The Hand Protection Specialists
Traffi are the hand protection specialists. We are the industry-leading provider of cut resistant work gloves.
We are the originators of the colour coded safety glove system. The system is an innovative and easy way to ensure your workforce is wearing an appropriate level of protection for the task in hand. It has been replicated all over the world. The traffic light colour coding (RED, AMBER, GREEN) relates to the safety glove performance, measured against the EN388 test for cut resistance.
We supply a range of products for different tasks and sectors. Our safety gloves are used by some of the biggest companies in the industries. From Balfour Beatty to Network Rail, we're proud to be keeping their workers' hands safe.
We're also an affiliate of the British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF) and their coveted Registered Safety Supplier Scheme (RSSS). This means you can have total peace of mind that all the products we supply to you are fully compliant with relevant legislation and standards.
EN 388 GLOVES COMPLIANCE
All Traffi gloves are subjected to EN 388 glove testing in UKAS approved and registered laboratories and the performance results for each test are shown under the EN388 glove standard logo printed on the top side of each glove.
You can learn more about EN388 glove standard by downloading our guide today.
EN388 vs ANSI
ANSI/ISEA stands for American National Standards Institute / International Safety Equipment Association. This is a US Standard only and not a government regulation, which uses a mix of ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) and EN (European Norm) methods.
With the introduction of the TDM cut test to the EN388:2016 revised glove standard, ANSI Vs EN388 have become much closer aligned.
The EN388 glove standard now consists of two cut resistant values, using two different work gloves testing methods. The first is the Coupe Test using a circular blade that moves back and forth under 5N contact force until it cuts through the material. The blade cut resistance is stated on a 0-5 scale based on the number of rotations it takes to cut through the sample, using a standard canvas control material before and after to take the sharpness of the blade into consideration.
TDM cut test: How it works
This work glove cut test determines the resistance of a safety glove by applying the sample fabric from the palm with great force in a single movement.
To this end, a sharp-edged blade is dragged over the sample fabric once. This allows the accurate calculation of the minimum force required to cut the sample material at a thickness of 20mm.
The test works exactly the same for both safety glove standards but it’s the way they’re measured that differs. While the A1-A9 scale is comparable to the EN388 A-F levels, ANSI/ISEA extends their scale by three levels to 6000 grams to report high cut materials more accurately.