Three Quick Tips for Buying Cut-Resistant Gloves
When deciding on the right PPE for your workplace, there are many factors that can play into your decision, including personal responsibilities, government standards or specific, on-the-job hazards.
Choosing the right cut-resistant glove is no different.
Whether you’re new to cut resistance or a veteran of industry safety, knowing your options can make a world of difference.
Here are three quick tips on getting the most out of your gloves.
#3: What’s Your Cut Level? CE or ANSI?
Depending on whether you’re operating in Europe or North America, the test used to measure your glove’s cut-resistance level can vary. Use of the ANSI test is required in North America but in Europe, you’ll likely encounter the CE test.
Although the TDM-100 cut resistance testing machine is recommended in both jurisdictions, (and the set standard in North America) use of the Coup Test machine is mandatory in Europe for a product needing to be certified.
Remember, while the cut resistance level of your glove is key, making sure you’re adhering to your appropriate geographical standard is equally important.
#2: Leather Isn’t Always King
Under the right circumstances, leather can be a great asset in the workplace. But when cut resistance is a top priority, it shouldn’t be your first choice.
Leather is only animal skin, so without additional support, its cut-resistant properties are minimal at best. To achieve cut-resistance, your leather glove needs a liner made of specially engineered yarns like Kevlar®, Dyneema®, or our new extreme cut glove yarn made from a blend of para-aramid and wire. These special materials are designed to maximize cut resistance without hinderance from a more cumbersome design.
Curious about leather’s other great uses? Our Bad-Ass Guide to Leather Work Gloves is the only resource you’ll ever need.
#1: Comfort Is Key
One of the most underrated parts of glove selection is personal comfort. Sure, cut level, durability and price are all important things to consider but if the glove doesn’t allow for breathability and dexterity, you’ll be much less likely to actually wear it.
As we’ve talked about before in our PPE Bible, the use of improper gloves can put you at an even greater risk for a workplace injury.
Don’t let the cutting board or the kitchen hold you back. Check out our blog on food manufacturing safety.
Proper glove sizing and all-day comfort should be top of mind for any employer when looking to protect their employees. Wearing the most effective glove for the job can help maximize your chances for success.