17 May 2012

Working Hand in Glove

Posted by bcsands

Occupational health and safety laws have helped to bring work gloves into the lives of more and more people. Of course that means that the variety available is also greater than it was in years gone by. So there is no excuse not to wear the right pair when you are working with your hands.

Many people don’t like the lack of touch they experience in gloves, but this is a small price to pay when working with rough surfaced materials, chemicals, in soil or liquids. You can guarantee that there are work gloves to suit the work your hands are doing, no matter what the job.

 

Starting with the thickest, heaviest work gloves, here is a list of gloves available:

 

Leather Rigger’s Gloves

These heavy duty leather or rawhide gloves give you the least amount of feeling in your hands, but they can prevent cuts, abrasions, splinters, freezing and burning. It is advisable to keep a pair in your shed and another pair in your car. They are ideal to prevent splinters and injuries when handling firewood.

 

Cotton Gloves

Cotton gloves are the choice for many gardeners. There are some tough cotton gloves made for just this purpose, some with extra padding on the fingers and others dipped in rubber on the fingers and palm. Cotton is excellent for the hands as it absorbs sweat and allows the skin to breathe. The biggest disadvantage is that when they come into contact with any kind of moisture they absorb it and become uncomfortable. They also wear out quickly when you handle a lot of abrasive materials.

 

Rubber Gloves

Most of us have used rubber gloves for washing dishes, but have you ever considered them as a barrier against chemicals? Your skin is your body’s biggest organ, so why put it at risk? When applying things like bleach, caustic soda, or even strong cleaning chemicals, you can prevent the transfer of these chemicals into your skin with rubber gloves. The less chances you give chemicals to entering your body the better. Acid gauntlet gloves are ideal for this and protect hands and forearms.

 

Latex Gloves

These are mostly used as disposable gloves. They are extremely useful if you need to feel what you are touching. One of their many uses is to handle high-odour foods like onions or garlic that would otherwise be absorbed into your skin for some hours. Handling raw meat and other non-abrasive material is another task that can be made more pleasant when using latex gloves.

TIP: If you care about the softness of your hands and want to take the extra step, it is highly recommended that, before you put on any type of work gloves, you first apply sorbolene or other moisturising hand-cream.

TIP: Another way of protecting your hands and nails in work gloves is to put close fitting, thin cotton gloves on first, and then put the work gloves on over the top. This is also particularly helpful to stop your hands from sweating in rubber gloves.

Even if you are one of those people who is resistant to wearing work gloves, have a few pairs around the house, shed and car and you may even find that you start to use them more just because they are there. Your hands are worth protecting. BC Sands has a wide range of gloves to suit every purpose.



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