How to Choose Thermal Gloves
Thermal gloves are important wherever workers are exposed to cold temperatures.
They are especially important in environments where workers are handling objects in cold conditions.
There are different kinds of cold hazards, and the type of cold protective gloves you need will depend on the type of hazards present in your workplace.
Use EN511 to Choose Thermal Gloves
EN 511 is a piece of legislation which covers thermal gloves. It shows you the type of cold hazards that the gloves protect against. Gloves which conform to EN511 will have a three letter number which shows you how the glove resists different types of hazards. Each number shows the level of resistance for a different type of hazard, and understanding these numbers will help you to choose thermal gloves. Some gloves may have an ‘x’ instead of a number - these gloves did not undergo the test required for that rating.
The first number in an EN511 rating shows you the gloves’ level of resistance to convective cold. This number will be between zero and four. Higher numbers indicate higher levels of resistance. Resistance to convective cold is especially important when workers are exposed to conditions in which the air is cold.
The second number in an EN 511 rating indicates the gloves resistance level to contact cold. This number will be between zero and four, with higher numbers indicating higher levels of resistance. Resistance to contact cold is important where workers are handling in cold environments, for instance in refrigerators.
The final number in the rating shows you the gloves ability to resist water. This number will be between zero and one. This rating simply shows whether water was able to penetrate the glove within 5 minutes. A good water resistance rating is important if workers are likely to be exposed to wet conditions. Gloves such as the Ergodyne Outdry gloves help to keep hands warm and dry.
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