Ansell Industrial Healthcare presents a range of work gloves made from specially engineered yarns to provide significantly better cut protection, comfort and dexterity.
Ansell’s cut protection gloves include the HyFlex 11-624 gloves that combine comfort and flexibility with optimal cut resistance.
According to Ansell’s Asia Pacific Head of Marketing, Greg Plemmons, though leather gloves may offer a certain level of cut protection, leather is just skin despite its thickness and can be cut as easily as human skin, especially when it is wet or covered with oil.
On the other hand, work gloves made from specially engineered yarns such as Kevlar, Dyneema or Spectra have been designed to provide significantly better cut protection as well as superior comfort and dexterity compared with leather gloves, with the added advantage of thinner material.
Though workers are aware of safety precautions, many will risk injury because of discomfort or lack of dexterity and tactile sensation in leather gloves, often removing them to adjust machinery or carry out tasks made more difficult by wearing them.
He adds that some employers unwittingly ignore the risk to staff and their productivity by issuing leather gloves that only provide minimal protection and poor tactile performance.
Given that professionals, engineers and tradespeople often go to great lengths to protect assets that enable them to perform their work and protect their income, he believes that leather gloves no longer make sense as a viable option to protect one’s hands with the availability of cost-effective high technology hand protection that provides comfort, sensitive feel and dexterity to the user.