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Julie Copeland

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The right gloveOSHA requires employers to provide hand protection when employee’s hands are exposed to hazards such as those from skin absorption of harmful substances; severe cuts or lacerations; severe abrasions; punctures; chemical burns; thermal burns; and harmful temperature extremes. Work gloves not only protect workers against injuries, they also protect consumers in environments where employees handle food. So how are you supposed to provide the correct glove for each situation or application?

The first and most important step in proper glove selection is your hazard assessment.  When selecting the proper glove be sure to consider grip requirements, size and comfort and abrasion/resistance requirements.  Below is a list of some basic hazards for you to use when doing your hazard assessment.

Hand Hazards & Appropriate Glove Selection

Chemical Exposure

Use chemical resistant gloves as recommended by MSDS. Consider the type of chemical, duration of contact and the area requiring protection.

Sharp edges, splinters, etc.

Leather / cut resistant gloves


Metal mesh, Kevlar, steel mesh, heavy leather gloves

Temperature extremes - heat

Leather gloves, Kevlar gloves, welder’s gloves,

Temperature extremes - cold

Leather gloves, insulated gloves


Nitrile gloves

Product contamination

Plastic, cotton, nylon

Animal bites

Leather / cut resistant gloves

Exposure to electrical current

Electrical protective gloves / insulated rubber gloves

Sharp tools, machine parts, etc.

Leather gloves, Kevlar gloves

Material handling

Leather gloves

Rough objects

General purpose work gloves

Dirt, slivers, chafing and abrasions.

Fabric and Coated fabric gloves

Handling bricks and wire or chemical laboratory containers

Coated fabric gloves

Reassessment of the workplace should be conducted when new equipment or processes are introduced that could create new or additional hazards. If necessary, new training must be completed. Accident records should be reviewed and the suitability of previously selected PPE be reevaluated, if warranted.

When the supervisor has reason to believe that any affected employee who has been trained does not have the understanding or skills required to use the personal protective equipment properly, the supervisor shall retrain such employees and document the retraining.

Retraining is also required when there have been changes in the workplace or personal protective equipment that render previous training obsolete, or when there are inadequacies in the affected employee's knowledge or use of the assigned personal protective equipment.

Arbill carries a complete line of hand protection for all situations and applications.  Don’t stress over choosing the appropriate hand protection - contact your Arbill representative today to schedule a site audit.  Our EH&S professionals will assess your work hazards and recommend the best hand protection for your employees.  Visit arbill.com for more information and subscribe to our Safety Blog to keep receiving important safety tips.

Topics: Arbill, hand protection, keep your employees safe

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