GGR’s Guide to Gloves
GGR Glass stocks a selection of essential PPE (Personal Protection Equipment), including protective gloves made from Kevlar, PVC studs, glass fibre and latex for a range of material handling tasks. Sometimes, it is possible to lift manually - rather than using lifting accessories, suction cups, etc. We've put together a short guide to help you decide which pair are the ones for you.
The most important questions to ask yourself are what hazards do I need to protect myself from and what materials will I be working with? Different gloves are needed for different jobs such as handling slippery cladding panels, sharp-edged glass or small oily mechanical parts.
To help you choose which gloves are the right ones for your job, each pair is given a safety classification after undergoing a series of laboratory tests against mechanical hazards and extreme temperatures. All GGR’s safety gloves conform to the UK and EU standards for hand and arm protection and are labeled with their safety classification.
Gloves are tested against the following criteria and given a score of 1-4 or 1-5.
- Abrasion Resistance
- Blade cut Resistance
- Tear Resistance
- Puncture Resistance
These tests reveal how much protection gloves offer when handling objects with sharp edges or rough surfaces. Gloves scoring 4 or 5 in these categories offer the most protection, but a glove that is highly resistant to a blade does not necessarily offer the same level of protection against a puncture or abrasive materials.
Gloves are also tested for protection against high temperatures (standard BS EN 407) and cold hazards (BS EN 511).
Take a look at this chart which includes the safety factor of all the gloves in our range and what activites they are suitable for.
You can find the following protective gloves on the GGR Glass online shop:-
- High cut resistant: Powerflex + 80-600 , Powerflex + 80-602 , Powerflex 80-658 , Neptune Kevlar 70-421 Fingerless, Neptune Kevlar 70-335 Full Finger, Vantage 70-765
- High puncture resistant: Powerflex 80-658 , Powerflex + 80-602
- High abrasion resistant: Vantage 70-765, Hyflex 11-625
- High tear resistant: PowerFlex 80-100, Neptune Kevlar 70-114 Sleeve, Neptune Kevlar 70-421 Fingerless, Neptune Kevlar 70-335 Full Finger, Powerflex + 80-602, Powerflex 80-658, Hyflex 11-625, Vantage 70-765
- Other specialist gloves: PowerFlex 80-400, Grab it Safe 28-310, Grab it Safe 28-317 Long Safety Cuff, Hyflex 11-800
If the glove fits…
Available in European standard sizes 8, 9 and 10, GGR’s gloves should fit your hand snugly but not restrict movement. You want the glove to be comfortable but give you enough grip and dexterity to work safely.
Here’s how to measure your hand and work out your glove size…
Here’s some more top tips about choosing and using your gloves…
- Store your gloves in a dark, cool environment as extended exposure UV rays can be damaging, especially to Kevlar
- Regularly inspect your gloves for wear and tear. Gloves won’t provide the optimum level of protection forever so need to be replaced every so often.
- Latex gloves should never be used to handle oily machinery parts as the oil degrades the latex
- Gloves with non-coated backs allow the hands to breathe better when using for long periods of time
- Check that the wearer is not allergic to any of the glove’s materials
- Our gloves aren't suitable for handling chemicals or radioactive materials
- Gloves should never be used around powered blades or moving machinery as they can easily get caught
Take a look at the full range of safety gloves and PPE on our GGR Glass online shop.