Changes Made to ANSI Hand Safety Standards


ANSI/ISEA 105-2016 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 based on standardized test methods.

Understanding the ANSI/ISEA 105-2016 update is important when choosing the correct level of hand protection needed for workplace safety.

The three key areas to know about are:

  1. Expanded Cut-Resistance Ratings
  2. New Needle Puncture Resistance
  3. Improved Testing Methods
1. Expanded Cut-Resistance Ratings

A singular test method has been chosen and the number of classifi cation levels has been increased from 5 to 9 levels. This 2016 updated range will now be expressed as (A1 – A9).
With more accurate ratings, the end user will be able to better select the appropriate hand PPE required for their job.

ANSI Revisions Chart


NEW ANSI/ISEA 105-2016
Cut-Restistance ratings will be:

A1 – up to 200 gm., light cut hazards
A2 – up to 500 gm., light-med. cut hazards
A3 – up to 1000 gm., light-med. cut hazards
A4 – up to 1500 gm., medium cut hazards
A5 – up to 2200 gm., med.-high cut hazards
A6 – up to 3000 gm., high cut hazards
A7 – up to 4000 gm., high cut hazards
A8 – up to 5000 gm., high cut hazards
A9 – up to 6000 gm., high cut hazards

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2. New Hypodermic Needle Puncture Resistance

This will address the needs of the medical, recycling, sanitation and law enforcement industries. The test procedure uses a 25mm hypodermic needle instead of the probe that is used in the puncture resistance testing.

3. Testing Improvements

While progress has been made for the ANSI/ISEA 105-2016 standard, the cut-level standards in EU EN388 have still not been passed by Feb. 1, 2016. The gap between the two standards is closing but they should still be used separately and not compared side by side.

As the PPE industry changes to adopt these new standards, Gallaway Safety & Supply will continue to offer the right protection for the job.