Selecting the appropriate glove for the hazard
The type of material that you select for the gloves you will be wearing will, of course, vary with the task that you are doing. If, for example, you are dealing with oil based substances, you will want to make sure that you do not use latex gloves as oil with degrade latex (To see this happen, simply inflate a latex glove and spray it with WD40 and watch the glove explode), Nitrile gloves would be a better choice.
The list of the different materials available is a long list indeed and includes cotton, leather, vinyl, nitrile, latex, PVC, Neoprene, Butyl, Viton, Hypalon, Kevlar, Dyneema, Spectra, Polyvinyl Alcohol (PVA) and more….
In addition, there are combinations such as leather palm gloves with cotton backing that allow you to get the benefits of the leather where needed but with the breathability of cotton on the back of the hand. This category includes a large selection of dipped gloves as well.
Other gloves, such as Hexarmor gloves use a hard substance with a backing on it to cover small areas to the whole of the glove in order to make the glove cut resistant and even, when several alternating layers are used, needle-stick resistance.
You will need to do a little research to make sure that you have the right material. For chemicals, you can get a chemical resistance chart or online tool for evaluating which material holds up best for the specific chemical that you are dealing with. You should also be able to get help from your safety and glove distributor (We, for example, at National Safety, Inc. help customers select the appropriate glove in conjunction with the different manufacturers.
Gloves and Hand Protection
Make sure you’re wearing gloves to protect your hands when there is a potential for hand injury; sounds simple enough, right? The truth, however, is that there’s a whole lot more to it than that and that a good number of injuries occur because the wrong glove was selected.
So how are you supposed to make sure that you have the correct glove?
Here's a step-by-step procedure to selecting the correct glove for each situation or application for proper hand protection.
The steps are as follows:
1. Identify why a glove is necessary
2. Identify the hazard
3. Select the appropriate material for that hazard
4. Size the glove correctly
5. Assess other factors
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