Glove Education

Winter Gloves 101
As much as it pains me to say, winter and its icy low temps and frigid work conditions is right around the corner. For some of us, those that work in cold storage, the frigid conditions never even left. Working with cold hands is just plain uncomfortable, so choosing the level of insulation is critical. Before we get too far into gloves, it is important to understand the science behind heat transfer. Essentially, heat is always seeking to be in equilibrium with the environment, so hot air flows to cold air to create something in the middle. [Read More...]
Maximize Glove Durability & Reduce PPE Cost
Abrasion resistance ratings are often used to evaluate the durability of a glove –that is, how long a glove will last in the field, when used for a variety of tasks. This is a key metric, because glove durability directly affects the overall cost of hand protection programs. The math is simple and effective: a $30 glove that lasts 6 weeks is three times as cost effective as a $15 glove that lasts one week. This is a more complex issue than one might think. In today’s era of performance work gloves, safety professionals are under increasing pressure to provide high dexterity gloves to employees, but at a low cost that satisfies purchasing constraints. While there is a temptation to move downstream in price, the reality is that a glove designed to maximize durability might cost twice as much as what you are purchasing today, but[Read More...]
Glove Impact Testing
Hand impact protection is an issue that deserves serious attention when it comes to choosing the right gloves for your employees. Currently, there are no industry-wide standards for measuring hand impact reduction. This creates numerous problems for HSE managers when it comes to properly evaluating or comparing impact protection provided by various glove models. Glove manufacturers are not required to test the impact protection of their gloves, and this can lead to false claims and minimal protection for the user, which may lead to higher recordable injuries. Pinching, bruising blows, and broken bones are the three main recordables when it comes to impact related hand injuries. "ASTM does not have a test for reduction in hand impact force, and the ASTM rebound test should not be used as a substitute." What To Look For There are many things that an HSE manager can look for to help him or her make his[Read More...]