Clearing Up Misconceptions about Cut Resistant Gloves

Clearing Up Misconceptions about Cut Resistant Gloves

A common misconception about cut resistant gloves is they protect against every possible hazard. This is a myth. Even the sturdiest cut resistant glove will puncture when exposed to hazards it’s not designed to protect against.

The majority of workers suffer hand injuries because they’re not wearing safety gloves; the remainder suffer injuries because the gloves they’re wearing aren’t ideal for protection against hazards in their workplace, or because the gloves are damaged, or ineffective against hazards. In many workplaces cut-proof gloves may seem essential for safety; however, selecting the perfect glove for protection against workplace hazards can be confusing. This confusion arises from the myth of the existence of cut-proof gloves. Cut-proof gloves are a myth; there is no glove that is completely cut-proof. Even the sturdiest safety glove when exposed to an extreme enough hazard, will puncture. 

 

Manufacturers of safety gloves make cut-resistant gloves that protect against hazards of various intensities. All cut-resistant gloves provide adequate protection against hazards they’re designed to protect against but no cut-resistant glove is cut-proof. When workers equipped with cut-resistant gloves work in hazardous settings as though they’re wearing cut-proof gloves, it can cause hand injuries. Cut-resistant gloves are worn not because they make workers impervious to hand injuries, but because when a worker wearing a cut resistant glove injures his or her hand, the hand may only need a band-aid instead of stitches.

Testing Safety Gloves

Gloves can be tested to gauge their effectiveness against hazards. Gloves made to higher specifications provide greater safety. However there is no perfect safety glove, rather the perfect glove is one that allows workers to do their job well, as safely as possible. No safety glove is designed to protect against a direct cut by a pair of scissors. Even the perfect glove, if it existed, couldn’t do so. Similarly, safety gloves cannot protect against cutting tools like saw’s or machetes.

If a safety glove is to be reliable, it must meet established standards. To ensure safety gloves provide adequate protection,they are tested and rated. The American National Standard Institute (ANSI)tests and rates safety gloves by measuring the cut resistance of the material used to make gloves. Using a TDM-100 machine, a materials cut resistance is measured against a razor blade at specific loads. During this test, measuring errors are accounted for by using a new blade for each test. A new blade is used for each test because continuous testing will dull a blade and lead to erroneous results. The safety standards set by ANSI are among the highest in the world making gloves that meet them among the safest Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). European Norms (EN) are similarly stringent and perform tests that are similar to ANSI. 

Materials that Offer Superior Cut Resistance

Human skin cuts easily demand the use of safety gloves in industrial and other workplace settings. Many safety gloves are made up of animal leather which cuts relatively easily. Safety gloves that offer superior cut-resistance than leather gloves have Kevlar lining. Many such cut resistant gloves provide 360-degree protection because they’re made from high-performance yarns like Kevlar or High-Performance Polyethylene (HPPE). KARAM Industries manufacture a range of gloves made from HPPE.

Cut resistant gloves made from Kevlar and HPPE provide 5 to 10 times the cut protection of leather gloves. Gloves can provide enhanced protection when a suitable coating is applied to their surface. The enhanced protection from the coating is only present in the area where it is applied. Gloves made from two engineered composite yarns like Kevlar and steel provide even greater protection than gloves made from Kevlar or HPPE. Such gloves provide 20 times the protection that leather gloves of identical weight do and are ideal for use in industries like metal stamping, butchery, and paper and pulp.

While gloves made from engineered composite yarns, Kevlar, and HPPE are useful to secure workers safety, they should be used in suitable settings.For instance, equipping a worker who uses scissors thrice a day with gloves made from composite yarn is likely to make his job difficult. Wearing such gloves, a worker will certainly find it harder to do his job increasing the likelihood he removes the gloves. Workers in certain industries equipped with the wrong glove may remove them increasing the chance they suffer a hand injury.

KARAM Industries Manufactures Highest Rated Safety Gloves

Safety gloves manufactured by KARAM Industries meet European Norms EN and have the CE certification. Like the ANSI, European Norms are among the most stringent globally. The following safety gloves are manufactured by KARAM Industries.

Orange Liner with Black Crinkle Latex

These gloves protect against cuts and offer superior grip. Because of their fine gauge of polyester liner, they offer excellent breathability. Their dense construction provides high abrasion and tear resistance. They are ideal for light to medium parts handing, construction material handling, maintenance, and warehousing. Because of their orange and black colour combination, these gloves are aesthetically pleasing. Their seamless liner from Japanese automatic knitting machines gives them an evenly tensioned surface making them an excellent fit that allows good dexterity to wearers. The crinkle latex coating of these gloves provides an excellent grip and allows wearers to perform mechanical tasks with ease. These gloves are ergonomic and conform to the shape of the wearer’s hand.

Black Liner with Black PU Coating

These gloves provide excellent cut protection to workers in the pharmaceutical industry. They have been tested to EN 2016 standards and offer high abrasion and tear resistance. Workers doing small parts assembly, assembly of electrical components, microprocessor handling, pharmaceutical manufacturing, cosmetics manufacturing and handling, and automotive work can work safely and easily when equipped with these KARAM gloves. Their seamless liner from Japanese automatic knitting machines gives them an evenly tensioned surface making them an excellent fit that allows good dexterity to wearers. These gloves have low lint because they’re made from polyester yarn. Their polyurethane coating offers good tear and abrasion resistance. These gloves are ergonomic and conform to the shape of the wearer’s hand.

HPPE Liner with Grey PU Coating

These gloves are ideal for wearing when handling sharp objects in industrial settings. These KARAM gloves have passed the newest and most stringent EN cut resistance test. Their unique nylon-spandex blended fibre provides excellent fit, dexterity, and elasticity. When equipped with these gloves workers who handle sharp objects can work safely. Their seamless liner from Japanese automatic knitting machines gives them an evenly tensioned surface making them an excellent fit that allows good dexterity to wearers. These KARAM gloves have an open back design that allows good ventilation and their dark colour masks dirt that may collect on their surface. Cut resistant gloves don’t make those wearing them invulnerable to every hazard. When used as intended cut resistant gloves prevent severe injury. There is no glove that protects against every kind of hazard and no glove is optimal for every job. The best safety glove is one that allows workers to do their jobs as easily and safely as

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