Safety Gloves

Supplying staff with safety gloves is a great way to protect against many possible dangers. There are many risks present in the workplace that can cause injuries to a worker’s hands, depending on the specific industry and task. This can range from minor cuts and grazes through to more serious injuries, such as the loss of a finger or hand. Once all other measures have been taken to limit the number of risks present, safety gloves can give additional security for employees and allow them to conduct their work safely. The specific type of hand protection that is needed will depend on the individual threats and the type of work that employees are engaged in. Within our range, you’ll find products from well-respected brands, including Polyco, Ansell, Honeywell and more.

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Choosing Hand Protection

The need for safety gloves



Hand protection, including chemical resistant, electricians’, welding and heat resistant, and anti-vibration gloves, are just some of the types of PPE that must be provided to workers who operate in certain hazardous environments.

Reducing the risk of hand injuries makes the workplace safer and give employees greater confidence when performing their duties. Up to 40 per cent of accidents in the workplace involve the hands to some degree, but the appropriate hand protection can significantly reduce this figure, decreasing the number of work days lost because of injuries in the process.

Different types of safety gloves


There are a variety of risks to hands in the workplace, and protective gloves are designed specially to cater for specific hazards, so it’s essential to choose a product that meets your requirements.

For instance, disposable gloves are suitable for many healthcare and catering environments and are often resistant to grease and oils. General purpose gloves are flexible and durable and are typically used by construction workers, warehouse operatives and gardeners. They can include features such as grip, insulation or protective coatings.

More specialist gloves include those designed for individual hazards, for instance, workers who operate chainsaws and require anti-vibration protection, or those in scientific environments who need protection from chemicals or heat.

Choosing the right safety gloves



To ensure that your hand protection is effective, it needs to be designed to mitigate the individual hazards faced by employees. Therefore, it’s vital to assess the risks and how these can be minimised.

You will also need to check if the worker will be operating in cold or wet conditions and if they’ll be inside or outside, as this might require the use of insulated or waterproof gloves.

The hazards that are being handled are a key consideration when selecting protective equipment, such as if it has a rough or sharp surface and if it’s a liquid that will irritate or harm the skin.

For gloves to provide maximum levels of protection, they must fit correctly, so check the individual glove sizes for each employee to ensure that they have the right glove. Above all, they should not hamper the worker when they are operating machinery or carrying out a task.

The use of safety gloves



Choosing the right type of gloves is only the first step, and employers also need to check that workers are using the product correctly. They should be trained in wearing them properly and the hazards that they protect against.

It is advisable to review how frequently the equipment is used, and gain feedback from employees on wearability, durability and practicality, to ensure that they are working as they should be.

FAQs



How do I choose the correct size?



As fit is such an important factor in the performance of protective gloves, it’s essential that all workers measure their hands and wear the appropriately sized product. This is based on the circumference of the palm, the length of the middle finger, the length of the hand and the glove’s overall length.

What options are available for workers who are allergic to latex?



Not all disposable gloves are manufactured from latex, and for those who have an allergy to this, there are alternatives available, including vinyl and nitrile gloves.

How should reusable gloves be cleaned?



To extend the life of reusable safety gloves, it’s important to ensure that they are cleaned correctly after each use. The type of substances used to clean the products will vary, so it’s vital to check the specific instructions for individual products to avoid causing any damage. For instance, some products are not resistant to chlorine, whereas others have a maximum temperature resistance that needs to be maintained.

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