STANDARD EN 388 - Mechanical

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> Standard EN 388 : 2016

This standard applies to gloves protecting against mechanical risks, including abrasion, cut, tear and puncture. It was necessary to revise the standard as the cut resistance test (Couptest) did not allow the performance of high resistance gloves to be qualified correctly.


The changes

Cut resistance


The method for assessing cut resistance of glove is currrently the Couptest. Method which measures the number of cycles (forwards and backwards) to cut a sample with a low pressure (5N /approximately 500g).


The Couptest method has been made more reliable with improved control of the blade. If the glove material dulls the blade, then the reference test becomes EN ISO 13997. A fifth digit under the pictogram is created to indicate the cut level according to the ISO 13997 test. If there is no dulling on the blade, the Couptest test remains the reference test; however the level of performance according to the ISO 13997 test may be reported. MAPA Professionnel was already using a more suitable test for characterising gloves with a high resistance to cut, the ISO13997 test.

Abrasion resistance

The abrasion test is done with a new abrasive paper (Klingspor PL31B 180 grit), which is a more reliable quality paper than the one used previously.


Grade F2 100 grit


PL31B 180 grit

Protection against impacts

New test according to EN 13594: 2015 standard which allows protection against impacts to be claimed. If the glove
passes the test, the letter «P» is added after the five digits under the pictogram.



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