“I am what I do with my hands,” said the French sculptor Louise Bourgeois. Not only do artists know how critical their hands are for their work, but many other professionals, perhaps less poetic, need them every day to do their job successfully and their protection depends on safety gloves.
Taking care of them and protecting them is therefore of paramount importance for any company. At this point, working gloves become the main form of protection for hands. Faced with such a wide variety of types of jobs, you may be wondering what types of safety gloves fit the best with your business.
Safety Gloves, A Fundamental PPE
“If the workplace risk assessment required by Law 31/1995 shows that the worker is exposed to a potential risk that his hands or arms may be damaged and that he can not be eliminated by technical or organizational controls, The employer must ensure that workers have adequate protection, “says Pilar Cáceres in a Technical Note of Prevention issued by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.
The classification of gloves is based on the risks to which the worker is exposed. We summarize in thisinfographic the main characteristics of these EPIS:
Main Types Of Safety Gloves To Work With:
1. Latex Gloves:
This material is widely used in the textile world for its great elasticity and firmness. The latex gloves have very good adaptability, being also resistant in parallel to its thickness. Its antibacterial and antifungal character make it perfect for use in the health, chemical and cleaning areas. Material with natural origin.
In fact, typical cleaning gloves are also made of latex for its antibacterial properties:
On the other hand, at a higher level in terms of protection, there are safety gloves designed for use inindustrial environments. They usually have the palm coated latex, which gives them outstandingergonomics and improves adhesion. An example of this are these Velilla brand gloves:
2. Nitrile Gloves
The nitrile is a synthetic fiber that is commonly used as an alternative to the latex, because their properties are increasingly similar and has the advantage of not provoke allergic reactions (are more prevalent in the case of latex). The nitrile is very resistant to chemicals and, to a degree, to cuts.Used in laboratories and other fields exposed to chemical and biological hazards.
In general, we can highlight two types:
– Disposable nitrile gloves (without dust): they are usually common in the health field. Its surface is somewhat rougher than that of latex and are usually hypoallergenic. In addition, they havegreater resistance to bites or punctures than latex. Its price is usually higher than that of latex gloves.
– Thick nitrile gloves: in this mode, the glove palms are coated with nitrile, while the back is made of polyester. Nitrile is a very resistant material to cuts, hooks, abrasion and perforations. This is why it is used in the industrial field for handling, assembly, maintenance… Nitrile combines protection against mechanical hazards and protection against chemicals.
3. Polyurethane Gloves (Pu)
The polyurethane is another type of synthetic fiber that records high resistance to mechanical risks, despite being fine. Thanks to the flexibility of this material, the gloves guarantee animportant maneuverability, ergonomics and comfort. They ensure a smooth grip in a dry or wet environment.
The polyurethane gloves guarantee a greater sensitivity to the touch, therefore they are very used in processes of assemblyand handling of electronic components. They are also used in the automotive, plastic, glass and metal industries and for assembly, maintenance, among other professional applications.
4. Welder Gloves:
We grant the welder gloves a differentiated category for the special features they require. And these gloves should offer excellent protection against mechanical and thermal hazards.
They are usually made of meat, the inner part of the animal’s skin (usually beef). Thanks to its higher density , it offers effective resistance against tears, cuts, abrasion and perforation. On the other hand, as we explain in the infographics, welder gloves must face splashes of molten metal, short-term exposure to the flame and the different types of heats to which it will be subjected.
The welder gloves are long so the sleeve protects the operator’s forearms.
5. Flower Leather And Split Leather Gloves
These gloves are among the most popular among workers because they are very versatile. They are used in industrial assembly lines, services of masonry, assembly, handling, loading and unloading, assembly, for agricultural uses, but also for work with metal or electronic parts, maintenance, windings, laminates, gardening…
They are usually made in combinations of flower skin (bovine or porcine), sawdust and cotton . There are also reinforced versions depending on the degree of protection required:
6. Gloves Against The Cold
Not all jobs require gloves with excellent safety properties. Sometimes the gloves act as a simple overcoat and, in these cases, the fabric can be fleece, polyester or cotton.
The range of working gloves can not be more extensive and varied. Have you found the work gloves that best fit your case?