Safety Mate are exclusive distributors of the John Ward range of quality gloves that provide optimum comfort to the user.
Strikethrough is the term given when the coating of the gloves appears on the inside of the glove. To check for strikethrough, the glove, when turned inside out should show the liner material. If there is any coating material on the inside, then the glove has strikethrough.
Glove liners are dipped in a process which should result in the liner being coated on the outside of the glove liner only. When this technology is not used, strikethrough of the coating occurs. This results in the coating coming in direct contact with the skin.
This has significant discomfort implications, namely the following:
- Gloves are less breathable
- Heat builds up in the gloves
- Hands become sweaty
- Hands ‘slip’ within the gloves
Besides the above issues, there are 3 other important factors:
There have been tests relating to the manufacture of PU gloves which involves potentially harmful levels of DMF (Dimethyl Formamide) – which is a well known toxic solvent.
If a glove wearer works in an environment with moving parts and machinery and there is a risk of the hand getting caught and injured, it is important that the glove does not assist in this type of injury.
If, for example, the tip of the hand gets caught in the machinery, the person should still be able to safely pull their hand out of the glove and leave only the glove behind in the machinery. Gloves with strikethrough limit this happening.
To test, simply try pulling the glove off the hand from the fingertips of the glove. The easier this happens, the safer for the wearer in these applications.
Most companies acknowledge that safety and comfort come before cost. However, in the competitive industrial environment, cost is always a factor. Gloves that are more comfortable are more likely to be worn for longer.
The John Ward range of gloves offers the following features and benefits:
- No or minimal strikethrough of coating
- Gloves are sanitised with an anti-microbial treatment
- Gloves are Actifresh treated – a deodorant for gloves
- Extensive sizing for optimal fit
- DMF and solvent free manufacturing process
- Comply with Australian standards