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With multiple rating scales, a variety of acceptable or certified standards and differing testing methods, you may be somewhat overwhelmed when selecting a cut resistant glove. The U.S. uses the ANSI (American National Standards Institute) / ISEA 105 standard and ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) cut test methods for determining a gloves level of cut resistance. These methods deliver a rating based on the grams of weight needed to cut through a material. This weight translates to a level of 0 - 5. The more weight needed to cut through the material, the higher the level of cut resistance. Employers are responsible for performing a hazard assessment of the workplace to identify and control physical and health hazards. This includes an assessment of any work activities involving sharp points, pinch points, sheet metal handling, glass handling, razor wire work, utility knives / box cutters, puncture hazards, abrasion hazards, sharps and stripping wire. All of these activities may require cut resistant gloves.