Types of Protective Gloves: Chemical, Cut and Heat Resistant

Types of Protective Gloves

Types of Protective Gloves: Chemical, Cut and Heat Resistant

Did you know that, according to the US Bureau of Labour Statistics, more than 43% of non-fatal occupational injuries involve hands? Hands are our primary tool and it is our responsibility to make sure they are well protected in the workplace. To do so, it is essential to be aware of the different types of Protective Gloves.

In fact, wearing just any type of safety gloves is not enough. It is extremely important to take into consideration the nature of the task we perform and the requirements specified by the EN standards to select the most appropriate type of gloves.

Types of Protective Gloves

Let’s take a closer look at the most important features of Chemical-resistant, Cut-resistant and Heat-resistant Gloves.

Chemical-resistant gloves

Chemical-resistant gloves are designed for workers handling chemicals in liquid, solid or gas form. Depending on the type of chemical being handled, its temperature and the duration of exposure, it is important to choose the right material, style and size to make sure the gloves are best suited for your job. The most used materials are Latex, PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride), Butyl, Nitrile and Neoprene. Chemical-resistant gloves must comply with the EN 374 standard.

Cut-resistant gloves

Cut-resistant gloves offer cut, abrasion, tear and puncture protection while working with sharp tools, such as knifes and sharp metals. They can be made of different materials, from HPPE (high-performance polyethylene) to Kevlar, Dyneema and Alycore fibres, guaranteeing different levels of protection. They must comply with the EN 388 standard.

Heat-resistant gloves

Heat-resistant gloves are designed to protect those working around hot materials and high-temperatures and are usually made of Kevlar, leather, carbon fibre and/or terry knit. As the type of heat hazard is different for each industry, it is essential to select the right combination of these fibres to get the best protection. The standard assessing gloves performance against thermal risk is EN 407.

Types of Protective Gloves

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