Work Gloves Guide
WORK GLOVES FOR YOUR PROJECT
Work gloves are worn to protect hands from potential mechanical hazards such as punctures, abrasions, cuts, and flame. They are further specialized for performing a certain task. These include multipurpose work gloves, construction gloves, general utility gloves, mechanics gloves (automotive work), leather welding gloves, insulated work gloves ( to keep warm during winters), leather working gloves, and rubber or latex gloves.
We should wear work gloves when working with hazardous chemicals and risky materials because they give protection against infections, contamination, and hazards including:
- Acid spillage
- Cuts and wounds
NITRILE COATED WORK GLOVES
Industrial environments of today carry many activities that have risks. Governments and businesses in many countries define guidelines that benefit the safety of their workers. Many industrial applications promote the use of nitrile coated work gloves for industry workers as a means of safety.
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For Those with Allergy Concerns
Nitrile coated work gloves are a type of glove made from nylone and coated with synthetic rubber. Nitrile is a polymer compound with a production process similar to that of making rubber. Unlike rubber however, nitrile is a 100% synthetic substance and typically does not create any type of allergic reaction on the human body and as a result, is accepted and used in many businesses. Nitrile is the synthetic form of latex and is commonly chosen for its strength.
Nitrile Latex vs Rubber
Just like natural rubber, Nitrile latex does not contain latex proteins. Nitrile rubber provides excellent resistance to tears and punctures and is almost 3 times stronger than natural rubber. Nitrile stands up well to oil, and makes it is a good choice for handling small wet/oily parts.
Features of Nitrile Coated Work Gloves
The main feature of knit nylon work gloves coated with nitrile is their good grip and dexterity. Nitrile coated palm and fingers provide protection from abrasion, excellent grip, are extremely thin and durable, are breathable, comfortable, cut resistant, have great dexterity, tactility, and sensitivity.
There are various types of Nitrile coated glove dips available, some of them which include Nitrile palm coated work gloves, foam Nitrile coated gloves, and fully coated Nitrile gloves.
All-Weather Work Gloves
Many businesses use nitrile work gloves for their workers and most of these companies, especially in cold weather areas of the world. Nitrile coated work gloves can keep worker’s hands warm in cold weather conditions and allow them to move their hands freely and easily even in cold conditions as well as protect their hands from harmful substances, cuts, and abrasion.
Works Well with Wet Conditions and Oil
Nitrile coated work gloves withstand oils and have tactility even when wet. Nitrile coatings protect hands by preventing oil from penetrating through the gloves. Some applications include working with small or oily parts, as nitrile coating provides a secure grip.
Durable and Long Lasting
Nitrile coated work gloves do not easily break down, delaminate or blister-like other coating materials in the presence of oils and in general. This makes nitrile coated gloves a choice for jobs that require a high degree of sensitivity and dexterity, especially when grip is important such as assembly, construction, painting, working on automotive, handling small oily parts and components, gardening, machining, maintenance, warehouses, and trucking. Recreationally, they are also great for gardening, and various outdoor activities that require grip in wet conditions, like boating, fishing, hiking, and biking.
Other Information on Nitrile Coated Work Gloves
Nitrile-coated work gloves are perfect for general work because of their durability and robustness. The nitrile coating will prevent cuts, tears, and even abrasions. These gloves work well between -25 F and 350 F.
Nitrile-coated work gloves are durable, but they will not provide a robust grip in oily and wet conditions compared to micropore nitrile gloves.
Nitrile foam coating may not be ideal for liquids and adhesives because they may seep inside the gloves.
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New and improved Safer Grip nitrile coated gloves by OPNBar are ideal multi-purpose work gloves for various applications like trucking and delivery, warehouses, maintenance areas, light manufacturing and carpentry. They are also great for gardening, and various outdoor activities that require grip in wet conditions, like boating, fishing, hiking, and biking.
LEATHER WORK GLOVES
Leather work gloves often protect hands during construction, working with lumber, masonry, and welding. They endure abrasions, heat and acts as shock absorbers, and are puncture-resistant. Leather is an easily available material with unique qualities suitable for multiple tasks. Synthetic leather is lighter than natural and dries quickly.
Specialized leather work gloves provide robustness and heat dissipation. Untreated Leather can withstand high temperatures up to 430F and 600F when tanned with chrome that makes it suitable for tasks involving heat exposure. Gauntlet-style cuffs protect wrists from metal fragments and sparks.
