Workwear, Street Furniture & Waste Management Specialist

How to choose, use and look after your protective gloves

In this section, we provide tips and guidance on how to choose, use and look after your gloves and also on how to dispose of them afterwards.

 

Choosing gloves

Risk assessment.

Assessment of protection needs.

Choice of protective gloves.

011. Risk assessment

Start by examining what risks may be present or may develop in the work environment. This makes it easier to choose the right gloves and to prevent employees from being harmed, falling ill or suffering some other kind of detriment.

  • Sharp objects are the most common cause of hand injuries.
  • Work involving hot objects, hot liquids or welding – or work in an environment with radiant heat or molten metal droplets – can cause severe burns.
  • Work in extreme cold or work involving liquid gas can cause frostbite.
  • Chemicals can cause damage to the inner organs via skin absorption, or to the skin itself through corrosion and hypersensitivity (sensitisation), and can also cause cancer, reduce fertility and damage the gene pool.
  • Biological risks can be harmful to health.
  • Moving machine parts can cause severe crushing.
  • Vibrating machinery and tools can cause vibration injuries.

 

022. Assessment of protection needs

Based on the risk assessments and the job to be done, a suitable protective glove is chosen.The following steps are used:

 

 

Quantify the risks.

  • Decide how much arm/hand needs to be protected + size.
  • Decide the performance level, based on the relevant EN standard.

 

THE SAFETY DATA SHEET is a document containing information on things like health and

environmental hazards and other aspects connected with certain chemical products and substances.

For professional uses, a safety data sheet is mandatory, even for prepackaged products.

 

3. Choice of protective gloves03

Whether the protection requirements are met depends entirely on the glove’s material properties. This is why the result of the materials testing in accordance with the relevant standard is of prime importance when choosing protective gloves. Other important factors are:

  • A good fit – right size and design.
  • Tactile properties – ability to feel objects.
  • Freedom of movement – suppleness of the material.
  • Comfort – whether the glove is comfortable and warm/cool enough.

 

When choosing your glove, you should decide how resistant it needs to be to one or more of the following factors:

 

Abrasion, blade cuts, puncture, heavy wear.

Cold.

Heat.

Relevant chemicals, electrostatic charges or microorganisms.

 

04User Instructions

The instructions for use that accompany the package contain important information for the user. These instructions should therefore be readily available at the workplace.

 

05Looking after your gloves

If protective gloves are re-used, they must be inspected. Are they clean and whole? Have they lost their protective properties? The instructions for use must show how the gloves are to be cleaned, dried and stored; they should also be clean inside.

 

If the gloves have been used for dealing with hazardous chemicals, they should be thrown away at the end of the working day – or earlier.

 

Gloves should be stored in such a way that their protective properties are kept intact. Some glove materials, such as natural rubber, have a limited storage time.

 

06Gloves as waste

There should be set procedures for how gloves are to be used at the workplace, and also for how they are to be disposed of as waste. The gloves are in fact combustible but the way they have been used may affect their disposal. Special environmental rules apply in the case of gloves used to handle hazardous chemicals.