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Drive Compliance with Puncture-Resistant Work Gloves

Safety is key when dealing with an industry that requires the use of sharp objects, such as cables, cardboard, sheet metal, wood, glass or needles. The necessary hand protection is the most important aspect of keeping yourself and those around you from hand injury, so choosing the correct gloves can be a daunting task. Are you protecting against the correct hazard? Have you chosen the correct glove material to protect against that specific hazard? Is high puncture resistance more important than dexterity in your case? These are some of the safety compliance concerns you must address yourself before making a final purchase.

What Kind of Protection Do I Get From Puncture-Resistant Gloves?Image of needle

1. The first misconception is that of coverage. Most Puncture-Resistant Gloves only have palm coverage and protect just that area, as it is the most commonly injured part of the hand by puncture wounds. However, many people assume that if the palms are protected, so is the back of the hand. Superior Glove® does offer gloves with full hand coverage, but keep in mind that with more protection, the glove becomes bulkier and stiff which in turn makes it less comfortable. In choosing the correct glove, make sure to evaluate the types of hazards you will encounter on the job to ensure that you can lose some of the dexterity in a full coverage glove. These gloves are generally also more expensive, so keep that on your mind as you go through your selection.

2. Another misconception about Puncture-Resistant Gloves is that once you're wearing them, you're invincible. While they do offer superior protection, this couldn't be farther from the truth - they're called Puncture Resistant for a reason, not Puncture Proof, and no glove can protect you against every single puncture hazard. The gloves are tested and labeled against the ANSI Puncture Level Rating on a scale of 1-5, 1 being the least puncture resistant and 5 being the most puncture resistant.

In addition, different Puncture-Resistant Gloves protect against different kinds of threats:

  • Fine Object Puncture Threat - follows the ASTM F2878 Modified Standard : If you are dealing with fine sharp objects such as medical needles. For use in industries dealing with waste handling, law enforcement, pulp and paper, recycling with risk of needles, and sharps handling.
  • Large Object Puncture Threat - follows the EN 388:1994 Standard: If you are dealing with larger objects that pose a puncture threat, such as large splinters. For use in industries dealing with glass, metal fabrication, waste collection, recycling without risk of needles, and lumber.
3. The third misconception is that because a certain glove is Cut Resistant, then that automatically makes it Puncture Resistant as well. This, also, is not true. Kevlar®, a popular material for cut-resistant work gloves, has virtually no protection whatsoever against punctures when in a knitted glove. In order to make Kevlar® puncture resistant, you must either layer a better puncture resistant material such as leather or a palm coating or create a woven layer of the Kevlar® but the material itself will not make the glove puncture resistant. 

Puncture-Resistant Materials

So which materials should you look for in a Puncture-Resistant Glove?

1. Punkban™ : Punkban™ offers the best puncture protection available on the market in a woven material. This pioneering breakthrough has been made possible by bringing together innovative, leading edge textile technology to combine spinning and weaving of para aramids by a unique method pioneered by Superior Glove®. The resultant puncture resistant woven fabric is light and supple.

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2. Woven Kevlar : as described above, this material has good puncture and cut resistance, but offers a wide range of flexibility from manufacturer to manufacturer.
3. Epoxy Plates : these have very high cut resistance and good puncture resistance, however they must be used in multiple layers to deliver puncture protection because of gaps in plates which in turn creates a bulky glove.
4. Steel Mesh : this has the highest cut and puncture resistance when applied in multiple layers, but due to the chainy or scrunchy feel it is often uncomfortable to the wearer.
5. Leather : when in multiple layers, leather can be effective at preventing larger puncture hazards, such as splinters, but this creates a stiff, uncomfortable glove. It also has poor resistance against fine puncture hazards.

For more information, check out Superior® Glove Work and Safety Blog : View Infographic & View Material Descriptions


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