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ANSI/ISEA 138, American national standard for performance for performance and classification for impact resistant hand protection, has been published to improve on the impact performance of industrial gloves.

The voluntary standard, which is an industry first, will assess the performance of gloves that are designed to reduce the risk of back-of-hand (dorsal) injures.

For many years, there have been standards in the US and Europe for industrial gloves that protect from cuts, punctures abrasion and chemical exposure. However, until recently, there was nothing to address the risk from impact injuries in North America.

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In response to this significant standards gap, the main manufacturers – together with materials expert D3O – have worked with the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) to establish testing, classification and labelling requirements for products that offer dorsal impact protection.

The new ANSI/ISEA 138 standard:

  • defines the test method
  • includes three defined performance levels
  • specifies a pictogram mark for each of the levels for compliant gloves
  • requires products be tested in a laboratory with a certificate of accreditation meeting the requirements ISO/IEC 17025:2017, General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories

Preparing your business

To help businesses understand how ANSI/ISEA 138 works, D3O has commissioned a white paper featuring contributions from the ISEA and the glove manufacturers involved in its production:

Rodney Taylor, D3O’s Global Sales and Marketing Manager for Industrial PPE, said: “The performance levels outlined in ANSI/ISEA 138 have been designed to be simple to understand, making it easier for people to select the right gloves for the right job.

“The new standard will be a real asset in helping US businesses protect workers from impact injuries. It’s something we’re passionate about at D3O and we’re delighted to have been involved.”