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A Brief Guide to PPE Gloves

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A Brief Guide to PPE Gloves

The term “personal protective equipment,” or PPE, is a broad one that idefined by OSHA as “equipment worn to minimize exposure to hazards that cause serious workplace injuries and illnesses.”

PPE can include a variety of items including respirators, coveralls, and safety glasses, but in today’s post, we’re going to focus on one particular PPE item: gloves.

What Kinds of Gloves are Considered PPE by OSHA?

Though there are many different kinds of gloves out there, OSHA breaks down gloves that are considered as PPE into four different categories:

· Leather, Canvas or Metal Mesh Gloves

· Fabric and Coated Fabric Gloves

· Chemical and Liquid Resistant Gloves

· Insulating Rubber Gloves

1) Leather, Canvas or Metal Mesh Gloves

Gloves made from these kinds of materials serve a few purposes:

· Protection from cuts

· Protection from burns

· Protection against heat (note: leather or canvas only)

Leather gloves provide protection against rough objects, chips, blows, sparks, and moderate heat, while canvas and metal mesh gloves offer similar, yet different, kinds of protection.

Also, one major advantage to metal mesh gloves is that they provide protection against cuts and punctures.

2) Fabric and Coated Fabric Gloves

Fabric gloves and coated fabric gloves are usually made out of cotton and other materials and offer protection against abrasions, chafing, and more.

While fabric gloves’ uses are limited to protection against slivers, dirt, and cuts, coated fabric gloves are more general-purpose in nature, are slip-resistant, and are designed for applications like handling wire and lab containers.

3) Chemical- and Liquid-Resistant Gloves

These gloves are exactly what they sound like – gloves which are resistant to different kinds of harmful chemicals and liquids such as peroxides, rocket fuels, acids, gasoline, and caustics.

OSHA states that gloves that fall in this PPE category are made of different kinds of materials:

· Rubber (Natural, butyl, neoprene, fluorocarbon, and nitrile)

· Plastic (Polyvinyl chloride, polyethylene, and polyvinyl alcohol)

Some examples of common kinds of gloves that are made of the rubber and plastic materials mentioned above include:

· Natural (Latex) Rubber Gloves – Made of natural rubber latex and offer protection against abrasions and most water solutions of salts, ketones, acids, and alkalis

· Butyl Gloves – Made of synthetic rubber and offer protection against chemicals, oxidation, abrasion, and ozone corrosion

· Neoprene Gloves – Made of synthetic rubber and offer protection against gasoline, alcohols, alkalis, organic acids, and hydraulic fluids

· Nitrile Gloves – Made from a synthetic polymer composed of three monomers (acrylonitrile, butadiene, and a carboxylic acid) and offer protection against oils, acids, greases, alcohols, and chlorinated solvents

4) Insulating Rubber Gloves

Insulating rubber gloves – along with all other insulating products forelectrical PPE – must meet specific standards, including being produced by a seamless process, being marketed as its specific class (Class 1, 2, 3, etc.)., and be capable of separately withstanding a specific a proof-test voltage after soaking for 16 hours.

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