ANSI/ISEA 138 Impact Resistance Testing

ANSI 105 points to ANSI/ISEA 138 Impact Resistance Testing standard for gloves.

The classification is achieved by  dropping a ‘drop striker’ (a falling mass) on the impact points of the glove, recording the force transferred in kilonewtons (kN). This test is repeated eight times for the knuckles and ten times for the fingers. Gloves are classified based on all the test results and the mean. To classify as an ANSI/ISEA 138 level 1, 2, or 3, the mean and all test results must be within the classification parameters.

Labeling of Impact-Resistant Gloves

All gloves claiming a performance level under ANSI/ISEA 138 must have an ANSI/ISEA 138 pictogram displaying the level of protection offered by the glove on the glove itself or a label that is permanently attached to the glove. The pictogram marking must be visible and legible throughout the normal useful life of the glove.

All testing for Impact resistance must be performed by a third-party ISO 17025 accredited lab.

The importance of this standard is illustrated in the ISEA statement that hand injuries rank “high among all injury types, with an average total cost per incident of more than $22,000 .”

ArcWear offers this testing as part of our ANSI/ISEA 105 Glove Classification Test Services or as a stand alone test.

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