Lend A Hand but don’t lose one!

Most people are familiar with the desire to lend a hand to a friend in some sort of project, and some people are even compelled to do so on a regular basis. But what if said project could cause damage to your hands? Whether it's your job or you are lending a hand to a friend, learn about the types of hazards and how you can protect your hands!

 

 There are different factors to be kept in mind when choosing hand protection. You need to bear in mind the fit, function and also the required level of protection. It is important to make the right choice.

 

Fabric or Cotton Gloves

These gloves are so thin and breathable that it is sometimes referred to as “liners”. It is not very effective against puncture hazards, jagged objects, open fire or abrasions. It does however provide some degree of protection and also helps keep the worker’s hands clean.

 

It can also be used as a base layer under a larger type of glove when it comes to doing work in colder climates. Some gloves have an extra coating on the fabric to improve grip, strengthen the glove or simply to increase protection.

 

Coated Fabric Gloves

These are also considered to be general purpose gloves. Their level of protection is higher when it comes to punctures and cuts, alkalinity protection (from objects like bricks) and it has improved chemical resistance.

 

Some of the coatings which are available for this type of glove is nitrile, polyurethane, latex and also PVC

 

Your choice of coating should be based on what work will be performed and a risk assessment thereof. 

 

Latex, Nitrile or Synthetic Gloves

These are the type of gloves associated with laboratories and healthcare. It is worn as protection against oils, solvents, chemicals, grease or bio-hazards.

 

 

 

They are usually form-fitting and this quality allows the user to work with small items and perform fine work. It does not however provide adequate protection when it comes to punctures or sharp and abrasive surfaces.

 

Leather Gloves

These are a good choice when it comes to a wider range of elements needed protection from. It gives the wearer a good grip, resists sparks and can also protect against moderate levels of heat (like for instance welding related heat or rope friction when it passes through palms).

 

Leather gloves are highly durable and known for its great fit, but are also known to harden or shrivel when it is exposed to too much heat. 

 

Leather gloves are widely used while welding. It is also available with a variety of built-in liners like Kevlar.

 

This was Part 1 of Lend a Hand but Don’t Lose One. Watch this space for Part 2 this week!

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