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Do you know what kind of puncture-resistant glove you need? Are you choosing the right kind according to safety and industry standards? If you do, this can be a good refresher. If you don’t know, relax, this blog is for you!
Off the top, it’s important to lay out the ground rules, just like there are no cut-proof gloves, there are no puncture-proof gloves, only puncture-resistant ones. There are different levels of puncture resistance and this blog gives some tips so you can pick the right pair.
If you are dealing with larger objects that pose a puncture threat (lumber industry, metal fabrication, waste collection) you should choose a glove that has been tested according to EN 388:1994 puncture standard, which uses a relatively large needle probe.
If you are dealing with fine sharp objects such as hypodermic needles, you should select a glove that has been tested according to ASTM F2878 standard.This standard uses a 25 gauge medical needle.
Most puncture gloves only protect the palm area of the hand, which is okay for many applications — just be sure you are aware of this and that workers don’t have a false sense of invincibility with these gloves. Full-coverage puncture gloves are also available but the trade-off is they tend to be higher in price and comfort and dexterity becomes slightly diminished.
What other features do you need in your gloves that are specific to your Industry?
Once you’ve figured out the right puncture standard, ensure you have the most comfortable glove possible (and remember that comfort is a relative term when talking about puncture gloves). No amount of cajoling or incentives will get your team to wear uncomfortable gloves.
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