Blunt Object Puncture Testing of Protective Gloves

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Blunt Object Puncture Testing of Protective Gloves

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Blunt object puncture testing of protective gloves is an important step in determining the quality and performance of the product. The puncture probe is about the size of a ballpoint pen. Industrial glove ratings are then based on the amount of force needed to pierce the sample. The standards are useful for industries like lumber, metal fabrication or waste collection.

This test is used for testing gloves that face puncturing hazards from large or blunt objects, it does not take into account fine-object puncture threats. 

What are the industry standards for blunt object puncture testing of protective gloves?

  • EN 388 for protective gloves against mechanical risks
  • ANSI/ISEA 105 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.

What is EN 388?

EN 388 evaluates the puncture resistance of a protective clothing material specimen by measuring the compressive force required to cause a pointed puncture probe to penetrate through the specimen. The test evaluates puncture resistance of protective clothing materials, specifically for puncture forced on specimens perpendicular to material surface. In this test there is no supporting structure under the material specimen.

What are the application requirements for testing protective gloves according to EN 388 and ANSI/ISEA 105?

  • Force capacity of the machine should be greater than 500 N (110 lbf)