Protect Yourself: Updated  
Safety Glove Cut Standards  
ersonal protective equipment ous gaps in cut levels.  
could now be anywhere from A4 to A9.  
The updated North American stan-  
safety in the glass and glazing standard must now be done with one dard is also a step closer to establishing  
industry, particularly when it comes to device, the Tomodynamometer (also more uniform requirements world-  
cut resistance. In 2016, the American called the TDM), which will eliminate wide.The test method and machine re-  
National Standards Institute (ANSI) variable data across multiple ma- quired in the ANSI/ISEA version is now  
and International Safety Equipment chines. The new standard also changes the same as what is used in the EN 388  
PPE) is a crucial aspect of  
Testing under the North American  
Association (ISEA) released new cut the scale of cut-resistance levels.  
standard, which is applied in Europe  
“The old scale was based on multi- and other parts of the world.  
Goddard said that while he doesn’t  
standards for safety gloves, a key piece  
of PPE for the glass industry.  
ple test methods and only five levels of  
Eric Goddard, technical service cut resistance,”said Goddard. The new expect a single uniform standard to  
engineer at DSM Dyneema, led a we- version, he said,“brings more clarity,” come out anytime soon, “this is a big  
binar about what the updates mean. as it has nine levels: A1 through A9. step forward.”  
He explained that the new standards During a question-and-answer seg-  
A key difference between the ASTM/  
were developed in part to consolidate ment later in the presentation, he said ISEA and EN standards, however, is  
testing methods and eliminate previ- a glove that was previously rated A5 enforcement. Because of that, manu-  
facturers and contractors in the glass  
and glazing industry should be diligent  
about confirming their PPE equipment  
meets certain testing criteria.  
Crystal Window Faces OSHA Fines  
“In the U.S. and North American  
market, there’s not as much regulation  
on how you label or mark a product,  
when compared to Europe,”he said.“In  
the U.S., there is no regulating body.  
So one of the key things I suggest to  
an end user, glove company or safety  
professional is to ask the company  
trying to sell you the product, or the  
company you’re competing against,  
what the cut level is. I want to see that  
A1, A2, A3 on the back of the glove or  
in the documentation that comes with  
it. That’s how to know they’re using the  
new standard, and what machine or  
method is being used.”  
Goddard was also asked how wash-  
ing a glove can affect cut resistance and  
therefore the level it meets.  
“There’s really no straightforward  
answer,” he said. “A lot of gloves will  
shrink, and shrinking makes that  
area bulkier and thicker, so if you go  
back and test it, it may have a higher  
resistance.” n  
rystal Window & Door Systems is facing $74,826 in proposed fines  
from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health  
Administration (OSHA) for nine safety violations at its facility in Dalton,  
Pa. Eight of those violations are listed as serious.  
According to OSHA, an inspection began at the facility, after a complaint  
alleging that an amputation was not reported to the agency.  
In January 2016, an employee of this company suffered a finger amputa-  
tion on his first day of work. Since then, Crystal Window & Door Systems has  
not taken the necessary actions to correct the safety hazards that caused  
the amputation,” said Mark Stelmack, director of OSHA’s Wilkes-Barre Area  
Inspectors cited Crystal for serious violations involving a lack of an estab-  
lished energy control program; powered industrial trucks (forklifts) operated  
by employees without proper training; unguarded machinery; a mechanical  
power press operated without a single-stroke mechanism, which prevents  
worker exposure to amputation hazards and other injuries; mechanical power  
presses not periodically and regularly inspected and tested; and damaged  
electrical equipment.  
The other-than-serious violation was due to the lack of a written hazard  
communication program.  
Most of these issues were abated within a few days of the inspection in  
May,” says Bob Nyman, a spokesperson for Crystal Window. “Crystal is cur-  
rently in discussions with OSHA regarding the amount of the fines.”  
USGlass, Metal & Glazing | February 2017  

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