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Which Glove Safety Ratings Apply To You?

cut-resistant-gloves

Glove ratings can be a useful piece of information when it comes to selecting the right gloves for you.  However, the key is to pay attention to the right glove rating when choosing a glove that is right for your specific job.  There are several tests for work gloves that determine the ratings, but which rating is the most important for your task, the test for cut, punctures, abrasion or dexterity?  Reviewing the test standards for safety gloves can give you a crash course in selecting the perfect glove for your workplace.

For cut, the test is simple.  ANSI uses a sharp metal blade that moves across the glove material until it cuts through.  The ratings for cut range from 0 to 5, 0 for less than 200 grams and 5 for over 3500 grams.

Choosing the right puncture test can be a little more complicated.  Puncture tests make use of very different sized probes, a large nail, a small nail and a hypodermic needle.  To choose which test best applies to you, you must consider your specific safety requirement. Continue Reading…

Specialized Gloves Are Needed for Specialized Skills

Specialized Work Gloves

Employers these days are moving away from generalization, and placing an emphasis on hiring workers who have specialized skills. According to Forbes magazine, people without specialized skills are finding it harder and harder to find work.

Just like the trend toward needing specialized skills, there is a trend toward needing specialized work gloves. More than anything, it was a court case that demonstrated this need. Recently in the UK, a city sanitation worker successfully sued his employer and was awarded more than $150,000 in personal injury damage, for a cut he suffered at work while sifting through a pile of trash. The employee was wearing gloves provided by his employer when he cut himself on a sharp object hidden in the pile of trash, but the court ruled that his employer had provided him with “the wrong type of gloves.” Continue Reading…

Comfort to the MAX: Black Stallion MAX Comfort Stick Welding Gloves

Black Stallion Work Gloves

It used to be when you bought a pair of stick welding gloves, that you had to make a choice. You could go with the big bulky and barely moveable variety, which you knew would keep you safe but would leave your fingers feeling like they’d been fully supporting the weight of an anvil all day. Or you could go with a pair you could actually stand to wear, which for once didn’t feel like you wear actually wearing sheet metal on your hands, but sacrificed protection. What’s the point in creating a comfortable welding glove if it falls apart? And what’s the point in creating a durable welding glove if it was painful and cumbersome to wear? Thank goodness, those days are over. Continue Reading…

When Working People Do Not Wear Work Gloves

How To Address Working People Who Don't Wear Work Gloves

Raise your hand if you’ve heard any of these excuses before: “I can do a better job without gloves” or “gloves get in the way of good grip” or “wearing gloves makes my hands sweaty and slippery.” Statistics show that wearing protective gloves in industrial work reduces the risk of hand injury by a whopping 60 percent. Yet time and time again, getting employees to wear protective gloves proves to be one of the biggest challenges employers face. Continue Reading…

Cut-Resistant Gloves: Technological Advancements Mean More Options

New Ideas On Cut Resistant Glove Technology

A lot can change in 15 years. A lot has changed in 15 years. Social media websites like Facebook and Twitter have become an everyday part of life for most Americans. The hybrid car has gone from design-floor dream to viable option for the average person. And cut protection for your hands has gone from one single option to many.

In 1997, para-aramid was the fiber for cut-protection gloves. This yellow fiber wasn’t just a valuable asset for workplace protection of your hands, it was the only valuable asset for workplace protection of your hands. But like social media sites and hybrid cars, times have changed. Now, even though para-aramid continues to be an industry leader, the alternative options have exploded. Continue Reading…

Protective Apparel: Solving the Non-compliance Problem

PPE Must Be Worn To Be Effective

If you run a manufacturing plant, construction site or transportation company, you know that implementing a safety clothing program is only half the battle. Your employees have to actually wear the protective items to keep them safe.  Unfortunately, the fact is, they too often don’t comply.

In fact, this problem is rampant. An online survey conducted by a Kimberly-Clark Professional found that 89 percent of safety professionals polled had observed WorkingPeople failing to wear the proper workwear and/or personal protective equipment (PPE) when they should have been. Stunning. And almost 30 percent said they observed it on multiple occasions.  We need to keep our work force safe. Continue Reading…

Cut Resistant Glove Ratings: The Case for ASTM Ratings

Protect Your Hands With Cut Resistant Work Gloves

It might not be as commonplace as the debate over Metric System or English System, or as fun as Boxers or Briefs, but if you wear safety gloves in your line of work, it’s certainly no less important. Glove Cut Level Ratings are something you just plain have to pay attention to. And it’s important to know how to protect your hands with the correct safety gloves.

There are two different ratings methods for glove cut resistance: the EN (European standard) or ASTM. If your company is looking to implement a cut-resistant glove program, or improve an existing one, the ASTM method is the better choice. It is more representative of workplace conditions than the EN method. Continue Reading…

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