Five Common Hazards that Require Specialised Hand Protection

helmet and safety glovesYour workplace can expose your hands to many hazards. While protective gloves can mitigate against these risks, no single glove can offer appropriate protection for every type of danger. You need to assess the work situation and choose suitable safety gloves. Here are five common types of hazards and their appropriate gloves.

Vibration from Machinery

Manufacturers of safety gloves design anti-vibration gloves to protect workers from the harmful effects of machinery vibrations. These gloves reduce the risk of developing carpal tunnel and hand-arm vibration syndromes. Some of the best anti-vibration glove materials include leather, kevlar and chloroprene polymer padding.

Heat Exposure

Aluminised gloves offer reflective and insulating protection. Leather gloves can resist moderate heat and sparks. Kevlar gloves can also protect against heat.

Chemical Hazards

Butyl rubber gloves are effective against peroxide and nitric, sulfuric and hydrochloric acids. If you’re dealing with water solutions, acids and salts, natural latex or rubber gloves are good.

You should choose neoprene gloves if there are gasoline, hydraulic fluids, organic acids and alcohols. If you need protection from chlorinated solvents, select nitrile rubber gloves.

Sharp Objects

Although cotton and fabric gloves can protect against abrasions, they may not withstand sharp materials. To reduce the chance of cuts and scrapes select leather and Kevlar gloves.

Manual Handling

If you’re carrying, pulling, pushing or lifting items, there is an extensive range of general handling gloves. These hand protection gloves, come in various materials and configurations. The gloves can provide both grip and protection during manual handling operations. Standard materials for general handling gloves include latex, nitrile coating, polyester and cotton.

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Specialist gloves can protect against many harmful substances and hazards. They can also help ensure that you as an employer comply with legal requirements. Select the appropriate specialist gloves for maximum protection and compliance.