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: 2016 is the European Standard governing gloves that provide protection against mechanical risks
The Standard documents all of the requirements for safety gloves, including the test methods, the marking system and the information to be supplied by work glove manufacturers.
It is generally accepted that the majority of occupational hand injuries are caused by cuts and abrasions, with most of the more serious injuries due to cuts. The EN 388: 2016 Standard requires gloves to be scored on a scale of 1 to 5 for blade cut resistance and 1 to 4 for abrasion resistance, tear resistance and puncture resistance. The EN388 gloves test results will vary according to the fibres, materials, stitching and coating used to make a particular glove.

All work gloves which are tested for cut resistance using the coup blade method, which blunts the blade during the EN388 glove standard test, are also required to undergo additional testing using the EN ISO 13997 cut method. Currently there are 6 cut levels defined on the ISO cut method, ranging from A - F, and represent the minimum force required to cut the sample material at a measured length of 20mm. The EN388 glove standard result is measured in Newtons and grams.

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
EN 388: 2016 is the European Standard governing work gloves that provide hand protection against mechanical risks. 

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 Difference

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.