Norms and standards
Cut Resistant Gloves
Workers are often required to handle a wide range of materials and equipment. Rope work, wire splicing, and maintenance of equipment are just a few examples of tasks that pose a risk of cuts and lacerations to the hands. These types of injuries can be severe and can result in lost time, medical expenses, and even permanent disability.
Cut Resistant Gloves as PPE
To protect workers from these types of injuries, cut-resistant gloves are an essential piece of PPE. These gloves are designed to be worn over the hands, providing a barrier between the skin and the sharp or abrasive materials. They are made from a variety of materials, including high-performance fibres like Kevlar, Dyneema, and Spectra, as well as steel or other metals. These materials have been chosen for their strength, durability, and ability to resist cuts and abrasion.
One of the key features of cut resistant gloves is their level of cut resistance. This is measured by a standardized test, known as the EN388 test, which measures the ability of a material to resist cuts from a blade. The test assigns a rating from 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest level of cut resistance.
Selecting the Right Cut Resistant Gloves
When selecting cut-resistant gloves, it is important to consider the specific tasks that will be performed. Gloves with a higher level of cut resistance will be required for tasks that involve handling sharp or abrasive materials, such as ropes, wires, and metal. For tasks that involve less risk of cuts and lacerations, gloves with a lower level of cut resistance may be sufficient.
Fit and Comfort
Another important consideration is the fit and comfort of the gloves. Workers will be required to wear the gloves for long periods of time, and it is important that they fit properly and do not cause discomfort or irritation. The gloves should also be flexible enough to allow for a good range of motion and dexterity.
Cold Weather Hazards for Workers
In addition to cut resistance, some gloves provide protection against heat, cold, chemicals, or electrical hazards. Workers in cold climates are at risk of cold stress injuries such as frostbite and hypothermia, which can lead to serious injuries like loss of extremities. Cold and wet conditions increase the risk of cold weather injuries and can also lead to a loss of productivity and worker morale. It is important to protect hands from cold weather while working.
Maintaining Cut Resistant Gloves
When it comes to maintenance, it’s important to keep in mind that cut-resistant gloves should be inspected before each use for any signs of wear or damage, and replaced if necessary. They should also be washed and dried properly after each use, following the manufacturer’s instructions.
In conclusion, cut resistant gloves are an essential piece of PPE for workers everywhere. They are designed to protect the hands from cuts and lacerations that can occur when handling sharp or abrasive materials. When selecting cut-resistant gloves, it’s important to consider the specific tasks that will be performed, the level of cut resistance required, the fit and comfort, and any additional protection required. Proper maintenance of gloves is also crucial to ensure they continue to provide the necessary level of protection.