New Standard for Police Gloves
Coming soon there will be a new ASTM standard for Law Enforcement Gloves. This new standard has been in development over the last few years and is designed to meet the specific needs of law enforcement and correctional officer personnel. The tests, threats, and ratings included in this standard were developed based on direct feedback from the law enforcement community via surveys, testimonials, and trials. Officers will soon have a better standard to use when evaluating and selecting protective gloves.
In general this new ASTM standard for LE gloves is filling a much needed void. Past NIJ standards did not test or rate for common concerns of police officers such as needlestick protection and EN388 and ANSI standards are catered more for industrial safety gloves. There has been a need for a specific standard for a few years. The new standard is going to include the following:
- 28 gauge needle stick protection
- Cut Resistance
Importance of Hypodermic Needle Protection
One of the key features of this standard is the inclusion of a 28 gauge needle rating. The threat and chances of law enforcement being stuck by a needle during a search or pat-down is very real. According to a study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, only one in 50,000 US officers is killed by a firearm, but one in three will suffer a needlestick injury during a pat down or other search, and 28% will suffer at least two needle sticks during their careers. One of the major concerns and feedback from the law enforcement community was being protected against hypodermic needles as these needles can carry viruses which can change someone’s life and livelihood. The test focuses on protection against 28 gauge needles as they are the most common size needle used by drug abusers injecting illegal substances. The ASTM standard will have 3 levels for rating police gloves for performance against 28 gauge needles. This follows the ASTM F2878 test and the levels are the following:
Low- >100 grams of force
Moderate- >200 grams of force
High- >400 grams of force
The risks associated with a needle stick are very scary and dangerous. TurtleSkin prides itself on providing reliable protection for the Law Enforcement community. The dangers and risks police officers face today is increasing, so having the appropriate protection and gear is critical. Our TurtleSkin Gloves also provide peace of mind to police and corrections officers that they have some protection against sharps. Here are some great solutions that offer the combination of hypodermic needle resistance and high dexterity:
The new standard will also include a puncture rating. This rating is based off the ASTM F 1342 puncture test which uses a thinner and sharper probe compared to the EN388 test. The ASTM F 1342 is the same test used for the old NIJ puncture standards for gloves. This test allows consumers to evaluate and compare how their police gloves are going to protect against bigger puncture threats. The test rates gloves protection levels based on the following:
Low- >30 Newtons
Moderate- >60 Newtons
High- >100 Newtons
Cut resistance is another important feature that police and correction officers pay attention to when selecting gloves. It is important to have protection against blades and other sharp threats as you never know what you’ll come across when searching a suspect. The new LE glove standard will use ASTM F 2992 straight blade test, same test used for for the ANSI glove standards. The gloves are rated to the levels below:
Low >500 grams of force
Moderate >1000 grams of force
High >2200 grams of force
Abrasion & Tear
The standard also includes tests to evaluate abrasion and tear performance. These tests provide a good indicator of how the police gloves handle overall “wear and tear”. The abrasion test is based on ASTM D 3884 and gloves not made from elastomeric materials will be tested using the EN388 method for tear. Gloves made of rubber and other elastomers will be tested for tear using the ASTM D 2585 test. Both tests will have the following levels:
Low- >500 cycles
Moderate- > 1,000 cycles
High- > 3,000 cycles
Low- >25 Newtons
Moderate- >50 Newtons
High- > 100 Newtons
How it helps you:
This new ASTM police and correctional officer glove standard is long overdue for law enforcement and corrections. We feel one of the most important features is the inclusion of hypodermic needle protection. Hypodermic needles are a major concern and threat for all law enforcement and correctional officers. The other tests in this standard are also key for law enforcement to have an idea on the gloves performance against large sharp edge threats. The abrasion and tear are good indicators on the durability of the gloves and how well they hold up.
Overall, having a rating system specifically catered to the threats faced by the law enforcement community is a great addition that we look forward to implementing on the Turtleskin LE glove line.
If you have any questions regarding the new standard or just general questions on TurtleSkin Law Enforcement Gloves please do not hesitate to contact us.