With hand injuries representing over one quarter (28%) of workplace incidents and gloves accounting for upwards of 30% of your safety budget, putting together a strong hand protection program makes a huge impact within your facilities safety program. No single glove can provide appropriate protection for every work situation, so it is important to assess the risk for each task and choose a glove that provides specialized protection:
Cotton and fabric gloves
These can keep hands clean and protect against abrasions, but may not be strong enough to handle work with rough or sharp materials.
Coated fabric gloves
This type of glove can provide protection against some moderate concentrated chemicals. They can be used in laboratory work provided they are strong enough to protect against the specific chemical being handled.
Rubber, plastic or synthetic gloves
These types of glove can be used when cleaning or working with oils, solvents and other chemicals.
These should be used when welding, as the leather can resist sparks and moderate heat. The risk of cuts and abrasions also can be minimized by wearing leather gloves.
These gloves are recommended for welding, furnace and foundry work, as they provide reflective and insulating protection.
These have a wide variety of industrial applications. They are cut- and abrasion-resistant and provide protection against both heat and cold.
Several types of gloves help protect against specific chemicals:
- Butyl rubber gloves: nitric acid, sulfuric acid, hydrochloric acid and peroxide
- Natural latex/rubber gloves: water solutions or acids, alkalis, salts, and ketones
- Neoprene gloves: hydraulic fluids, gasoline, alcohols and organic acids
- Nitrile rubber gloves: chlorinated solvents