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Revision of EN 388


This standard is applicable to gloves that protect against mechanical risks, including abrasion, cuts, tears and punctures. The need to revise the standard arose due to the fact that the cut resistance test (Couptest) did not correctly classify gloves with a high level of protection.


Cut resistance

Currently, the Couptest is the method for evaluating the cut resistance of gloves. This method measures the number of cycles (forward and backward) required to cut a specimen at low pressure (5N/approx. 500g).


The Couptest method has become the most reliable method due to improved blade control. If the material of the glove dulls the blade, then the standard
the proof test becomes EN ISO 13997. The fifth digit under the pictogram is created to indicate the level of the cut according to the ISO 13997 test.
If dulling of the blade does not occur, the Couptest remains the standard proof test; however, the quality level can be stated in accordance with ISO 13997. MAPA Professionnel already uses the most appropriate test to describe the characteristics and features of high cut resistance gloves, namely ISO 13997.

Friction resistance


The abrasion resistance test is carried out using a quality abrasive paper (Klingspor grit PL31B180), which has a more reliable quality than the paper used in the past.

Impact protection

The new test according to EN 13594:2015 allows for higher impact protection. If the glove passes the test, the letter "P" is added to the five characters below the pictogram.



Note: The letter X means that the test has not been performed or is not applicable.

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