ANSI Cut Resistance Chart: Find Your Perfect Cut-Resistant Gloves

ANSI Cut Resistance Chart: Find Your Perfect Cut-Resistant Gloves

In workplaces with sharp objects or machinery, the risk of cuts and lacerations is a constant concern. This is where cut-resistant gloves come in, offering a crucial layer of protection for your hands.

Let’s dive into the world of ANSI cut-resistant gloves, explaining the different levels of protection available, factors that can affect their performance, and how to choose the right gloves for your specific needs.

The ANSI Rating System

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has established a standardized rating system for cut-resistant gloves. This system, designated as ANSI/ISEA 105-2016, categorizes gloves based on their performance in a specific test method. 

Imagine a standardized blade drawn across the material at a controlled force, with the number of cycles it takes to complete a full cut being measured. The higher the number of cycles needed for a cut, the greater the cut resistance of the glove.

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ANSI Cut Level Chart (Simplified):



Typical Applications


Low cut resistance

Food prep, light assembly


Moderate cut resistance

Metal stamping, sheet metal handling


High cut resistance

Glass handling, chainsaw use (with proper chainsaw chaps)

Remember: While ANSI cut levels provide a valuable benchmark, it’s essential to consider them as a test result, not an absolute guarantee of protection.

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Modifications to the ANSI Standard

It’s important to note that a new ANSI standard for cut resistance, ANSI/ISEA 105-202X, is currently under development. This updated standard might introduce some changes, including a revised test method and potentially new cut-level designations.

However, the core principles of cut resistance protection are likely to remain similar.

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What Are the Factors Affecting Cut Resistance?

Several factors can influence the effectiveness of cut-resistant gloves:

  • Material: Different materials offer varying degrees of cut resistance. Kevlar®, Dyneema®, and high-performance UHMWPE (Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene) are commonly used for their excellent cut-proof properties.
  • Liner Construction: The way the glove is constructed can also impact its cut resistance. Knitted liners offer flexibility, while woven liners provide more durability. Ansell considers both comfort and protection when designing their gloves, ensuring a balance between cut resistance and dexterity.
  • Thickness: Generally, thicker gloves tend to offer higher cut resistance. However, thicker gloves can also be less comfortable and reduce dexterity.
  • Maintenance: Cut-resistant gloves can lose their effectiveness over time due to wear and tear. Proper cleaning and inspection are crucial to maintain optimal protection.

Choosing the Right Glove for You

Selecting the right ANSI cut-level glove depends on the specific hazards you encounter in your workplace. Here are some key questions to consider:

  • What sharp objects will I be handling? The type of blade (straight, serrated) and the material it’s made from (metal, glass) can influence the cut risk.
  • What is the severity of potential cuts? Minor nicks or deep lacerations?
  • Dexterity vs. Protection: Thicker gloves offer more protection but may limit dexterity. Consider the tasks you perform at all times.
  • Comfort for Extended Wear: Breathability and fit are essential for long shifts.

By understanding the ANSI cut level system, the factors affecting cut resistance, and your specific work environment, you can make an informed decision.