What are Heat-Resistant Gloves?
Heat-resistant gloves are work gloves 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.
Do you work around hot materials or in high temperatures?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that in 2014 thermal burns accounted for more than 14,000 occupational injuries.
Whether you’re concerned with safely handling hot metal or avoiding experiencing heat stress symptoms after working in extreme temperatures, the best thing you can do in high heat conditions is make sure you’re wearing the right personal protective equipment.
There’s a wide variety of work gloves and sleeves on the market that are crafted with these types of risks in mind.
What Type of Gloves Protect Against Heat?
Materials that are commonly used to make heat-resistant work gloves include Kevlar®, terry knit, carbon fiber, or a combination of these fibers.
The type of heat hazard that’s present will influence which hand protection you should be wearing.
Certain materials offer different advantages than others, so the materials used to make heat-resistant work gloves can vary from glove to glove.
When it comes to heat-resistant gloves, Kevlar® is a popular choice because of the many benefits it offers:
- It can withstand extreme temperatures (up to 800° F) without melting.
- It’s flame resistant.
- It cut resistant.
If you need gloves that provide reliable heat protection and excellent insulation, terry knit gloves are a great option because terry traps air within the glove.
Leather is overlooked for its heat properties, but can withstand 200°F before charring.
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.
How Do I Choose the Right Heat-Resistant Work Gloves?
The amount of heat protection required is subjective to the work conditions. However, there are a few factors to consider in order to ensure that you choose the best heat-resistant glove.
Consider the following:
- Is degradation an issue?
- How much insulation is needed?
- 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?
What’s the Best Heat-Resistant Glove?
When it comes to choosing the best 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.
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 maneuver in.
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