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Gloves are for Sissies (and Other Non-Truths)

by Matt on November 3, 2016

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We’ve covered the importance of hand safety and protection on the site a couple of times before it’s kind of our thing. Believe it or not, there’s still a mentality on job sites that practicing safe work habits is uncool.

While a pair of work gloves will probably never make you look like James Dean, they will help protect you from workplace hazards, meaning you leave a job site the same way you stepped on to it. Today, we are addressing non-truths and common complaints about gloves.
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Gloves are for Sissies:

I blame the Village People for this, since they are the original macho men. They depict workers in traditionally male-dominated industries, like construction, ranching, and law enforcement. If even one of them wore the proper hand protection, I wouldn’t be writing this article today.


Hand protection. Macho men.


Gloves are for anyone who wants to protect one of their most used extremities, plain and simple.

If you don’t believe me, maybe you’ll believe NASA.

Michelle M., an Environmental Engineer for the space agency said “these gloves made the tasks easier to accomplish since there was no loss of dexterity in the digits,” referring to our TenActiv™ 18-Gauge Cut-Resistant Glove.


They are Uncomfortable and Don’t Fit Right:

For a long time leather split fitter gloves were the only option. These gloves are fairly thick and typically only come in one size, making them bulky and uncomfortable to wear.

As technology progressed, textiles have become a viable alternative for glove manufacturers. This means that gloves will have a snugger fit and less bulk — our sizing guide can help determine the exact size glove you should be wearing.

Many users won’t realize it at first, but when they’re talking about discomfort in their gloves, it could be the palm coating. As a rule of thumb, polyurethane palm coating allows the most freedom of movement and better touch sensitivity compared to thicker palm coatings like nitrile or latex.


Calluses are Nature’s Hand Protection:

There are only two situations were this is true:

  1. Protecting yourself from ever feeling the touch of another human again.
  2. Protecting your bank account from having to purchase sand paper because your palms do that job now.

Calluses seem to be a point of pride for people, they represent hard work and working through the pain to complete a task. The problem with this logic is that wearing proper hand protection isn’t deterring workers from working hard, rather it means there is less recovery time needed between shifts.


“And this, kids, is why you should wear gloves.”


My Employees Don’t Need Gloves Because They’re Smart:

Intelligence has nothing to do with it, accidents happen. You wouldn’t start driving erratically just because you’re wearing a seat belt, just like you wouldn’t start taking risks on a job site because you’re wearing hand protection. Performing a task in a safe manner is the first course of action, but it never hurts to have additional measures in place.


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Read “Cutting Corners Doesn’t Pay: How Quality Work Gloves Save You Money.”

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