Hand Protection - Knowledge Center

Welcome to the Hand Protection Knowledge Center. Keeping our hands safe should be a no-brainer, but we often put our digits at risk when it’s as simple as wearing the proper hand protection to ensure we’re safe on the job site. When worn, hand protection guards our hands from exposure to hazardous conditions, like sharp edges, pinch points, rotary machinery, hot objects, electricity, splinters, and hazardous chemicals. When not protected, our hands are extremely vulnerable to these hazards and the injuries sustained may last a lifetime. Wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) should be your team's first priority and a standard safety routine, but are you and your employees using the right hand protection for high risk work conditions?

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Cut resistant gloves are an integral piece of personal protective equipment (PPE) for many jobs. They are truly the last line of defense between an identified hazard and the end-user. Selecting a glove with the correct cut protection by (more...)

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Over the years, the industry has struggled to equate cut resistance with actual risk. The recent updates to the ANSI 105 and EN 388 will provide a more uni­form approach to assessing the cut (more...)

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What You Need to Know to Keep Your Hands Safe from Chemical Exposure

Using the wrong safety gloves when working with chemicals can lead to exposure and serious adverse effects. Find out how to select the right ones.

Chemical-resistant gloves

Keeping your hands safe from chemical exposure means using gloves made from the right materials. Find out which materials you need.

Best practices with rubber insulating gloves

Rubber insulating products protect workers from potentially fatal electric hazards. Follow these best practices when using them.

Working Safely with High Temperatures

Hot work can be unavoidable, but it doesn't have to be dangerous. Learn about the risks and how to stay safe.

Why Price Isn't Everything When It Comes to Safety Gloves

The price of safety gloves is right there in the catalogue, but you'll have to think harder to figure out the total cost. Learn about the difference here.

Why You Should Give More Thought to Rubber Insulating PPE

Rubber insulating PPE gets too little attention. Learn about how it can save lives and how to equip your workers properly.

How to Protect Your Hands from Arc Flashes

Workers' hands are at the highest risk of arc flash injuries. Find out how to keep them safe.

How to Choose the Right Rubber Insulating Glove

Insulating rubber gloves can save a worker's life, but it needs the right amount of voltage protection. Find out how to choose the right ones.

Safe Lifting: Don't Put Your Back on the Line

Lifting seems straightforward but shouldn't be taken lightly. Learn about proper lifting techniques and important protective equipment.

Better Safety: Hand Protection

Hands are our most precious tools. Learn how to protect them from chemical hazards by using the right gloves for the job.

Trends and Technologies in Making Cut Protective Gloves Truly Comfortable

Wearing cut-proof gloves for an entire shift can be a very unpleasant experience. Thankfully, new technologies have made them far more comfortable.

Gamification and Hand Safety

Engaging the young workforce isn't easy. Gamification might be the answer to getting Millennials to buy into your safety program.

What is dorsal hand impact resistance (IR) protection?

Hand protection is high on the list for important PPE, especially since we use our hands so frequently and it's difficult to perform almost any work task without them...

Why do some parts of my cut-resistant gloves offer no cut resistance?

That's a great question, and the answer is a bit complex because all cut resistant gloves are basically cut resistant in their entirety, with very few exceptions. And...

Selecting cold weather gloves

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are over 110,000 lost time injuries every year and over 1,000,000 workers sent to the emergency room because of...

Improving disposable glove grip

Whether you’re selecting reusable or disposable safety gloves, grip is one of the key concerns. After all, gloves aren’t much use if you can’t safely hold anything while...

What are the best alternatives to latex gloves?

Gloves are a critical piece of personal protective equipment for workers who handle hazardous materials. While latex gloves are a popular option, latex is a common...

Are disposable gloves required for food handling and processing?

We're seeing a dramatic and rapid paradigm shift toward reusable products to lessen our impact on the environment. This raises a difficult question: are reusable gloves...

What do I need to think about to choose the best construction gloves for the job I'm doing?

Construction environments are dynamic and host a diverse set of hazards. When selecting the proper gloves to protect your hands on a construction site, a thorough hazard...

What should I know when buying chemical gloves?

There are several things to consider when purchasing quality personal protective equipment (PPE). Manufacturers of quality products are always glad to address...

Is testing rubber insulating gloves worth the money?

The short answer is “How do you know that it will save your life?”The longer answer is that there are regulations and standards that require certain electrical...

NAIL4PET accreditation and why it matters

NAIL4PET is an acronym for The National Association of Independent Laboratories for Protective Equipment Testing. The abreviation is quite handy because, as you can see,...

What types of gloves protect your hands from hazardous chemicals?

Check a safety data sheet and you might see a tip like “Wear impermeable gloves.” There are a couple of key issues with this type of generic safety recommendation:No...

What kinds of jobs should use disposable safety gloves?

Disposable safety gloves create a protective barrier around your hands to protect against germs, bacteria, and disease. This makes the answer seem obvious,...

When do I need supported gloves?

When working with chemicals and toxins, it’s crucial to protect your hands and skin as much as possible. Think of how easily liquids and gases can spread. Imagine how...

What is the best way to store rubber safety gloves?

Rubber safety gloves are an essential piece of personal protective equipment (PPE) for workers who work with, or in close proximity to, energized lines and equipment...

How much voltage protection is needed for safety gloves used in electrical work?

The first defense against most hazards, safety gloves can protect against everything from cuts to chemical burns. When it comes to electrical work, you can’t be too...

How dangerous is vibration?

Vibration dangers are one of the most overlooked workplace hazards that exist. One of the many reasons for this is vibration injuries cannot be attributed to a single...

How much cut protection do I need?

Every day industrial and trade workers are faced with the risk of injuring their most important tool: their hands. From cuts and slashes to nicks and abrasions, the...