Choosing the correct type of PPE gloves is important: incorrect choices can increase the risk of injury.
Safety gloves protect the hands against job hazards such as cuts, abrasions, burns, punctures, cold temperatures, and chemical or biomedical contamination. Hand injuries are extremely common.
Over 42% of non-fatal upper extremity injuries involving days away from work involved the hands in some way. Employees working in the offshore oil and gas, mining, manufacturing, transport, and construction industries are especially vulnerable to hand-related injuries.
Utility gloves is a broad term, describing anything from thick, abrasion-resistant safety gloves for warehouse work to rubber PPE gloves for use in medical environments. Waterproof utility gloves are often needed for outdoor work, providing dryness and warmth in a wide range of damp, cold conditions. Cut-resistant gloves are recommended for the food industry and other industries where puncture or laceration wounds are potential risks.
It’s important to remember that tough and durable though utility gloves are, they are the last line of defense against injury. Altering the work environment to reduce or eliminate injury risk is the first response to any potential hazard. If risks remain when all workplace changes are made, however, a good set of safety gloves can prevent serious injuries. Browse our selection of customizable PPE gloves, or contact us to discuss which utility gloves that best suit your workplace safety needs.