Coup Test reaches 60 cycles or if the cutting factor is greater than 3.

• The test is conducted on a TDM 100 machine• Tests are conducted using a new blade every time, blunting is not a factor

• Increasing levels of force are applied, 2 newtons up to 30 newtons• Letter score is applied A – F, F being the highest• The letter reference is applied in lieu of or along with the cut number reference

In short:

- The new EN388: 2016 regulations have made changes to the abrasion and cut tests.- Impact resistance tests have been introduced.- Cut resistance will now be measured by either the coupe test, the ISO test, or by both in the event of blade blunting.- If both cut resistance methods are used, the ISO classification is to be the official classification. 

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