Hand injuries account for over 50% of incidents in various industrial work sites and significantly affect companies’ profit margins. A combination of improvement measures and external regulatory forces has compelled organizations to develop quality practices. Safety gloves are an important part of protective gear and prevent hand injuries from hazardous chemicals.
Rather than using a one-size-fits-all approach, look at different types of gloves, each suitable for a specific job.
Cotton Fabric Gloves
These gloves are commonly used for general projects where workers don’t need a high level of protection. These gloves are made from a thin, lightweight fabric that keeps the user comfortable. Cotton fabric gloves prevent minor splinters or scrapes, but not burns, cuts, and punctures.
Coated Fabric Gloves
Coated fabric gloves provide better protection against cuts, chemicals, and punctures than cotton fabric gloves. Polyurethane, nitrile, and PVC are commonly used coatings, but the actual job determines the coating you actually need.
Leather gloves are in-demand for several reasons. In addition to providing excellent grip, they ensure durability and provide insulation. Moreover, they’re thicker than regular fabric and offer an increased level of protection.
Leather gloves are likely to dry, shrivel, or crack when continuously exposed to high temperatures, so they’re unsuitable for high-temperature applications. However, they ensure adequate protection from burns.
Plastic, Rubber, or Latex Gloves
These gloves are generally used in laboratories and medical settings. They fit your hands to allow movability and offer protection from chemicals, solvents, biohazards, and other hazardous substances.
Since these gloves are made from thin materials, they offer lower heat or puncture resistance. Moreover, they’re not ideal for working with abrasive surfaces, flames, or sharp tools.
Vibration and Impact Resistant Gloves
Prolonged exposure to vibration has become a concern for various industrial workers. Vibration-resistant gloves are specifically designed to reduce the impact as they absorb most of the vibration from equipment and tools. As a result, minimum energy is transferred to the hands.
These gloves are generally used in construction, automotive, and fabrication industries where the workforce uses vibrating tools for longer periods.
Heat-Resistant Gloves at Robco of America
At Robco of America, you can find heat-resistant gloves and mittens made from glass fiber or silica. We also offer a wide range of heat-resistant textiles, including tape, rope, and welding blankets.
We also specialize in mechanical seals for industrial pumps, compressors, agitators, mixers, reactors, and bead mill units.