Quality hand protection can reduce chances of hand injury by up to 60%. Our hands are our most important tools, regardless of what line of work we might be in. This also makes them extremely susceptible to injury, as they are exposed to risks constantly, throughout the workday. CHARNAUD® explains how to choose the right protective handwear to address the meet the risks in your particular industry.
What to Look for In Hand Protection
When it comes to procuring PPE for your team, it is very important to choose gloves with particular care. You need the right combination of durability, protection and ease of use. Here are the five main factors you should keep in mind as you choose your protective handwear. Read our blog for more tips and advice on all varieties of PPE.
As you look at the price tags on different pairs of gloves, value for money will obviously be at the forefront of your mind. This does not mean picking the cheapest pairs you can find. High-value gloves are those that offer the best protection and wear in their price range. Factors such as good abrasion coatings contribute to the value of a pair of gloves. Well-coated gloves are guaranteed to last much longer against the daily rigours of the workday.
2. Thermal And Chemical Resistance
Not all professions involve the handling of chemicals or working in extremely hot or cold conditions. If this is a factor in your line of work, then consider your options very carefully. The various quality standards that are used to guide the manufacture of PPE insist on specific benchmarks of heat resistance and thermal properties. Ask your PPE suppliers about the protective properties that is offered by their gloves. CHARNAUD® supplies various kinds of gloves in our different product ranges. For example, our FIRE-SAFE® extrication gloves are designed for extreme heat resistance, while our METAL-SAFE® aluminised gloves are perfect for handling hot metals.
3. Laceration Protection
Your gloves must be tough and able to resist potential lacerations. In different lines of work, you will be susceptible to different kinds of lacerations. Are your workers more likely to be at risk of picking up abrasions, punctures or cuts on their gloves? Your answer to this question will help you choose the right gloves.
It is very important that gloves do not impair a worker’s ability to carry out their tasks. Many workers don’t like wearing gloves for this very reason – they choose performance over safety. They shouldn’t have to make that choice. Rather select gloves that will provide the necessary protection while also being flexible and giving workers the dexterity, they require.
Closely related to dexterity, grip is another important factor. Workers dealing with slippery surfaces or wet substances must have gloves with a low risk of slipping. Certain abrasion coatings improve the grip offered by the gloves. Ask your supplier for gloves that allow good, unimpaired grip.
Make Your Workplace Safer In 2022 With CHARNAUD®’s Quality PPE
CHARNAUD® is a supplier of quality PPE for a variety of professions. Contact us for advice and quotations on PPE and how to incorporate it into your safety plans.