There are so many types of safety gloves nowadays, that it can be difficult to determine which glove will suit your workplace most ideally. If you’re working in a manual labour environment, perhaps with heavy lifting, or perhaps with using heavy machinery or constantly having an electrical tool in your hands, then there’s a different glove for every situation. Maybe you’re working in a less physical environment, where you need to handle fragile items or items which might be poisonous or dangerous – then again, there’s a glove for the situation depending on what needs doing, and each type of glove is designed specifically for that requirement – there’s no such thing as a standard glove when it comes to work.
Starting with the more physical side of work, the heavy machinery, the electrical tools; there are gloves which can be used depending on the situation.
If you’re forever using heavy machinery where your hands are being bashed around all day, suffering from heavy vibrations such as using a powerful drill, then you could do with a pair of gloves not only for safety and grip, but to protect against the vibration too – If you didn’t know already, Anti-Vibration Gloves exist, which not only give great grip and protection, but remove a lot of the vibration going from the tool and through into your hands. Long term use of heavy machinery and tools can cause problems with your bones later in life, therefore it’s definitely a good idea to use whatever protection you can find.
Perhaps your work environment involves regularly cutting items where there’s a risk of injuring yourself with a blade if you were to have an accident. Cut Resistant gloves are perfect to avoid injury. However, when using a knife of whatever size, it’s often not your hands which might end up the victim to an accident – your arms are vulnerable too. Alongside Cut Resistant Gloves, you can also use Cut Resistant Kevlar Sleeves for extra protection too.
For heavy lifting or generally handling awkward or heavy items, there’s of course gloves to not only give protection for your hands, but also to give superb grip to ensure you don’t drop an item and injure yourself. You always want to best grip possible – if you were to slip with a heavy item, there’s a potential to drop it on your feet, or fall and injure your back. Therefore you can use General Handling Gloves, Ironclad Gloves for more protection from sharper objects, or Rigger Gloves for the heaviest of items.
Towards the less physical side of work, perhaps you work in an environment where you need to ensure you don’t touch the items with your hands, or need to protect your skin from poisonous or harmful substances.
If you work in a situation where your skin mustn’t touch an item – perhaps you work in handling antiques or old goods which are frail and would crumble if they gain contact with moist skin – or perhaps you’re handling a poisonous or harmful substance, something like lead sheeting, where you simply need to avoid contact of the item with your skin. Whatever the situation may be, you can use simple Disposable Exam Gloves as a cheap and easy way to get around the problem. You can find Disposable Gloves from hardware stores but also from places like chemists. Cotton Gloves are an alternative to Disposable Gloves if you need a bit more padding and comfort.
However if you work in a situation where you’re handling chemical items where your skin really needs to not make contact with the item, then you’ll need something more specific. You can find a range of Chemical Resistant Gloves from a lot of hardware or construction stores. These not only provide comfort and protection, but are completely safe to come in contact with chemicals of almost any sort – you wouldn’t be able to do your job without them.
Hopefully this will come in useful! If you’re working in a manual labour environment or simply need protection from harmful items, there’s a whole host of gloves to choose from – and hopefully after having read this far, you’ll be more aware as to which glove is suitable for what.