Understand the EN388 rating of Grange safety gloves

Mar 2, 2023

If you’ve been looking for gloves that protect you from cuts and tears, you’ve probably noticed that they have an EN388 rating, represented by symbols with numbers underneath. Here’s how to interpret this to buy the best Grange safety gloves for your needs.

EN388 rating is a standardised method of testing how much a glove can protect you from four hazards. They are as follows:

  1. Abrasion
  2. Cuts
  3. Tears
  4. Puncture

Grange safety gloves protect you from these dangers, and each glove features four numbers corresponding to the hazards mentioned above, indicating how protective your glove is. The higher the number, the better the glove’s performance and protection against mechanical risks.

The rating scale

Performance level 1 2 3 4 5
Abrasion cycles 100 500 2 000 8 000 N/A
Cutting index 1.2 2.5 5 10 20
Tear force 10 25 50 75 N/A
Puncture force 20 60 100 150 N/A


Abrasion resistance

A glove sample is cut from the palm of the Grange safety glove and rubbed against abrasive paper until it wears and a hole appears. This test is repeated four times, and the sample with the lowest value is chosen and used for classification.

Cut resistance

Samples are taken from the Grange safety glove’s palm and placed on a machine. A circular, rotating blade is moved back and forth on the piece until it slices through the test patch’s material. The test patch with the fewest cycles is then compared to standard reference material, and the result is recorded in the table as one of the five performance levels.

Tear resistance

Four test patches from the Grange safety glove are clamped individually between the jaws of a machine. These jaws are then separated until each sample tears. The resistance level assigned to the glove is determined by the force required to rip the material.

Puncture resistance

A standard stylus is pushed 50 mm into the Grange safety glove patch at a speed of 100 mm per minute using a compression test machine. The lowest test result is then used to determine the glove’s performance level.

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