Demystifying glove selection
06 April 2016
Glove selection can be a confusing issue, and not only because finding a glove that offers protection, comfort and the necessary dexterity to meet the various challenges and hazards involved in a modern industrial work place is a huge responsibility for H&S departments the world over.
The primary cause of the confusion comes from the solution providers themselves... branded glove suppliers. Catalogues are littered with terms like “13, 15 or 18 gauge liner,” detailed descriptions on the compositions of coatings and unnecessary waffle about the weaves and fabrics within the glove liner.
As a health and safety professional attempting to find a solution to protect staff from a work place hazard you want to know that the glove you select was created with your application in mind. That is where ATG are different from other glove manufacturers. Firstly, they manufacture all of their gloves themselves, operating a strict zero outsourcing policy. Secondly their range was created with applications & workplace environments in mind, the environments that you and your staff encounter on a daily basis.
Work gloves need to offer protection first and foremost. But additionally, they should be comfortable. Nobody wants to wear a glove that makes their hand sweat excessively or causes skin irritation. Finally, it should enhance the hand as a working tool. It needs to offer grip and dexterity and not get in the way of doing your job to the best of your ability. ATG believe that if you are working in a dry environment without the presence of liquids, oils or coolants, then your glove should be breathable to offer the wearer the most comfortable glove experience possible, and not just on the back of the hand. All ATG gloves for dry environments offer 360 degree breathability.
For areas where the parts being handled are wet or oily, depending on the volume and viscosity of the oil, the wearer requires a glove that offers differing levels of liquid protection without compromising on dexterity and grip. For instance, handling of parts with a light film of oil presents different challenges to gloves that immersing your hand into oil or water.
Finally for areas where protection from cuts is required, you need not only gloves featuring innovative cut resistant fibres, but they may also be required to offer protection from liquids or in instances where the working environment is dry, the wearer should not be forced to compromise on comfort and breathability.
It really can be that simple. Nearly all industrial applications can be broken down into four Environments – Dry, Wet/Oily, Cut and Chemical. Within each work environment ATG have created a range of gloves to offer solutions at various levels of cut resistance. Finally, a range that was created not only with every day applications in mind, but one that is presented in a clear and simple fashion to help you find the best solution to your hand protection requirements in the shortest possible time.
ATG’s unique thinking on hand protection, focusing on attributes such as comfort, performance & cleanliness has allowed them to develop 4 brands that represent 90% of the jobs people do. In conjunction with this innovation and insight, Keypoint Industrial Solutions have conducted numerous glove rationalisation programmes within organisations, both large and small all over the UK & Ireland. We have managed to reduce, not only the volume of gloves used annually but also the number of gloves required to be held on site and crucially long term consumable costs. This is all done with the only complete glove range in the world to be fully REACH compliant, certified by Oeko-Tex and accredited by the Skin Health Alliance as being skin friendly thanks to rigorous allergy and skin patch testing.
Additionally ATG’s gloves are the only range in the world to be completely free from Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC).
If you are interested in a free of charge glove survey please contact Chris Busby UK & Ireland, South Africa & Malaysia Country Manager +44 (0)7817648779