- Top grain leather: When it comes to comfort and dexterity it is best as its texture is smooth and soft.
- Split leather: It is more economical and denser than grain leather and more resistant to abrasion and water.
Some fabric work gloves can have leather reinforced on high wear areas like palm, fingers, and fingertips. This makes it more flexible and allows hands to breath.
RUBBER OR LATEX WORK GLOVES
Rubber or latex work gloves provide waterproofing and endurance against abrasions and vibrations. They have a coating or shell covering fingertips and palm offering a good grip, breathability, flexibility and fits tightly to the hand to improve sensitivity and dexterity.
They’re more resistant to punctures than vinyl and neoprene, but punctures can be difficult to see. Latex is not effective against all chemicals, and it tends to degrade due to contact with turpentine or petroleum-based products such as gasoline, kerosene, acetone, and mineral spirits. Some people are allergic to natural latex, so this type of glove is not suitable for everyone.
CLEANING AND FINISHING WORK GLOVES
Cleaning gloves should provide more grip to hold wet objects easily. Preferably, it should have raised texture to channel more liquid away. Additionally, long cuffs of cleaning gloves keep forearms dry to avoid chapping.
Powder and powder-free cleaning work gloves: Some gloves have a powder lining to absorb moisture making it easier to wear gloves. Powder-free gloves should be used while painting, polishing, and sealing as they can mar the finishing. They are also an alternative for powder allergic people.
Reusable cleaning work gloves: These are more durable, thicker, and comfortable due to flocked lining but they provide less dexterity and touch sensitivity. They require more care and maintenance.
Disposable cleaning work gloves: They provide protection against any accidental spillage r chemical contact. They need to be replaced after every chemical contact. It provides better touch sensation and dexterity.
CONSTRUCTION OF WORK GLOVES
- A straight thumb is designed for tasks that involve gripping. A seam runs around the thumb and does not interfere with the task.
- A wing thumb design does not have a seam between palm and thumb rather has an angled thumb to provide good comfort for continuous tasks.
- A keystone thumb provides comfort and dexterity due to its ergonomic design.
- Some work gloves have a seam under two middle fingers and a natural crease cut for the palm to improve comfort.
FEATURES OF WORK GLOVES
- Fingers compatible with touch screen
- Breathable fabric to avoid sweating
- Impact-absorbing pads on the palm
- Should be flame resistant
- Easily cleanable and machine washing
- Plastic or rubber studs to protect the back of the hand from vibrations and punctures
- Vibration absorbing pads on fingers and palm
TYPES OF WORK GLOVES CUFF
Glove cuff is designed according to a particular task; some fit tightly to protect the wrist while others have loose fittings (to allow immediate removal in case of emergency). Here are some types of cuffs;
- BAND TOP CUFF: This type of cuff has a large, loose cuff that allows quick removal upon emergency and improves breathing and airflow of hand.
- KNIT CUFF: This type of cuff has a tight wrist fitting to keep work gloves in place. It allows slow removal of gloves and prevents dirt and debris from entering.
- ELASTIC CUFF: These are easier to put on and remove because of their short length. It has a chip closure at the wrist.
- EXTENDED CUFF: Provides forearm and wrist protection with loose-fitting to improve airflow. Usually used for cleaning gloves.
- HOOK AND LOOP CUFF: It helps to keep dirt out and allows work gloves to be in place with tight-fitting.
- BALL AND TAPE CUFF: Clings tightly to the wrist and provides effective protection.
- PINKED CUFF: It has loose-fitting to allow fast removal and consists of a zigzag pattern cut into the cuff this helps to catch drips.
SIZE OF WORK GLOVES
To find glove size use measuring tape in inches and always take measurements from the dominant hand i.e if you are right-handed take measurement from the right hand and vice versa. Some brands consider glove size by numbers and some by letters like s for small. The size of the glove varies from manufacturer to manufacturer.
- Take the measurement around the hand at the widest part excluding the thumb.
- Take another measurement from the fingertip of the middle finger to the base of the hand.
SAFETY PROTOCOLS OF WORK GLOVES
Gloves should be used with specific guidelines to ensure protection and safety.
- You should clean and maintain reusable work gloves.
- Before working with chemicals make sure that your work gloves are effective against that specific chemical.
- Notice any burning or itching sensation while working because it is the indicator that you might be using the wrong glove.