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Companies tell us all the time that they are constantly reminding their guys to wear eye protection, earplugs, or hard hats. We don’t often hear the same thing about safety work gloves. For the most part, crew members are pretty good about wearing hand protection, but only when it’s not a hassle.
And that’s the issue. Sometimes companies outfit their crew with gloves that are too bulky, don’t have the right features, are too thin, don’t provide the right protection, and workers have to keep taking them on and off to get through the day. Eventually, they just stop putting them on altogether. So, a crew of workers that were once fine with wearing hand protection are now avoiding it.
This is an easy problem to avoid. Just get the gloves that are right for the job. When picking safety gloves, you need to consider what needs should be met, what options are available, and what factors are involved.
Let’s break this down.
4 Reasons You Need to Wear Safety Work Gloves
There can be any combination of reasons your workers need work gloves, and not all of the one’s on our list will apply to your situation. Assess the hazards your crew faces, make a list, and when shopping for gloves, make sure your options check the right boxes. Here are four examples.
We’re starting with the obvious one here. When you add a thick layer of fabric or any other material over your hands in the form of a good pair of work gloves, you protect them in many ways. Gloves can protect your hands from hazards, from electric shocks to strong chemicals. They also let you touch, push and pull hot objects without experiencing a burn.
The correct safety work gloves also protect the wearer’s hands from cuts and lacerations when handling sharp and dangerous objects found in construction or industrial applications. Safety work gloves are available with padding on the back to minimize the impact of objects falling on your hands.
Most of the top-quality safety work gloves also provide added grip to your fingers and palms for holding and moving heavy and slippery objects.
There are many different ways that a manufacturer can create a grip work glove. One of the most popular is palm coating. Palm coating comes in various options, from economical polyurethane to sophisticated foam nitrile coated. Each coating is good for different applications. Apart from the coating material, palm-coated gloves can be textured from a smooth palm grip to a crinkle grip to give you extra grabbing power in wet conditions.
In many cases, wearing safety gloves is part of workplace compliance. Not wearing them can lead to penalties for workers as well as employers.
A top-of-the-line pair of gloves provide temperature insulation that comes useful while working in extreme weather conditions. In winter, they protect your hands from frostbite and other cold-weather hazards. There are also gloves available that protect the wearer’s hands against hot objects. Welders and foundry workers use these.
Top Materials for Safety Work Gloves
Materials matter. Using the wrong material glove for a job can be very dangerous. The idea that you’ll be okay as long as something is covering your hands will lead you down a road of complicated problems.
This doesn’t just apply to gloves. Fire-resistant PPE is a good example. Let’s say a worker gets caught in a spray of sparks. Without fire-resistant PPE, the worker could get burned by sparks, and the worker’s clothing and anything else they are wearing could ignite, and the worker could then experience even more severe burns from the burning clothes.
With fire-resistant PPE, the worker could still be burned by the initial sparks, but would probably avoid the more severe burns caused by ignited clothes or gear.
That’s the thought process you need to bring to your glove buying decision. Will the material these gloves are made of suppressor fuel our worksite hazards?
Leather has been in use for making safety work gloves for hundreds of years. The most popular leather work gloves are cowhide, goatskin, and pigskin, while deerskin is used to make premium gloves. Leather offers excellent abrasion resistance but makes it safe to handle rough objects. Leather’s natural heat-resistant qualities make it a great option to protect against sparks and hot chips of metal. We should mention that leather is a natural material and is available in different grades and qualities, and more economical leather gloves may contain flaws.
Rubber gloves need to be regularly inspected to detect peeling, cuts, or cracks that would compromise their effectiveness. Flock-lined or dipped rubber gloves are waterproof and have excellent flexibility and dexterity. These gloves are often specialized and created for specific chemical handling and electrical protection tasks.
PVC, polyester, and nylon are some of the synthetic materials used in making work gloves. These materials provide the required protection with decent flexibility at a competitive price.
Top Factors to Consider for Buying the Best Safety Work Gloves
Besides the right size selection, these are some factors you need to consider when choosing the best safety work gloves.
Okay, let’s cut right to it. You’re worried about the price. Everything we’ve talked about sounds expensive. Depending on the hazards you are facing, hand protection can become expensive, but it almost always costs less in the long run. An excerpt about wealth from Men at Arms by Terry Pratchett applies here;
“Take boots, for example. He earned $38 a month plus allowances. A really good pair of leather boots cost $50. But an affordable pair of boots, which were sort of okay for a season or two and then leaked like hell when the cardboard gave out, cost about $10.
Those were the kind of boots Vimes always bought, and wore until the soles were so thin that he could tell where he was in Ankh-Morpork on a foggy night by the feel of the cobbles.
But the thing was that good boots lasted for years and years. A man who could afford $50 had a pair of boots that’d still be keeping his feet dry in 10 years’ time, while the poor man who could only afford cheap boots would have spent a hundred dollars on boots in the same time and would still have wet feet.”
This is the whole idea behind what we are trying to say in this article. Making an informed decision now and investing in it will yield safer and more cost-effective results.
If you are picking work gloves for a worksite where the temperature usually remains high, you should go with gloves made of breathable material. This will help keep your hands cool. If you are working in winter conditions, make sure you purchase thermal lined gloves to help prevent frostbite.
Cut Resistance Level
The cut protection is achieved by blending high-performance fibers with steel and/or fiberglass. Some job sites specify certain cut resistance levels for specific tasks. Others mandate a certain cut-resistance level across the jobsite irrespective of the task.
The U.S. and Europe have different cut-resistant standards. This has become a big topic of confusion for many people, and it’s an important topic to understand, considering that cut hazards are one of the top worksite threats.
We put together an entire article explaining what the different levels are for cut-resistant gloves.
If your work involves a lot of palm and finger movement, you should opt for gloves that are protective but soft and flexible enough to provide the needed dexterity. Knitted gloves offer the best dexterity, and as technology advances, cut-rated gloves are becoming more and more dexterous.
If you research gloves on our website, you can also find purpose-built work safety gloves. By picking a pair based on its purpose, you do not have to stress over other features. These are some of the purpose-built work safety gloves that you can find:
- Electrically insulated gloves
- Cut-resistant gloves
- Chemical-resistant gloves
- Welding gloves
- Anti-vibration gloves
- Cold weather gloves
- Heat-resistant gloves
- Impact-resistant gloves
Ordering Safety Gloves for Construction
If you are just looking to get a nice pair of work gloves that you can throw on whenever you need them and can keep on all day, check out our NX13 gloves. These PU palm-coated, nylon shell gloves, have become our most popular work gloves, and we have them in a crinkle grip palm as well.
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