ANSI Revises Standard for Hand Protection Classification

The American National Standards Institute has announced revisions to ANSI/ISEA 105 American National Standard for Hand Protection Classification, offering practical advice on glove and hand protection selection.

OSHA CFR 29 1910 doesn’t reference any standard for design or performance of gloves, but requires among other things, that hand protection is evaluated based on the nature of the risk and the performance of the hand protection in relation to the task.

The standard requires that employers provide appropriate PPE and train employees in their use. It also calls for periodic retraining and specifies that PPE must fit properly.

ANSI/ISEA 105-2016 explains glove performance data and the results to be expected when testing. It lists classifications to assist employers and product users in the appropriate specification and selection of gloves for specific workplace exposures.

ANSI/ISEA 105 provides or refers to test methods and pass/fail criteria needed to evaluate the suitability of hand protection for a given task.