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New ANSI Standards for Cut Resistance

In 2016, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) announced an update to the ANSI/ISEA 105 standard for cut resistant gloves and sleeves. The 2016 edition introduced new classification levels that include a new scale to determine cut scores and a revised method for testing gloves to the standard. The new ANSI standard now features nine cut levels instead of the traditional five cut level classifications. By doing this, gaps between each cut level have been significantly reduced which helps define protection levels with the highest gram scores. To differentiate from the old score level, the new ANSI cut levels now feature an “A” in front of the score. See the chart below that highlights the difference between the old and new scale levels.

Wells Lamont Cut Levels

Current ANSI Cut Levels Defined:

200-499 Grams to cut
200-400 grams to cut
Light cut hazards: material handling, small parts assembly with sharp edges, packaging, warehouse, general purpose, forestry, construction
500-599 grams to cut
500-599 grams to cut
Light/Medium cut hazards: material handling, small parts assembly with sharp edges, packaging, warehouse, general purpose, forestry, construction, pulp & paper, automotive assembly
200-499 Grams to cut
1000-1499 grams to cut
Light/Medium cut hazards: material handling, small parts assembly with sharp edges, packaging, warehouse, general purpose, forestry, construction, pulp & paper, automotive assembly
500-599 grams to cut
1500-2199 grams to cut
Medium cut hazards: food prep/processing, packaging, warehouse, appliance manufacturing, bottle and light glass handling, canning, dry walling, electrical, carpet installation, HVAC, pulp & paper, automotive assembly, metal fabrication & handling, aerospace industry
2200-2999 grams to cut
2200-2999 grams to cut
Medium/heavy cut hazards: food prep/processing, packaging, warehouse, appliance manufacturing, bottle and light glass handling, canning, dry walling, electrical, carpet installation, HVAC, pulp & paper, automotive assembly, metal fabrication & handling, aerospace industry
3000-3999 grams to cut
3000-3999 grams to cut
High cut hazards: food prep/processing, meat processing, metal stamping, metal recycling, pulp & paper (slitter blade changing), automotive assembly, metal fabrication, sharp metal stampings, glass & window manufacturing, recycling plant/sorting, HVAC, aerospace industry
4000-4999 grams to cut
4000-4999 grams to cut
High cut hazards: food prep/processing, meat processing, metal stamping, metal recycling, pulp & paper (slitter blade changing), automotive assembly, metal fabrication, sharp metal stampings, glass & window manufacturing, recycling plant/sorting, HVAC, aerospace industry
5000-5999 grams to cut
5000-5999 grams to cut
High cut hazards: food prep/processing, meat processing, metal stamping, metal recycling, pulp & paper (slitter blade changing), automotive assembly, metal fabrication, sharp metal stampings, glass & window manufacturing, recycling plant/sorting, HVAC, aerospace industry
6000+ grams to cut
6000+ grams to cut
High cut hazards: food prep/processing, meat processing, metal stamping, metal recycling, pulp & paper (slitter blade changing), automotive assembly, metal fabrication, sharp metal stampings, glass & window manufacturing, recycling plant/sorting, HVAC, aerospace industry

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