The 7 Best Gloves for the Pulp and Paper Industry
It’s no secret that workers in the pulp and paper industry need reliable, dexterous gloves with a good level of cut protection.
On top of this, workers in pulp and paper have to work with a variety of wet and dry conditions and face a myriad of hazards including: cuts, punctures, impact and poor grip.
These injuries can happen in many forms: during machine maintenance, handling slitter blades or from bleaching chemicals.
We reached out to our New England Territory Manager to pick his 7 favorite work gloves for the pulp and paper industry.
1. TenActiv™ 18-Gauge High-Dexterity Cut-Resistant Glove:
Most companies in the pulp and paper industry have a safety mandate that everyone must wear a minimum cut level A4 glove.
That makes this award-winning cut-resistant glove a great option for everyday pulp and paper tasks.
- High-dexterity 18-gauge knit conforms to the movement of your hand compared to thicker gauges of yarn
- Specially formulated palm coating for better grip in wet conditions
- Touchscreen compatible fingertips
2. Endura® Cut-Resistant Goatskin Anti-Impact Driver Gloves
Back-of-hand injuries are a serious concern in the pulp and paper industry. This includes knocks and bumps when repairs machinery to more serious crushing injuries.
While a glove won’t prevent the latter types of accidents, the right style can certainly mitigate knuckle bashing injuries.
This Endura® leather anti-impact glove has a little bit of everything.
- Black rubber along the fingers and back of the hand reduce impact injuries
- Cut-resistant liner for ANSI A4 cut protection
- Gel padded palms to limit vibration from pneumatic tools
3. TenActiv™ Hi-Viz Composite Knit Glove with Polyurethane Palm Coating
Hi-viz PPE is more becoming more popular in every industry. It’s beneficial because it means that others can easily spot you and you’re more aware of your hand placement.
- High cut resistance (ANSI level A5)
- Polyurethane palm coating for good ‘tacky’ grip
- TenActiv™ yarn feels cool against the skin
4. TenActiv™ Hi-Viz Cut Glove With Micropore Nitrile Grip and Leather Thumb
Don’t let looks deceive you.
This hi-viz glove is NOT the same at glove #4. It has two BIG differences.
Difference #1: Palm Coating
This glove features a black palm coating that has been specially formulated to act like a suction cup to give you better grip in wet and oily conditions.
Difference #2: Leather Thumb
Look at the area between the thumb and forefinger in the photo above. There’s a small strip of leather that is stitched over the area that we lovingly call the “thumb crotch.”
This piece of leather improves the lifespan of the glove by reinforcing this high-wear area.
Other Key Features:
- High ANSI level a5 cut resistnace
- Hi-viz lime green color for increased safety
- TenActiv™ yarn is very breathable
5. Emerald CX® 7-Gauge Cut-Resistant Slabber Glove
Like the name suggests these slabber gloves are designed for one purpose:
To protect you from getting a serious cut from a slabber blade
Sometimes called a slitting blade, reel cleaner or paper stripper. This machine takes giant reels of paper and cuts them into various sizes.
As the slabber blade wears down, it must be replaced.
These blades can be up ten inches or more in diameter, which provides ample opportunity for accidents during the changing process.
- Extreme ANSI level A8 cut protection
- PVC dotted fingers improve grip
- Extended cuff protects wrist and forearm from cuts and slashes
6. Emerald CX® 10-Gauge Cut-Resistant Glove with Foam Nitrile Palm
Not all situations require the extreme cut resistance like in the slabber glove shown above.
Some situations require more dexterity and less material interference like when handling die cutters, slitter blades, and utility knives.
These gloves offer excellent cut protection but also a high level of dexterity, perfect for handling these dangers.
- Specially formulated palm coating for excellent grip in wet and dry conditions
- ANSI level A6 cut resistance
- Treated with Ultra-Fresh to achieve 99.9% antimicrobial status
7. Chemstop™ PVC Gloves with Kevlar® Liner and Full Nitrile Coating
One aspect of safety in the pulp and paper industry that we haven’t yet explored is chemical protection.
Chemicals, like bleach, are used heavily in the pulp and paper industry to create the snow white color of paper we’re used to.
If you’re coming into contact with chemicals, you’ll need a good chemical-resistant glove. If you’re coming into contact with chemicals and cut hazards, then you’ll need these gloves.
- Red PVC base coat resists a variety of chemicals and black nitrile top coating gives better grip in wet conditions
- Fully Kevlar®-lined for ANSI level A4 protection
- Ergonomically shaped to reduce hand fatigue
Since there is a wide variety of tasks going on in pulp and paper, and there’s a wide variety of risks associated with those jobs, there’s a lot of options available.
While these seven gloves only scratch the surface of the options available, these options will keep you safe AND comfortable.
Didn’t find the perfect glove for you?
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