Meets new Australian standards for glove safety
When it comes to raising the bar for hand protection, Elliott doesn’t just talk about it, he leads by example. Glove Standard AS/NZS 2161.3:2020 Occupational Protective Gloves Certifies protection against mechanical risks.
We have tested many gloves with the new version and now that the standard has been published you will notice that labels and packaging have started to change to include the new AS/NZS 2161.3:2020 version.
Changes to the new standard AS/NZS 2161.3:2020.
AS/NZS 2161.3:2020 now reflects the European standard EN 388:2016 Protective gloves against mechanical risks. So what has changed, what is new, and what remains the same?
Testing for abrasion, tear and puncture resistance is performed as before with some clarifications to the test procedures and materials. Test results correspond on a scale of 0 to 4, the same as the 2003 edition, with 4 being the highest performance level.
The main differences for the 2016 version are regarding cut resistance and impact protection. The new version has two cut resistance methods.
Cut resistance test
1. Existing Method – (Coup Method)
Introduced in 2003, the EN 388 glove standard measures cut resistance on a Coop tester. A piece of dough is placed in a holder and a rotating circular blade is moved back and forth at a constant speed and pushed down with a force of 5 Newtons. As the blade cuts through, a performance rating of 1-5 is calculated from the total distance traveled. Since the blade gradually loses its sharpness, the beginning and end are marked with cotton cloth. Therefore, gloves with high cut resistance may result in less accurate results. This test method remains in his 2016 edition, but only for materials that do not affect the sharpness of the blade.
2. New method – EN ISO 13997 (TDM method)
TDM stands for tomodynamometer, the equipment used to conduct this test. This test draws a straight blade across the sample in one motion, using a new blade each time. The ‘stroke length’ before cut-through is recorded for various forces and plotted to predict the force required to cut the glove at 20 mm of travel. This power is used to calculate a score from A to F, with F being the highest rating.
Impact verification has been added to EN 388: 2016. The test method is taken from the motorcycle standard EN 13594:2015. Although the area claimed to be tested for impact protection, for technical reasons the area around the finger cannot be tested.
With an impact energy of 5 joules, the force delivered per hit should be no more than 9kN, with an average of no more than 7kN. If the requirements are met, the glove is marked with a P (passed). If you fail, there will be no score.
Glove markings and performance levels
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