Hand Safety Spotlight

Category: gloves

The human hand is one of the most important tools in the workplace, as well as one of the most common areas of workplace injury. While new requirements have been put into place in support of PPE standards for hand protection from hazards such as cuts and chemical exposure, there hasn’t been a standardized test to protect the hand from the various impact hazards some work environments present. 

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Two key elements of glove performance involve protection and dexterity. While it is important to find a glove that will provide the proper hand protection, it is equally important to select a glove that allows for dexterity so you won’t be tempted to work without gloves. Dexterity gloves work with your hands, providing flexibility and comfort while you work.

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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.

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For many companies, the challenge has been to adequately evaluate the impact protection that is offered in the marketplace as no appropriate standard effectively measures impact performance. That is about to change. This year, the ISEA (International Safety Equipment Association) will work towards the adoption of a new impact standard that will establish a reliable way to evaluate and assess the quality of impact protection within a glove.  If you’re unsure about these changes – don’t worry. We’ve created a guide that explains the new ANSI ISEA 138 impact ratings.

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Focus on the storm You can't turn on your TV, scroll through your social feeds or listen to the radio without hearing storm coverage when a severe weather system threatens part of the United States. The unknown effects of a named storm or other natural disaster have a way of grabbing our attention. As Americans, we have a hard time looking away.

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Grip is essential to hand safety. A compromised grip can lead to an occupational hazard. If a glove isn’t providing the necessary grip, companies are at risk of workers removing their gloves and exposing their hands. Workers sustain approximately a quarter of a million serious injuries to fingers, hands and wrists each year.[1] According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and OSHA, wearing a glove reduces the risk of a hand injury by 27%.

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“What’s my glove size?” We often hear that question. If you’re wondering how to find your glove size, it’s easy. Determine your glove size by using our Glove Sizing Chart, or see other ways to measure your hands for gloves and glove sizing tips below. 

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Is the Super Hero the right safety glove for the job? That’s what this blog aims to answer. When searching for safety gloves, several factors come into play. Do you need best-in-class protection? How long will the glove last? Can the glove be worn all day? Is safety more important than dexterity, or do you need the best of both worlds?

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Finding the best work glove can be a challenge. What level of cut protection do you need? What palm material will give you the best grip? How important is impact protection? Ringers Roughneck gloves offer numerous safety features, but how do they stack up against the competition? Read our glove guide to see if the Roughneck is the right safety glove for you.

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The testing standards for cut gloves have changed for both ANSI and CE. If you’re unsure about these changes – don’t worry. We’ve created a guide that breaks down everything you need to know about new ANSI and CE cut ratings.

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