Workplace Hand Protection

When we cannot eliminate a hazard, we need to adopt a control measure, such as wearing personal protective equipment (PPE). Hand injuries are the highest occupational injuries, which can result in long absences from work, or worse; prematurely ending your career altogether. According to research, more than one million workers end up in emergency rooms each year due to hand injuries, and over 60 percent of these patients were not wearing safety gloves. 

Gloves are used in many fields/industries (agriculture, forensics, healthcare, skilled trades, sports etc.) and they have different functionality and purpose. Wearing gloves can provide protection from abrasions, bruises, burns, chemicals, cuts, moisture, punctures, temperature exposure (heat, cold), and other types of occupational hazards. Wearing gloves is proactive, efficient, and a smart occupational health and safety workplace practice. 

In hospitals, wearing gloves create a barrier between contaminates, germs and hands. While on a construction site, they protect workers’ hands from abrasions, burns, cuts, punctures, etc. Choosing the right type of gloves is just as important, as different types of gloves help to improve dexterity and reduce the risk of accidents.  First, identify the hazards to ensure that your glove selection corresponds to the hand protection measures. Check your gloves for the right fit, size, and make sure they are appropriate for the task at hand.

Essential features of gloves

In the article The Power of comfort: how it can improve your life, the author mentions that “comfort supports clear thinking, better decision-making, and more effective problem-solving.” When choosing the personal protective equipment, the focus must be on increasing safety and comfort, because it helps to reduce the anxiety of a potential accident and increase your awareness to make smart decisions at work. 

At TNWSA, we offer a wide range of products and resources to ensure that the gloves meet the essential features:

  • Meeting the workplace requirements specified by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to ensure hands protection and offer to workers an accessible, flexible material to help accomplish a task,
  • Waterproof gloves to keep the hands warm and dry, i.e. Snickers Weather Flex Dry Gloves;
Snickers Weather Flex Dry Gloves
  • Durable gloves, i.e. Snickers Weather Dry Gloves;
  • Breathable means there is zero water-resistance; it will work for outdoor activities. Because it will help regulate body temperature and increase the user’s comfort.
  • For dry, wet or oily surfaces, i.e. Snickers Power Flex Guard Gloves;
  • Elastic cuffs for a comfortable fit, i.e. Shell Series Impact & Cut Protection Gloves;
  • Reinforced wing thumb for adding durability and protection, i.e. Shell Series Impact & Cut Protection Gloves;
  • Reinforced seams and Kevlar stitching, i.e. Shell Series Impact, Cut And Skid Protection Gloves. Kevlar thread is stronger, more heat resistant, less stretchy, and more durable. It turns to ashes at about 800F (426C), much higher than nylon or polyester.
  • Offering high-precision work for focusing on the task, i.e. Snickers Precision Cut C Gloves;
  • Bad weather? No worries, Snickers Weather Dry Gloves offer protection which has seams with an anti-wicking thread and use Hipora waterproof membrane, which keeps the hands dry. Hipora is a waterproof film with a polyurethane coating. The products with Hipora are waterproof, windproof, and breathable for enhancing the worker’s comfort.

The Snickers gloves use Polyurethane (PU) for cut-resistant textile work and high-dexterity work, i.e. Snickers Precision Cut C Gloves. PU gives incredible flexibility that your worker will appreciate. This material is breathable, which gives comfort, and the hands do not sweat. They are recommended to be used in dry conditions. Because they offer precision when handling materials, they will be suitable for meticulous tasks. 

All-purpose gloves for women are available in different sizes. A report mentioned in the article PPE isn’t being made for women, and they’re getting hurt shows the importance of providing personal protective equipment that fits properly. TNWSA offers Women’s Fitters Pinstripe Unlined Gloves and Women’s White Drivers Pinstripe Gloves.

 Women’s Fitters Pinstripe Unlined Gloves

Women’s White Drivers Pinstripe Gloves

At TNWSA, we provide accessibility to safety apparel for women working in trades and other hazardous environments to protect their hands and prevent hand injuries, and all the gloves mentioned can be found here Gloves.


Kevlar thread’s properties 

Definition of polyurethane

Polyurethane’s advantages

The power of comfort

The importance of personal protective equipment for women

By Gabriela Mancas, Occupational Health, and Safety Consultant 

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