Safety at Work in Construction

Yellow Construction Work Gloves Isolated on White Background.

Safety gloves are among the personal protective equipment (PPE) that OSHA requires businesses to give their staff. The PPE, as it is known, must be supplied by and paid for by the employer. This will help Arlington workers.

Selecting the Proper Gloves

Here are a few elements to consider while picking the appropriate gloves. What precise sorts of chemicals will you be handling, if any? Are those substances just coming into touch with you as well? Or do you dip your hands directly into the chemicals?

What sort of grip is needed for your job? Some gloves are particularly good at resisting gripping, while others are not. Is heat protection necessary? Are you at risk for several abrasion-related dangers? Is it because of the gloves’ size and comfort? 

Safety Glove Types

Safety gloves come in four different varieties or categories and offer protection from a variety of risks or exposures:

  • The first category consists of leather, canvas, or metal mesh gloves. These are intended to guard against cuts and abrasions.
  • The second category includes cloth or fabric covered with plastic gloves. They have abrasion resistance built into them.
  • The interior of the hand portion of the third type of glove is covered in plastic. That is intended to strengthen your grasp.
  • Chemical-resistant gloves and rubber gloves with insulation are included in the fourth category. Neoprene, latex, butyl, and nitrile are a few of the materials used to make chemical-resistant gloves. They all function a little bit differently as well.

For information on what each specific glove is intended to guard against, consult the manufacturer’s instructions. Additionally, you will learn what it might not protect you from at all or only somewhat.

In addition, OSHA provides a chart from the Department of Energy that details the four different kinds of plastic or rubber gloves and how effectively they protect your hands from certain chemicals.

Proper Upkeep and Care

The correct cleaning and maintenance of safety gloves are also crucial because they are susceptible to harm. They will not offer you the necessary protection if they are ripped or punctured.

Fill the open end of the rubber-like gloves with water, then roll it towards the fingers to examine whether they have been punctured. If you do it that way, you can tell whether the glove has any pinhole-sized holes.

If there are, throw the glove away and buy some fresh ones, as you need them to protect you from the chemicals you are handling. 

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