In Love With Your Glove Series: Find The Glove That’s The Perfect Match For Your Industry

Find the right glove to match your industry

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, and around the world people are searching for their soul mate, their ultimate match. Countless dates, bar crawls, and meeting friends-of-friends will prove this is no easy feat. Just like finding the right partner, unearthing the right glove for the task can be overwhelming but rewarding. Choosing the right glove for your business plays an important role in keeping workers safe and healthy, in addition to minimizing expenses.

Benefits of Choosing the Right (and Left) Glove for Your Industry

  • Product Protection – Gloves help protect a product from natural skin secretions while being handled.
  • Worker Protection – Protective gloves create a barrier between the worker and a potential hazard, maintaining healthy hands.
  • Increased Worker Productivity – Healthy hands are productive hands! Wearing protective gloves reduces the impact of potential hazards, allowing workers to perform at their best.
  • Cost Savings – Gloves help to prevent Occupational Dermatitis, an inflammation of the skin, which can save a company thousands of dollars when considering the expense of doctor visits, workers compensation, poor productivity, and other associated operational costs.

Qualities to Look for in a Glove (S.P.A.C.E.)

Splash Protection – Splash hazards can be especially dangerous in certain industries. High temperatures or dangerous liquids can result in serious burns as well as chronic skin conditions.

Ask Yourself: What kinds of liquids are involved? Are they corrosive or petrochemicals? Is there a potential biohazard such as bodily fluids? What is the temperature range of the materials being handled?

Puncture Resistance – Although there is never such thing as a puncture-proof glove (unless you’re Ironman), punctures can often be attributed to a poor selection of work gloves. Understanding puncture threats can be pivotal for preventing a painful injury that’s highly prone to infection.

Ask Yourself: Is there a large or small puncture threat? Do you need a palm or full coverage? What tools such as needles or machinery are involved?

Abrasion Support – The cumulative and acute effects of abrasion can cause great discomfort to workers as well as lower productivity.  Being conscientious of abrasion hazards can be particularly helpful in preventing chronic skin irritation.

Ask Yourself: What kind of grip requirements does your work environment encounter (dry, wet, or oily)? Are you in need of chafing protection as a result of dirt and dust? Are grinding conditions present?

Cut Prevention – As with puncture resistance, there are no cut-proof gloves. Identifying opportunities for exposure to cuts is crucial in reducing cut-related incidents. There are a wide variety of thicknesses and materials available that can meet the demands of most applications.

Ask Yourself: What materials being used pose a cut risk? How much pressure is being applied to these materials? Are there puncture threats as well?

Exposure and Sensitivity – As in love, chemistry is everything, and not every glove is a match! Be sure to consider the following before you and your glove elope to your work zone.

  • Glove Composition­ – According to the CDC, only 1%-6% of the general population has a true latex sensitivity; however, in many applications, habits relating to the two factors below can lead to irritation that mimics a latex sensitivity.
  • Permeability and Breathability – Depending on the job at hand, each environment will require a glove with more or less breathability. Usually gloves that are highly impermeable tend not to be breathable, which can lead to excessive perspiration of the hands. If the job requires this kind of glove, wearing a cotton glove under it is a great solution to alleviate this discomfort.
  • Exposure and Disposal – Some jobs require workers to use the same gloves for a prolonged period of time. It is imperative to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for how to properly discard disposable gloves. Never re-wear disposable gloves. In addition, pre-work creams are great resource to reduce sensitivity from long exposure to glove materials.

Stay Tuned for More!

S.P.A.C.E. are properties to consider for every glove, no matter the industry. More often than not, your line of work will have several factors that are more specific than what applies to your industry as a whole.

Stay tuned for 4 upcoming posts that are part of the In Love with Your Glove Series, which breaks down the right glove for Food Service, Medical, Cleaning and Industrial settings.

Sources:

Gateway to Health Communication: Latex Allergy: by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Ambitex Glove University

How to Pick the Right Glove: by Ansell

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