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Different Glove Types

Different Glove Types

Understanding Different Types of Gloves

To ensure the safety and health of every worker, it is important to have protection against hazardous substances and materials. It is most important when dealing with job sites where workers will have contact with chemicals or substances that can cause allergic reactions. When the skin and bloodstream absorb toxic chemicals, it will cause damage, irritation, and even infection.

Due to that, having a deep understanding and knowledge of different types of gloves is very important. However, there is no single glove that will suit every industry and application. Gloves must be produced and selected according to their material and the corresponding type of protection.

It might be difficult to choose the right gloves when there are lots of varieties available in the market. Thus, Amsafe will provide details such as various glove materials, types, and safety considerations. We will also discuss gloves standards and test ratings.

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Gloves that are cut-rated are guaranteed to pass the EN388 Glove Standard testing. This test measures the glove’s protection against puncture, tear, cut, and abrasion.

In most industries, it is a pre-requisite to use cut-rated gloves and wear them all the time in adherence to OHS (Occupation Health and Safety) regulations.

Learn more about glove standards and cut ratings at Amsafe.

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Gloves Type

Reutilitzables. These gloves are commonly available in 457 to 711 microns thickness. It offers maximum protection from physical hazards such as abrasion. You can also guarantee its excellent chemical and tear resistance. Reusable gloves are commonly characterized by their longer cuff length. Therefore, it provides more protection from dripping liquid.

To prolong the usefulness of reusable gloves, it should be treated with utmost care. After work, reusable gloves are recommended to be washed and dried. Thus, skin contamination can be prevented when used next time. Washing the reusable gloves is necessary, especially after dealing with chemicals.

Un sol ús. Disposable gloves are usually 101 to 202 microns thin. Its thin structure allows the gloves to have excellent dexterity and touch sensitivity. However, it has poor chemical resistance compared to reusable gloves. These gloves are specifically designed to provide protection against incidental chemical contacts. As it name implies, these gloves are for single use and cannot be reused. It is also not recommended to be used for applications that handles highly hazardous or aggressive chemicals.

Intentional and Incidental Contact – Explained

Intentional contact. It refers to any task where the worker can inevitably handle hazardous chemicals. Examples of intentional contact are direct handling or immersing hands on materials with hazardous substances such as cleaning rags.

In this situation, workers have lengthy contact with hazardous substance. Thus, when choosing the right glove for intentional contact applications, keep in mind that the glove should be made from materials that can provide excellent chemical permeation resistance. Intentional contact usually needs reusable gloves.

Incidental contact. This application refers to any job where workers are not directly in contact with hazardous substance such as chemical spill or splash. Usually, applications with incidental contact requires disposable gloves.

Types of Gloves by Material

  • Ideal to be used for handling acids, hydrocarbons, solvents, greases, bases, and oils
  • Perfect glove alternative to latex, commonly for biochemical applications
  • Not recommended for handling ketones and organic compounds
  • Provides protection against chemical splashing
Cautxú Butílic
  • Ideal for handling esters and ketones
  • Low touch sensitivity
  • Not suitable for handling halogenated hydrocarbons, aliphatic, gasolines, etc.
  • Reusable gloves
  • It is good for amines, bases, peroxides, acids, and more
  • Ideal for protecting hands against soiling and low hazard chemicals
  • Excel·lent resistència a l’abrasió
  • Cost-effective gloves
  • Ideal for use in application that handles phenols, hydrocarbon, fuels, bases, acids, peroxides, alcohols, and more
  • It is not ideal for aromatic and halogenated substance
  • Wetsuit material
  • Ideal for applications that handles aromatic and chlorinated solvents
  • Reusable gloves
  • Low touch sensitivity
  • Excellent abrasion and cut resistance
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