The wait is over – the new ANSI/ISEA 138 Impact Standard has officially been published! It’s no secret that hand injuries are some of the most common among jobsites, but they are also some of the most preventable – and thanks to this new impact protection standard, hand injuries will be more preventable than ever. Here’s what you need to know about ANSI/ISEA 138.

Raising the Standard

Until now, the ANSI/ISEA 105:2016 hand protection standard covered cut, abrasion, tear, and puncture performance ratings, but there was no U.S.-based standard to help measure impact performance. This gave glove manufacturers free reign on glove claims when it came to the protective nature of their impact technology, which made it very difficult for safety managers to choose proper impact protection. It also created confusion in the market as to what was protective enough for certain applications, and what was not.

As a member of the ISEA board and their hand protection sub-committee group, HexArmor® has been working closely with the ISEA and other leading glove manufacturers to develop and implement this new ANSI/ISEA impact standard. In an industry first, the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) has developed a new voluntary standard: ANSI/ISEA 138, American national standard for performance and classification for impact resistant hand protection.

What will the new impact standard do?

Published February 27, 2019, the new ISEA 138 standard establishes the minimum performance, classification and labeling requirements for gloves that are designed to protect the knuckles and fingers from impacts. This will help safety professionals make better-informed decisions about glove selection – ultimately keeping more people safe on the job.

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