Hand Safety Spotlight

Why Leather Gloves are a Good Choice for Providing Hand Protection

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Hand Safety and Equipment professionals know that the workplace can create many hand hazards.  Risks can include chemical burns, cuts, broken bones, and much more.  It is vital for managers to be aware of the risks that lurk in their environments and provide proper protection against them.  However, with all the gloves in the market, it can become a daunting task to understand which gloves will best protect the hands of their employees.


The following is a list of gloves and their appropriate application, according to the National Safety Council

Cotton Fabric Gloves

These can keep hands clean and protect against abrasions, but may not be strong enough to handle work with rough or sharp materials. 

Coated Fabric Gloves 

This type of glove can provide protection against some moderate concentrated chemicals. They can be used in laboratory work provided they are strong enough to protect against the specific chemical being handled.  

Rubber, Plastic, or Synthetic Gloves 

These types of glove can be used when cleaning or working with oils, solvents and other chemicals.

Leather Gloves

These should be used when welding, as the leather can resist sparks and moderate heat. The risk of cuts and abrasions also can be minimized by wearing leather gloves.

Aluminized Gloves 

These gloves are recommended for welding, furnace and foundry work, as they provide reflective and insulating protection.

Kevlar Gloves 

These have a wide variety of industrial applications. They are cut- and abrasion-resistant and provide protection against both heat and cold.

While some glove types become obvious choices for providing protection, leather is often only considered for high heat tasks because it does not catch fire.   Leather should be a consideration more often as it does more than decrease risks against burns.  Most people don’t know that leather is highly abrasion resistant and can prevent minor cuts or lacerations.   It is a great choice when temperatures swing as leather provides warmth in cool temperatures and warmth in moderate heat.  Finally, leather gloves provide excellent dexterity and comfort which can enhance the ability of an individual to do their job. 

 


Conclusion

No single glove provides the perfect solution against all hand injuries all injuries.  However, leather is a great option and provides excellent protection against a variety of risks.

As the Hand Safety Experts, we at Ringers’ are proud of the hand protection that we have provided to our clients over the past 20+ years. You may not know that impact protection has been, and always will be, our specialty. Our gloves incorporate fit, form and function into every style to ensure the gloves remain on and hands protected. All of Ringers Gloves are tested and certified by third-party laboratories to ensure they meet our clients’ demanding expectations.


Did you know? Ringers Gloves are rated best-in-class for dexterity plus impact protection! Download our brochure to see the results and comparisons to other brands.

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If you’d like more information on these changes, and what they mean for you, send us a message! We’re here to help; hand safety is our specialty. 

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Category: Hand Safety, Gloves, Injury Prevention, Risk, Leather Gloves