It 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. What is a little bit more difficult however, is how to choose the right gloves for the right job. We’ve put together a guide to help you spend your budget wisely and purchase industrial safety gloves that are the right fit for you and your requirements.
How to Begin Looking for the Right Protective Glove
As a common-sense approach the intention will be to identify the hazards and the protection required, which may fall into one of the following, for instance:
- Protection from heat, flame and cold temperatures
- Protection from tearing, cuts, punctures and abrasions
- Protection from chemicals
- Protection from vibration and shock
The best way to protect hands is to choose a glove that conforms to relevant European Standards. A reputable safety glove supplier will be able to provide data sheets that detail how well their gloves perform.
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:
- Will gloves be worn for a short or long periods? As comfort becomes an increasingly important factor the longer the glove is worn. Hands can sweat inside gloves making them uncomfortable to wear so ensuring staff remove gloves to help air their hands to minimise the issue of hot and sweaty hands. To help, some suppliers provide liner gloves to wear under the safety gloves to help absorb sweat.
- The thicker the glove the greater the protection – whereas thinner gloves offer better dexterity
- The texture of the glove will affect handling – gloves with a rough or textured surface offer a good grip.
- 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 within environments that operate outside of typical room temperatures a 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 Decision
Once 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, 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.