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Cut & Puncture Resistant Gloves

Many workers are exposed to sharp tools and waste on a regular basis. This creates a hazardous working environment unless proper protective equipment is used. We supply a wide range of cut-resistant gloves, making it easier for you to find the right products to keep employees safe. Take a look at our selection of cut and puncture resistant gloves and for further information use our buyers guide.

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Importance Of Cut Proof Gloves And Puncture Proof Gloves



For anyone working with tools, machinery, medical needles and kitchen implements, gloves can go some way to protecting the hands from cuts and abrasions. However, these occupations put gloves through a considerable amount of wear and tear that could damage the gloves, lessening their protection. Provide your workers with cut and puncture resistant gloves that have increased resistance to sharp tools. The chances of injury are reduced, and as the gloves will not need replacing so frequently, they make a cost-effective option.

Cut Proof Gloves And Puncture Proof Gloves Buying Guide



All our gloves are designed to be comfortable to wear and to give complete protection without inhibiting the wearer’s dexterity.

Cut-resistant gloves and puncture-resistant gloves come in three main types:

1) Metal mesh gloves – These are built with stainless steel and are perfect for food-related procedures.

2) Cut and sewn gloves – Full or palm lining are constructed with pieces of cut-resistant materials, which are sewn together.

3) Seamless knitted gloves – Made from durable materials, such as high-performance polyethylene, para-aramid fibres such as Kevlar, steel fibre, and fibreglass yarns, they are knitted in one piece on a 10- or 13-gauge flat knitting machine and coated with solid or foamed polyurethane, latex or nitrile.

Resistance To Puncturing



Our gloves will meet or surpass EN 388 standards, with a number from 1-4 which represents puncture resistance (20, 60, 100 or 150 newtons of force).

Resistance To Blade Cuts



They'll also have a similar EN 388 rating for blade resistance, the 1-5 rating represents the cycles at a constant speed required to cut through (1.2, 2.5, 5, 10 or 20).

Complimentary Properties



Many of the gloves will offer some resistance against heat, and we also have food gloves that will help maintain hygiene in food handling environments, while still protecting the hands from knives and peelers. For mechanical work where the presence of oil and grease is likely to cause a hazard, we have rubber-coated gloves, while metallic mesh cut gloves provide very high resistance to cuts. If you have any queries on which cut and puncture resistant gloves are best for your workplace, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Areas where tools, knives, medical implements and machinery are used need a careful safety strategy to ensure everyone working there understands how to keep themselves safe. You can use our hand protection signs to remind everyone using those tools and machinery that they must wear cut and puncture resistant gloves.

Taking care of your staff by providing cut and puncture resistant gloves and other protective gear is good workplace management. Employees who know they are well protected can focus on their tasks without distraction, thereby increasing their efficiency. With puncture resistant gloves proving to be an effective measure to protect the hands from cuts, abrasions and needle injuries, purchasing them is an important step you can take to increase workplace safety

Choosing Cut and Puncture Resistant Gloves

As we have mentioned above, all cut resistant gloves and puncture resistant gloves need to meet EN 388 standards. This European standard assesses the performance of products where a particular fabric aswell as layers and combinations of fabric, need to resist cutting and puncturing hazards, as well as abrasions or heavy rubbing. There are separate tests for each of these hazards, and therefore separate performance levels are awarded according to the result of each test.

Once a glove has been approved to the EN 388 standard, the results of the tests are represented by four numbers, always in the same order. These numbers, in order, indicate the gloves’ performance in these four areas:

  • Abrasion resistance

  • Blade cut resistance

  • Tear resistance

  • Puncture resistance


The performance levels range from 1 to 5, with 1 representing a relatively low resistance, and 5 a high level of resistance. Furthermore, the level of resistance is not evenly distributed across the performance levels, so you might be excused for thinking that a level 5 glove is five times stronger than a level 1, but that is simply not the case. In fact, the increase in performance to advance from a level 4 to a level 5 is eight times more than that needed to go from level 1 to level 2. It should also be noted that only the blade cut resistance test actually awards a performance of level 5. Therefore, a glove marked 4544 is one of the most resistant gloves on the market.

When choosing protective gloves for your workforce, it is important to do a proper risk assessment and look at all the potential hazards they are exposed to. This will enable you to assess the type of gloves you need, considering not only overall quality but also resistance to the particular hazards your employees deal with.

Why Are Cut Resistant Gloves Important?

According to ISB Group, the hand is the most commonly injured body part in workplace injuries, with more than 30% of companies reporting 10 or more hand injuries a year and 12% of companies reporting more than 30 hand injuries a year. 40% of those hand injuries were punctures or cuts, and it is estimated that 70% of hand injuries were a result of workers not wearing the correct protective gloves.

Ensuring That Employees Wear Their Cut Resistant Gloves

Given the statistics above, it is vital that employees are trained in the importance of cut and puncture resistant gloves and other Personal Protective Clothing if they are working with relevant hazards. Employees should be trained in the proper use of protective gloves, which gloves are suitable for which tasks, and the importance of always taking the time to put gloves on before dealing with hazards in the workplace.

You may find that safety signs installed in strategic places around your workplace, and outside work sites, can be a useful way to remind employees to use their safety gloves and other safety equipment. As an added precaution, always have relevant first aid supplies available in any areas where employees are at risk of hand injuries, or any other injury.

Who Needs Cut Resistant Gloves?

Your employees may need cut resistant gloves if they work with blades, glass, metal, sharp rubble, automotive and other mechanical parts, or basically any sharp objects that may result in them cutting or damaging their hands. Puncture resistant gloves are needed by workers who are exposed to very sharp items which include; nails , screws and hypodermic needles. Remember that if your employees for example, handle rubble that may contain sharp edges , old rusty nails, both cut resistance and puncture resistance are vital.

Best Cut and Puncture Resistant Gloves to Buy UK

The type of protective gloves you need will depend on your workplace and the activities your employees are involved in, but here are a few of our popular cut proof gloves:

  • Honeywell Dumocut 658 Cut Resistant Gloves – These highly affordable, cut resistant gloves are flexible to allow the wearer dexterity with a long cuff to help protect forearms, and a moisture-repellent coating to provide enhanced grip in wet and greasy conditions.


  • Polyco® SharpsMaster HV 7082 Puncture-Resistant Gloves – These puncture resistant gloves provide the highest level of needlestick resistance available, while also protecting against abrasions and cuts. Ideal for use in waste management, animal handling, medical/dental settings and emergency services.




Here at Seton, we have a wide range of puncture and cut resistant gloves to suit a variety of needs. If you have any questions, feel free to call us and ask our friendly experts for advice.

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