Revisions to ANSI/ISEA 105 American National Standard for Hand Protection Classification


ANSI/ISEA 105-2016 American National Standard for Hand Protection Classification has been revised. It offers practical advice on glove and hand protection selection.


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Cut Resistant Glove


OSHA CFR 29 1910 doesn’t reference any standard for design or performance of gloves, but requires among other things, that hand protection is evaluated based on the nature of the risk and the performance of the hand protection in relation to the task. OSHA CFR 29 1910 requires that employers provide appropriate PPE and train employees in their use. It also calls for periodic retraining and specifies that PPE must fit properly.

ANSI/ISEA 105-2016 explains glove performance data and the results to be expected when testing. It lists classifications to assist employers and product users in the appropriate specification and selection of gloves for specific workplace exposures. ANSI/ISEA 105 provides or refers to test methods and pass/fail criteria needed to evaluate the suitability of hand protection for a given task.

Major changes in this fourth edition of ANSI/ISEA 105 include:

  • a single test method has been selected to provide consistent meaning of the cut resistance ratings from the end-user perspective
  • the number of classification levels has been expanded to address the disparate gap among certain levels seen in earlier versions and to model the approach used in similar international standards
  • incorporation of a needlestick puncture test
  • cited test methods have been updated throughout the standard to reflect the state of the art in materials performance and technology and to harmonize with other existing standards, where possible

ANSI/ISEA 105 offers a list of normative references shown below (for convenience you can add all these standards and the ANSI/ISEA 105 to your ANSI webstore shopping cart with just one click):

ANSI/ASA S2.73, Mechanical Vibration and Shock - Hand-Arm Vibration – Methods for the Measurement and Evaluation of the Vibration Transmissibility of Gloves at the Palm
ASTM D3884, Standard Guide for Abrasion Resistance of Textile Fabrics (Rotary Platform, Double-Head Method)
ASTM D3389, Standard Test Method for Coated Fabrics Abrasion Resistance
ASTM F739, Standard Test Method for Permeation of Liquids and Gases through Protective Clothing Materials under Conditions of Continuous Contact
ASTM F1060 Test Method for Thermal Protective Performance of Materials for Protective Clothing for Hot Surface Contact
ASTM F1358-16, Test Method for Effects of Flame Impingement on Materials Used in Protective Clothing Not Designated Primarily for Flame Protection
ASTM F2878-10 Standard Test Method for Protective Clothing Material Resistance to Hypodermic Puncture
ASTM F2992-15, Standard Test Method for Measuring Cut Resistance of Materials Used in Protective Clothing with Tomodynamometer (TDM-100) Test Equipment
EN 420:2009, Protective gloves – General requirements and test methods
EN 388:2003 Protective gloves against mechanical risks
ISO 2859-1:1999, Sampling plans for inspection by attributes
ISO 17493:2000, Clothing for protection against heat and flame – Test method for convective heat resistance using a hot air circulating oven

Workplace exposures to sharp metal, glass, wires, heat, cold, chemicals, vibration, abrasion and other hazards cause lost time and injury across various industries from poultry processing to construction. The ANSI/ISEA 105 standard doesn’t specifically address radiation or electrical hazards. Because hand protection has such wide ranging applications, and so many test methods, related testing standards are listed in an appendix with a brief description of the test method. ANSI/ISEA 105 also lists standards for other types of hand protection that are used in firefighting, medical and other applications.
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