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Hand protection for tradespeople

11/05/2011

Recent research into the attitude of tradespeople to hand protection shows a high level of awareness of the need for glove use. However, despite this, the survey showed that many people still resist wearing protective gloves on the job.

The study, undertaken by the research firm Red Letter Information, polled groups of people from a variety of trades. The survey reported a high level of awareness of the need for hand protection. Despite this awareness, many said gloves were an impediment to carrying out their tasks. Other major reasons for refusal to wear gloves on the job were quoted as lack of comfort, poor grip and fit.

After dexterity and tactility, the key requirements of tradespeople for their protective gloves were given as protective performance, comfort, durability and grip. Those surveyed wanted protection from moderate risk of cuts and abrasions, as well as wanting to look after their hands.

A third of respondents in the sample (34.9%) selected 'other' trade or labouring roles, mainly in the construction, manufacturing and personal services sectors, while 19.2% nominated general labouring and 12.9% nominated metal trades.

The balance of respondents were in automotive (9.0%), electrical (8.8%), carpentry (6.0%), landscaping (5.1%), plumbing (2.5%), masonry (1.1%) and HVAC (0.5%).

Source: http://www.advancedsafety.com.au/news-article-detail.asp?iNewsID=284

Pro-Val have a wide range of gloves well suited for tradespeople from various industry backgrounds.

Taipan glove offers outstanding grip and dexterity. Made from premium grade nylon with latex crinkle finish palm. It is extremely breathable, keeping hands cooler with less perspiration. The glove has good grip in both wet and dry environments with the latex palm offering water resistant protection.

Uses include

  • Automotive industry
  • Mechanical workshops and assembly lines
  • Engineering environments
  • Plumbing
  • Bricklaying
  • Paving
  • General industrial workplace applications
  • Plastic industries
  • Clean packing lines
  • Construction
  • Plumbing
  • Shipping

Foam Flex is a nylon glove with foam nitrile palm. Ideal for wearing in many industrial applications for extended periods. It is very flexible and cool to wear. The foam nitrile provides excellent abrasion and tear resistance as well as sound grip and oil resistance.

Uses include:

  • General industrial workplace applications
  • Automotive industry
  • Mechanical workshops and assembly lines
  • Engineering environments
  • Metal, glass and plastic industries

Dynagrip gloves provide excellent cut, abrasion and tear resistance. Constructed from a blend of UHMWPE (Ultra-high-molecular-weight-polyethylene), glass fibre and lycra with a PU palm coating. Dynagrip provides excellent grip, sensitivity and resistance to oils and greases. Added lycra provides flexibility and comfort. The glove features a cutting index performance Level 5 providing resistance to abrasions, cuts and tearing.

Uses include

  • Metal industries
  • Warehousing, pick and pack operations
  • Automotive industry
  • General manufacturing
  • Glass
  • Plastics
  • Food industry

Tufflex gloves provide a maximum high Level 5 cut resistant protection, 4 times higher than the standard Level 5 cut resistance. Tufflex is made from a combinationa of UHMWPE (Ultra-high-molecular-weight-polyethylene) and glass fibre, providing extra strength and cut resistance. Excellent grip in wet and dry working conditions and have a safety orange back for high visibility.

Uses include

  • Sheet metal
  • Steel works
  • Glass
  • Construction
  • Engineering
  • Automotive industry
  • Sharp steel
  • General manufacturing

Fivers are a Level 5 cut resistant glove, providing the wearer with advanced cut resistance, while still providing dexterity and feel. If the cut resistant gloves you wear now feel like a "hessian bag", then you need the Fivers. Made from high performance Twaron and glass fibre, the Fivers has your hands covered and protected. They can also be used as a liner glove, under rubber, nitrile or neoprene glovse to offer increased cut resistant protection.

Uses include

  • Food industry
  • Abattoirs
  • Fishers and seafood industries
  • Commercial kitchens and catering
  • Automotive trade
  • Glass
  • Warehousing pick and pack
  • Graphic arts and textiles
  • Steel/metal handling