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The future of hand protection

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Over the last few years, safety in the work place has become a more important issue.

There is a need for safety gear to match the job requirement and to have the necessary Standards to ensure consistent quality and required protection levels.

This has resulted in technology being used to manufacture gloves that provide superior protection and comfort at an acceptable cost.

There is a move in the market to try and find a general purpose glove that can replace the many gloves out there that are all used for very similar applications.

Quite often, hand injuries are the result of people not having the correct or appropriate hand protection. And in many instances, injuries are a result of people not wearing hand protection at all.
 
The common reasons given are that gloves are not comfortable or prohibit a person from carrying out a task effectively. So, the ideal glove in these instances would need a) to provide the necessary protection, b) to be comfortable to wear and c) to offer good dexterity to perform tasks effectively.

The move has been towards synthetic gloves which tend to last longer which means they are more economical, but also importantly provide the necessary protection levels with the added benefit of comfort.

When selecting synthetic gloves there are important factors to consider:

Do the gloves meet the required Australian Standards AS/ZS 2161.3:2005.

Are the gloves provided the required protection levels – in most general purpose handling applications, Abrasion and Tear resistance are important factors – look at the 4 digit number on gloves that meet the Standards.

The first digit represents Abrasion resistance and the 3rd digit represents Tear resistance. The higher the number, the better the protection with 4 being the highest possible.
 
It is important to note that a level 4 abrasion glove does not offer slightly better abrasion protection when compared to a level 3 abrasion glove, but significantly better protection – this could be as much as 4 times more abrasion protection

Is there any strike-through of the coating – to check for strike-through, turn the glove inside out – if you can see any of the outside coating coming through to the inside of the gloves, then this is regarded as strike-through.

Strike-through results in the coating coming in to contact with the skin of the hand. This leads to discomfort as the hands will tend to sweat more as heat tends to build up.

This also might lead to skin irritations. Gloves where only the liner is in contact with the hands are more breathable. This is an important factor as gloves that are less comfortable are less likely to be worn.

Is the protective coating sufficient – does it cover all the necessary parts of the hand – for palm coated gloves, does the coating cover the entire palm or does it fall short.

Many synthetic gloves are only palm coated – i.e. they do not protect the back of the hand as only palm and finger protection may be required.

But, there may be instances where the back of the hand (knuckle area) may need to be protected. Is a fully coated version of the glove available to protect the entire hand where this protection is required?

Are the gloves well-formed and comfortable to wear. When the gloves are fitted, do they feel comfortable and snug? Do they feel like a second skin or does it roll up and ripple?

Does the coating stretch when fitted and not just the liner? Dexterity while wearing gloves is an important factor these days. If the liner stretches but the coating does not, then this makes for more discomfort. Gloves that are more comfortable are more likely to be worn

Are the gloves offered in a range of sizes to suit all hand sizes. This again relates to the comfort factor. Sizes available should be sizes 6 through to 11.

Are the gloves treated in any way for added user comfort and benefit. There are two treatments which are sometimes added to gloves. One is ActiFresh – this is “deodorant” for gloves – to keep the gloves smelling fresh after use, whuch leads tothe gloves lasting longer as they are less likely to be thrown away.

The other is Sanitzed – this is an anti-microbrial treatment which can help protect the hands from certain viruses, bacteria and fungi, which one can come into contact with in the workplace.

Safety Mate  is proud to introduce the MaxiFlex glove which meets all these exacting criteria.

This unique exciting range with patented technology, offers the following benefits/features:

  • Excellent comfort for users lessens the urge to remove the gloves – hands that are protected for longer are less likely to be injured.
  • Excellent hand protection for increased safety. MaxiFlex offers the highest abrasion and tear protection according to AS/NZS 2161.3:2005 – both score a level 4.
  • Increased dexterity providing for increased productivity
  • Breathability of gloves for added comfort
  • No/minimal strikethrough of the coating to the inside of glove – minimizing the risk of skin irritation, increased comfort through less sweaty hands.
  • MaxiFlex Gloves are Sanitized (anti-microbial treatment).
  • MaxiFlex Gloves are Actifresh treated (special deodorant) – reduces offensive odours.
  • MaxiFlex Gloves are non-marking and lint-free
  • MaxiFlex Gloves are silicone and solvent free
  • Extensive sizing range from sizes 6 to 11 to suit all hand sizes.
  • Complies with Australian Standards & European Standards

Available in fully coated version (34-876)

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