Importance of Wearing Safety Gloves
Gloves are imperative in helping to minimize injury across an array of manual labor settings. Not only do gloves protect you from being exposed to on-the-job hazards, they also help to preserve your livelihood. Choosing the right set for the right task is critical, as no single pair can provide the adequate level of protection needed for every situation.
5 Common Injuries in the Manual Labour Workplace
To highlight just how imperative gloves are, here are 5 common injuries you can prevent by simply wearing the right gloves:
Cuts can occur at any time when you are exposed to metal tools ie. Blades/needles increase your chance of injury. For this type of work, look at cut-resistant gloves with an AS/NZS 2161.3 Cut Level 5 rating. Level 5 is the top rating, so these gloves can take the highest amount of pressure before it cuts through material.
Check out Elliotts’ G-Flex Dynamax C5 Gloves which offer the highest levels of cuts resistance, abrasion and tear resistance while ensuring the maximum level 5 cut protection.
To ensure you are adequately protected against punctures, try the G-Flex Dynamax Steeler Gloves for cut and puncture resistance or the Eureka for more heavy duty protection.
3. HEAT BURNS
Being adequately protected against heat isn’t as simple as choosing heat-resistant gloves. Different styles are designed for either radiant heat or contact heat. Our MagnaShield range offers both types of protection.
4. CHEMICAL BURNS
Chemical burns can come from even the most unsuspecting of materials e.g. concrete and tile grout can burn the skin both before and after water is added. While some chemicals can cause only a mild reaction, others can create a chemical burn that is as severe as any heat burn.
Elliotts’ ChemVex 7010 Chemical Gloves provide superior grip with a non-slip coating on the palms to ensure maximum grip in wet/ oily conditions, are level 3 cut resistant and also have liquid proof chemical resistance.
Not to be underestimated, dermatitis involves dry, cracked skin, blisters, rashes, inflammation, redness and other painful skin problems. Dermatitis appears differently among different people, with some gloves even triggering the irritation. Make sure the glove material you choose protects you from the hazard, while still giving you the flexibility to carry out your task.
Elliotts has a wide range of gloves with a T-Touch Coating, renowned for being well tolerated by users while still providing resistance to oils, greases, and hydrocarbon derivatives. It also offers excellent abrasion and puncture resistance.
For more information about what glove is right for you, check the Elliotts website or contact your local Elliotts distributor.
Also, see our wide range of safety work gloves – HERE.
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