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5 Skin Problems You Can Avoid with Quality Work Gloves

by Joe Geng on December 2, 2015

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Work gloves aren’t just any gloves. They protect your skin from a stunning array of on-the-job hazards, but they can also help preserve your livelihood. That is, of course, if you choose the right ones for the job.

Some might be a bit universal and good for a lot of different tasks, and some are more specialized. They’re as critical to your job as any tool, but above all, they keep your most important tools – your hands – in the game for another day.

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Wearing the right gloves is so important, injuries can happen in a lot of different ways. The best chemical-resistant gloves on Earth probably won’t keep out a metal splinter, and puncture-resistant materials might not guard against burns.

Knowing the hazards that plague your hands is what helps you make the best choice. Here are 5 of the more common skin problems that happen in the workplace, and how you can protect yourself against them.


1. Cuts

The mention cuts probably makes you wince. Anywhere your hands could potentially come into contact with metal tools – especially blades and needles – you have an avenue for injury.

A cut-resistant glove’s ANSI/ISEA rating tells you how much pressure it takes to cut through the material.

Some of the gloves you can choose from include leather gloves with a cut-resistant lining, palm-coated, and string-knit styles.

Kevlar®, Dyneema® and stainless steel are some of the materials that effectively protect your skin against cuts.  The S10NXFN has a ANSI cut-level A6, with an unsurpassed amount of dexterity.

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2. Punctures

Punctures can happen in a variety of ways. Needles, wires, drivers, nails and even a manual awl can work their way through ordinary gloves. That’s why it’s crucial that you choose gloves that are made with puncture-resistant materials.

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Kevlar® and Dyneema® work well in this arena, as does a wire core. Other materials can give you good protection on their own or in combination with Kevlar®.

Some puncture-resistant gloves guard against both cuts and punctures, so if you choose wisely, you’ll get double the protection from just one pair.  Everyday hospital staff face puncture hazards such as uncapped hypodermic needles putting them at risk for many different diseases.


3. Heat Burns

OHSA reports that 5,000  workers are hospitalized as a result of burns each year. Of those 5,000 injuries, 200 of them are fatal. Most burns can be treated and prevented.

Protection against heat isn’t as straightforward as choosing heat-resistant gloves. Different styles are rated for different temperatures, so you’ll need to know the temperature of the object you’re handling; an infrared thermometer can give you an accurate reading.

After you have that info, you’ll also need to determine how long you normally handle the object. Some gloves have a longer protection window before the heat works through.

The SKPX/PSS glove can withstand  600°F at 45 seconds before pain, and the silicone strips along the palm increase your grip and resistance to heat.




4. Chemical Burns

Chemicals are around you every day, and they’re not always in liquid form. Concrete, for example, can burn skin, and so can tile grout – both before and after water is added. Some chemicals can cause a mild reaction, but some can create a chemical burn that’s as severe as any heat burn.

Selecting the right glove material for the hazard is extremely important; you need to ensure that it’ll be able to keep the chemicals away from your hands.

Nitrile, for example, protects against fuels and some solvents. Butyl and Viton®-butyl guard against highly toxic substances and stay flexible when it’s cold.

The wrong material can be like wearing no gloves at all. To keep your hands safe from chemical hazards our chemical resistant gloves will help protect you against those harmful toxic substances.


5. Dermatitis

Dermatitis might sound like a mild problem, and sometimes it is. But some dermatitis reactions involve redness, inflammation, rashes, blisters, dry and cracked skin, and other painful issues. Ouch! That doesn’t sound very fun, does it?

Like allergies, dermatitis doesn’t always happen the same way with all people. You might react to a detergent, and someone else might not. But some gloves themselves trigger dermatitis, so make sure you know the pros and cons of the materials you’re buying.

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Hand injuries never happen when it’s convenient. It’s always when you’re in the middle of something that you’d much rather be doing, whether it’s mixing concrete or sanding a board. They come in a dazzling array of varieties, too.

That’s a lot of information coming your way, here’s a summation.

The three most important things you can do are:

  1. Know the potential hazards.
  2. Pick a glove  material that keeps them away from your skin.
  3. Pick a glove that gives you the dexterity to do your job.

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