Gloves are for Sissies (and Other Non-Truths)
We’ve covered the importance of hand protection on the site a couple of times before — it’s kind of our thing.
Believe it or not, there is 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.
This post addresses non-truths and common complaints about gloves.
Non-Truth #1: Gloves are for Sissies
I blame the Village People for this, since they are the original macho men.
If even one of them wore the proper hand protection when depicting workers in traditionally male-dominated industries including construction, ranching, military and law enforcement, I wouldn’t be writing this article today.
Gloves aren’t exclusively for “sissies,” they are for anyone who wants to protect one of their most used extremities — their hands — plain and simple.
If you don’t believe me, maybe you’ll believe NASA.
Michelle M., an Environmental Engineer for the space agency stated the following about our TenActiv™ 18-Gauge Cut-Resistant Glove:
“These gloves made the tasks easier to accomplish since there was no loss of dexterity in the digits.”
Non-Truth #2: Gloves are Uncomfortable and Don’t Fit Right:
While this is still a common complaint about gloves, it used to be a major concern in many industries.
For a long time leather split fitters gloves were the only option.
These gloves are fairly thick and only come in one size.
However, 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.
You won’t realize it at first but when you say that your gloves are uncomfortable, it could be because of the palm coating.
If that’s the case, look to polyurethane.
Polyurethane palm coating allows the most freedom of movement for hands and will provide a touch sensitivity that might not be found in thicker palm coatings like nitrile or latex.
Non-Truth #3: Calluses are Nature’s Hand Protection
There are only two situations were this is true:
- Protecting yourself from ever feeling the touch of another human again.
- Protecting your bank account from having to purchase sand paper because your hands do that job now.
Calluses seem to be a point of pride for people, they represent hard work and not letting pain get in the way of completing a task.
The problem with this logic is that wearing proper hand protection isn’t deterring you from working hard. It means there is less recovery time required between shifts.
“And this, kids, is why you should wear gloves.”
Non-Truth #4: 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.
Chances are, if you’re reading this article, you already know the importance of wearing PPE, including hand protection.
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