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Choosing right gloves is very important for many reasons. It has been conclusively proven that the most common type of workplace injuries affect hands and fingers – over a quarter of recordable workplace injuries. Gloves, especially natural rubber gloves, obviously offer the best security, but the choice of glove is key to offering the best balance between safety, ease of use and dexterity. The choice will inevitably depend on the application (food contact, cleaning, heavy industry and so on).
Household gloves and Industrial latex gloves come in varieties with several different specifications, thickness range, glove linings, patterns, and cuff.
Contact and traumatic injuries are the most common, the former through contact with extreme temperatures, hazardous chemicals or blood-borne pathogen, the latter through cuts, pinches or punctures to the hands and fingers. Gloves will offer protection from these forms of injury by providing the necessary barrier between the hand and the hazard.
Which glove is right? Choosing right gloves:
A complete understanding of different aspects to gloves is crucial to choosing the right glove for desired applications.
* Temperature Extremes – insulation is key, and natural rubber gloves are renowned for their temperature-resistant properties.
* Chemical Exposure – no single type is best for every type of chemical and it’s critical to understand the specific hazards associated with the chemicals that workers may encounter.
* Dangerous Surfaces – Thickness of material is paramount to offering the best protection against cuts and punctures.
* Electricity exposure – insulated rubber gloves offer the best protection
* Open flame exposure – fire-retardant materials are obligatory.
Delicate materials – Sometimes, the purpose of the glove isn’t to protect the workers from the material, but to protect the material from the worker, for example in food handling environments. Here, natural latex is the perfect glove material, offering elasticity, resilience to tearing and comfortability.
Rubber Gloves of several different raw materials have been introduced to cater to a larger universal of end-user applications. Choosing gloves of a suitable raw material is crucial in picking up the right gloves for a desired application.
Latex gloves can only provide the desired level of protection when they are not damaged. Even the most well-made glove may only provide a few days (or even a few hours) of performance in a heavy industrial setting. Before putting a pair of gloves on, they should be inspected carefully to ensure that there are no rips, tears, cracks, or any other kind of damage that could impair the protection. If any defects are found, the glove should be discarded immediately.
Selecting Your Gloves
Length for gloves often comes in between 9 -16 inches / 24 cm to 42 cm. Longer gloves are often ideal for more heavy-duty applications or for applications which require superior protection.
Thickness is an important factor to be taken into consideration. Thick gloves possess higher layers of compound, thus offering greater degrees of protection and enhanced durability. Thick gloves can result in hand fatigue especially during extended use and application, particularly when using more rigid raw materials such as nitrile gloves where handling dexterity can be compromised. Appropriate glove thickness should be determined to achieve the right trade-off between durability, dexterity and cost.
Unlined gloves are most demanded, highest in use and most preferred for applications with stringent hygienic demands since lining materials can potentially contaminate the glove or the material that it is used with (For example food industry requires unlined gloves to ensure nothing contaminates the handling of food). Choosing right gloves, latex gloves, nitrile gloves, or other type of gloves is important in order to achieve 100% output. Household gloves often have its internal surface coated with different types of linings to offer different feel, sensation, or specific application. There are different types of linings and most common are Unlined Latex Gloves, Flocklined Gloves, and Silverlined Gloves.
At TK Bosaeng Glove, we have been manufacturing high quality nature rubber gloves for over 30 years and offers an extensive range of gloves for most industrial and domestic needs. Choosing right gloves and the best suitable gloves is what we help to do. A fast, reliable logistics network ensures we can reach all international markets quickly, and on-time. If you would like to know more about our products and operation, please visit our website at www.tkbosaeng.com, or feel free to contact us at sales @www.tkbosaeng.com