An uncapped needle is one of the scariest threats someone can come in contact with. If someone’s been pricked by a needle, the chances of contracting a bloodborne pathogen is low, but the anxiety that runs through them until they receive their results is through the roof.
Waste collectors and healthcare workers in high risk areas face this threat on a regular basis. We even wrote a blog about the treatment and preventative steps that should be taken.
When it comes to preventing needle-sticks to the hands, gloves are one of the only options. But choosing a puncture-resistant glove tested to the correct standard makes all the difference.
If you need needle-resistant gloves, these are your two options.
ASTM F2878 Gloves or EN 388 Gloves?
In this blog we’ll identify your various options for puncture resistance based on the ASTM F2878 standard and the EN 388 standard. But first let’s explain the difference between the two with a quick, one-minute video.
The 4 Basic Puncture-Resistant Materials:
Puncture-resistant materials are made from 4 basic types of materials, with the major pros and cons of each:
1. Leather Puncture-Resistant Gloves
Since there have been so many technological advancements to the glove manufacturing processes over the years, leather is best suited for blunt puncture resistance (EN 388 standard).
gloves made of multiple layers of leather can be very puncture-resistant against larger puncture hazards.
While leather offers excellent protection against many other types of hazards that you might encounter in the workplace, thick leather gloves tend to be stiff, have poor dexterity, and provide poor puncture resistance against fine puncture hazards like hypodermic needles.
2. Metal Mesh Puncture-Resistant Gloves
Multiple layers of tightly-woven metal mesh are used in the creation of some types of puncture-resistant gloves. Metal mesh is fantastic for both large and fine puncture hazards when applied in a large number of layers (typically 8-10).
It’s not very comfortable and the metal can break down with extended wear over time.
3. Woven Kevlar® Puncture-Resistant Gloves
Densely woven Kevlar® can provide phenomenal puncture resistance against both large and fine puncture hazards (EN 388 & ASTM F2878 respectively).
Woven Kevlar® also provides impressive cut resistance, which is a big advantage in most workplaces where puncture hazards are a threat.
Woven Kevlar® generally needs to be applied in two or more layers in order to provide sufficient protection against needle hazards.
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