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What are Heat-Resistant Gloves?

by Joe Geng on July 20, 2016

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Do you work around hot materials or in high temperatures? Although they might not be discussed as often as cut or puncture risks, heat hazards can be just as dangerous in the workplace — or, depending on the nature of the work that you’re doing, even more threatening. Because of this, whether your concern is being able to safely handle piping hot pieces of metal or avoid experiencing heat stress symptoms after working in extreme temperatures, the best thing you can do if heat hazards are a factor in your workplace is make sure you’re wearing the PPE that will provide you with the greatest amount of protection.

Thankfully, nowadays, there’s a wide variety of work gloves and sleeves available on the market that are crafted with these types of risks in mind. This way, when you’re equipped with the right heat-resistant PPE, the only thing you’ll have to worry about is getting the job done.

What are Heat-Resistant Gloves?

Heat-resistant gloves are work gloves that are designed to protect workers’ hands from burns or other injuries that can result from coming into contact with extremely hot objects, working near sparks or flames, or from being exposed to high temperatures in the workplace. Since the severity of heat hazards can vary from low to extreme depending on the application or industry, certain heat-resistant gloves are better suited to some workplaces over others.

What Type of Gloves Protect Against Heat?

The type of heat hazard that’s present will influence which hand protection you should be wearing. And, since certain materials offer different advantages than others, you’ll notice that the materials used to make heat-resistant work gloves can vary from glove to glove.

Some of the materials that are commonly used to make heat-resistant work gloves include Kevlar®, terry knit, carbon fiber, SilaChlor®, or even a combination of the above. When it comes to heat-resistant gloves, Kevlar® is a very popular choice because of the many benefits it offers: it can withstand extreme temperatures (up to 800° F, to be exact) without melting, it’s flame-resistant, and extremely cut-resistant. For those in need of gloves that provide both reliable heat protection and excellent insulation, terry knit gloves are another great option since the material will trap air within the glove. If you’re looking for a heat-resistant glove with a little more dexterity, SilaChlor®-lined styles are a good choice because they give you the heat protection you need while maintaining their flexibility. Work gloves designed for welders or other extreme-heat applications may also feature durable leather (like cowhide or goatskin), a Kevlar® liner for additional protection against flames or heat, and/or an aluminized liner to deflect high temperatures away from the hands.

In order to provide workers with the maximum number of benefits in the workplace, most heat-resistant glove styles feature a combination of these high-performing materials. This way, along with providing an impressive level of heat protection, the glove will also protect the worker against other common workplace hazards (such as cuts, abrasion, or puncture risks) at the same time.

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How Do I Choose the Right Heat-Resistant Work Gloves?

The amount of heat protection required is subjective according to the work conditions. However, there are a few factors you should think about in order to ensure that you choose the heat-resistant glove that’s best for you.

Consider the following:

  • Is degradation an issue?
  • How much insulation do I need?
  • What is the temperature of the workplace I’ll be in?
  • Will I be handling heated objects? What will be the actual temperature of the objects? How long will I be holding them for? (ie. What will the ‘time to pain’ be?)
  • How much dexterity will I require in order to get the job done? Will mitts or gloves be more beneficial in my workplace?

When it comes to choosing the best style of heat-resistant gloves for the job, all of these factors are important. For example, the temperature of the object will determine what type of fiber is required. And, if having a full range of movement in your hands is crucial for getting the job done, you won’t want to be wearing a glove that provides excellent heat protection but is extremely bulky and hard to manoeuvre. Basically, you’ll want want to make sure that you haven’t chosen a glove that’s so thick that you won’t be able to do your job, but you don’t want one that’s too thin to provide you with enough heat protection. For this reason, it’s crucial that when choosing your next pair of heat-resistant gloves, you keep your work conditions and job requirements top of mind.

Searching for your next pair of work gloves? Why not browse our heat-resistant gloves section? We offer a number of different glove styles that were crafted with these types of hazards in mind. And, if you find a pair that you think might work for you, why not request a free sample? That’s right — we’re more than happy to send you a sample pair so that you can take them out for a test drive before committing. We want you to make sure that you’ve chosen the best option for your workplace.

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