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Safety Q & A

Q: Which glove material is recommended for jobs with potential cut and laceration hazards?
A: There is no panacea product for cut and laceration protection. However, the correct material choice is often related to the physical considerations of the job. For example, synthetic fiber and textiles offer more cut resistance than cotton does, but cotton provides better gripping characteristics in wet or oily conditions. The better a product can be gripped, the less risk of it slipping through the worker's hands slicing the worker as it does. Once the lacerating action begins, however, many synthetics provide better cut protection than does cotton. Therefore, a double gloving approach is often the best solution.