What Do Glove ANSI Cut Ratings Mean???

Does anyone know what ANSI ratings for cut resistance means for gloves? Colorado Safety Supply has decided to break it down for you because we are kind of the authority when it comes to gloves 'round these parts. Check out out wide selection of construction safety gloves for the Denver metro area and the entire United States  

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Cut Resistant Glove Levels Explained and Which Level Is Right For The Job You Are Performing

You were told by your higher ups that a new standard has been implemented at your jobsite and you now need a different type of glove. How do you know which glove has the right level of cut resistance for you?

To solve this problem, organizations in both the US have created a system to determine what glove resistance you need to keep those money makers safe.

Knowing how to read these standardized cut resistance ratings is the best way to make sure you get the level of hand protection you need. Here’s what you need to know:  

Different Cut Resistance Levels

When trying to decided which gloves to buy, it’s helpful to understand both US and European cut resistance classification systems. Many gloves sold in the US will show both for international shipping as well.

  • In the US, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) provides cut resistance ratings for gloves. 
  • In Europe, the European Commission regulates cut resistance ratings. Their standard is called EN 388.


The American Standard: ANSI/ISEA 105

In 2016 ANSI and ISEA (International Safety Equipment Association) released a new scale with 9 levels of cut protection. The levels indicate how many grams of cutting load a glove can withstand from a sharp blade before being penetrated.

  • A1: 200 - 499 grams
  • A2: 500 - 999 grams
  • A3: 1000 - 1499 grams
  • A4: 1500 - 2199 grams
  • A5: 2200 - 2999 grams
  • A6: 3000 - 3999 grams
  • A7: 4000 - 4999 grams
  • A8: 5000 - 5999 grams
  • A9: 6000+ grams

See what we have below for the actual designations for ANSI cut rated gloves

Colorado Safety Supply Glove Cut Ratings Guide


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