How to Choose the Right Industrial Safety GlovesIt is easy to understand the need to wear protective gloves in certain workplace environments. Keeping your hands free from possible injury is an important aspect of many industrial settings. But, how do you choose the right gloves for the right job?
We've put together a guide to help you get the most for your money when buying industrial safety gloves, no matter what your job requires.
How to Begin Looking for the Right Protective GloveFirstly. have a little think about the hazards and the amount of protection required. You may need protection from any of the following:
The best way to protect your hands is to choose a glove that conforms to all the relevant European Standards. A reputable safety glove supplier will be able to provide data sheets that detail how well their gloves perform. Click here to see our full range of Safety Gloves, Safety Footwear & PPE Workwear Data Sheets Do you need top of the range gloves like the HexArmor Hercules NSR 3041 Gloves or if you're just doing day-to-day activities, is there something more suitable for you?
- Heat, flame and cold temperatures
- Tearing, cuts, punctures and abrasions
- Chemicals, liquids and acids
- Vibration, impact and shock
What do you need the Work Gloves For?Before buying grip gloves, heat or cut-resistant gloves it is worth considering a few other factors that could affect your final choice that revolve around the task to be performed, the frequency and duration of the task, for instance:
- How long will the gloves be worn for? Comfort becomes an increasingly important factor the longer the glove is worn. Hands can sweat inside gloves making them uncomfortable to wear, so ensure staff regularly remove gloves let their hands breath. To help, some suppliers provide liner gloves to wear under the safety gloves to help absorb sweat.
- Remember: the thicker the glove, the better the protection - the thinner the glove, the better the dexterity
- A textured glove will affect handling - gloves with a rough or textured surface offer a better grip than those without .
- Gloves should fit comfortably. Hands can feel tired and lose their grip if gloves are too tight. Furthermore, gloves that are too big for your hands can be uncomfortable and the extra folds of material could affect ability to work effectively.
- When working in environments that operate outside of typical room temperatures a more suitable glove will be required. Whilst leather gloves offer some protection from the cold they are not so effective when wet. Specific cold weather gloves and cold grip gloves are a better choice for working in wet and cold temperatures whilst breathable gloves suit warmer conditions.
Coming to a DecisionOnce you have considered all the factors mentioned in this article you'll have a better picture of which safety gloves are more suited to your industry and your specific requirements. Making an informed decision at this stage and purchasing the correct gloves will save you time and money in the long run. It will also ensure that staff members wearing the gloves are completely safe performing the tasks at hand and remain as comfortable as possible throughout.
For further help and guidance about industrial safety gloves or other ppe supply queries, just give us a call! The Wray Bros customer service team is always happy to help. We've got the knowledge, expertise and the quality products to help you in any given situation you may be facing.
Further Reading: Safety Gloves, Safety Footwear & Workwear Data Sheets