EN388:2016 Standard – What is the cut resistance test method?

With the introduction of a new cut test method in 2016 – the EN ISO 13997 or TDM-100 test method – hand protection now complies with the most rigorous assessment procedures. Here’s what you need to know about how your gloves were rated in the past and why this process is more stringent and reliable:


– The so-called “Coupe test” implied repeated cycles using the same blade.

– Cut levels ranged from 1 to 5.

– Steel, glass fibre, and abrasive surfaces could have caused dullness of the blades.

– Less accurate results for higher levels of cut protection.


– In the new TDM-100 Test, each blade is used only once.

– The performance levels range from A to F, depending on the cut resistance, and measuring the force required to cut the specimen.

– The issue of blunting and dull blades is eliminated.

– Increased accuracy results, no matter how high the levels of cut protection are (including gloves with abrasive fibres).

Watch a video about the different test methods here:

Example of the new glove marking:

The chart below shows the EN388:2016 performance rating together with Honeywell’s Check&Go concept colour coding marking to help visual recognition.

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