Hands are typically the most exposed body parts in industrial applications. Thus, they are at high risk of injuries from cuts, piercings and chemicals. Consequently, gloves form an essential part of the personal protective equipment (PPE) for all industrial applications.
When buying protective gloves for your employees, it is vital to match their performance level to your application. Various types of resistance affect their performance in different ways. Here are the three primary types of resistance that should guide your selection.
This protection factor refers to the required number of cycles that can wear down your safety gloves using sandpaper under a predetermined pressure. Abrasion resistance is measured in cycles and graded one to four. Gloves with grade-four abrasion resistance require 8,000 cycles to erode their material, while those with grade-one strength require approximately 100 cycles.
Blade Cut Resistance
This denotes the number of blade revolutions at a constant speed necessary to cut through the glove’s material. It is measured in factors and indicated in grades one to five. Grade-five blade cut resistance gloves require ten blade revolutions, while those with grade-one resistance need 1.2 blade revolutions.
This indicates the force it takes to pierce your glove’s material using a regularly sized point. Puncture resistance is measured in newtons and graded one to four. Gloves with a puncture resistance of grade one can be punctured with 20 newtons of force, while those with grade-four ratings require 150 newtons to pierce.
Industries use various materials for safety gloves. The given types of resistance apply across all materials. The abrasion resistance of safety gloves is expressed with a pictogram of a hammer in addition to its performance grade. Puncture and blade cut resistance levels are only indicated in numbers.