Cut Resistant Gloves Singapore
Can you imagine if you are not able to work with your hands?
Human hands are unique and are our greatest assets. Hand injuries range from minor cuts, crush, abrasion to amputations. At the workplace, employees have to be informed, trained and complied to hand protection work procedures in order to prevent or minimize exposure to workplace hazards. Regular housekeeping at your workstation is critical for hand safety. Parts, sharp shavings and tools lying about can result in potential accidents. If there is any injury to our hands, you can feel the challenge to do even the simplest activity like eating your meals, button your shirt or tying the shoelace.
Hand injury statistics revealed how costly and painful on-the-job injuries can be. These injuries don’t just hurt workers; companies too, suffer costs due to such injuries. These hand injuries are caused by not wearing any type of hand protection.
What is Cut Resistant Gloves make-up of?
Cut resistant gloves are made of special composite material. They come in varying thicknesses and are made of one or more of the following fibres and materials combined with rubber/polymer.
- Stainless Steel Mesh – a cut and abrasion resistant material.
- Metal mesh – make of stainless steel and is cut and puncture resistant.
- Metal fiber blends – durable, cut and abrasion-resistant.
- Kevlar fibre – flexible and lightweight, 5 times stronger than steel, protects against cuts, slashes and abrasion; flame resistant up to 427°C.
- Spectra fibre – flexible, cut and abrasion resistant even when wet. It is 10 times stronger than steel per unit weight.
- Dyneema – floats on water, durable and resistant to moisture and chemicals. It is 15 times stronger than steel.
- Super fabric – flexible, puncture, cut and abrasion resistant
Why Kevlar® Gloves?
Kevlar® is the DuPont™ registered trademark and is para-aramid fibre.
Kevlar® have outstanding strength-to-weight properties. Kevlar® have high firmness which makes it difficult to cut or fray. It has ultra strong material that is also used in sailboats and kayaks.To ensure you have the best combination of protection and value, use Kevlar® gloves. These gloves can offer twenty times the cut resistance of comparable-weight leather gloves. These cut resistance in the knitted gloves is Influenced by Four Factors:
- Strength: Examples of high-strength yarns would be TenActiv™ or Kevlar®.
- Hardness (Dulling): An example of hard yarn would be stainless steel, one of the most popular options in engineered yarns.
- Lubricity (slickness): Slippery yarns like TenActiv™ allows a blade to slide over their surface without cutting through.
- Rolling Action (Knit Construction): Most knit gloves allow the different yarns to ‘roll’ as a sharp edge slides over them. This creates a ‘ball bearing effect’ meaning the sharp edge slides across without cutting through the material.
Below are the properties of these Kevlar® cut resistant gloves most suitable for you.
- Good resistance to cutting and abrasion
- No melting point. Resistant to thermal degradation. Low flammability
- Good fabric integrity at elevated temperatures
- Nonconductive under regular conditions, but can absorb water and salt water.
- Sensitive to degradation from ultraviolet radiation
- Sensitive to shock load. Can fail unexpectedly if subject to shock.
- Relatively low compression strength compared to Carbon fibre
Advantages of Cut Resistant Gloves
Wearing Cut Resistant Gloves not only prevent you from sustaining cut on your hands but there are other advantages. The gloves are designed to cater the different types of resistance. Choose the right type of gloves for you to perform your task safely.
- Abrasion resistance
- Cut resistance
- Tear resistance
- Puncture resistance
High Workplace Accident Rate: Hand Injuries
According to Workplace Safety & Health Council (WSHC) ProBE Plus Forum 2017: amputation cases from workplace accidents are common, with hand injuries accounting for 90% of all cases.
Annual National Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Campaign is held and on the year-long outreach efforts to promote safety and health in workplaces. For example, National WSH Campaign 2017: “Prevent all injuries. Go home safe and healthy” was held to educate the workers as pains suffered not only by individual worker but his family as well. Prevention is better than cure. Case studies are shared to help the workers learn about good practices and preventive measures on injuries resulting in amputations. Education and promotion on the proper use of hand tools, wearing of gloves and machine safety will help to prevent accidents from happening.
Clean your hands before using the gloves and make sure that the gloves used are of the right length for your job. Contaminated gloves are impossible to clean. Removal should be done in a way so that the bare hands do not touch the outside of the gloves. Use proper fitting gloves that give you the needed dexterity and flexibility to perform your task.
Heat Resistance Gloves
Aramid fibre is used to manufacture heat and abrasion resistant fabrics known as the Fortamid range. These fabrics are used to make protective suits, aprons, leggings, gloves and mitts, which are hard wearing and protect against conductive and radiant heat. Aramid offers excellent abrasion and flame resistance. It does not melt or support combustion and starts to carbonise at approx 430ºC. For increased heat protection, aramid fibre is combined with glass filament. This yarn is made by spinning aramid around high-temperature glass filament and is suitable for contact applications at temperatures up to 180ºC for long-term exposure and 450ºC for short-term exposure (such as handling hot objects).
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