Is it Time to Dump Your Old Impact Gloves?

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Is it Time to Dump Your Old Impact Gloves?

In the past, protecting your workers from impact, crush, and pinch hazards meant requiring them to wear bulky gloves covered in a thick polymer like TPR (Thermo Plastic Rubber). But while these gloves offered valuable protection, they tended to be stiff, oversized, and hot – tempting uncomfortable workers to take them off.

The good news is that recent years have brought impact gloves with new designs and features that keep workers both comfortable and protected. Are you still using yesterday’s impact gloves?
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By M.B. Sutherland, Sr. Copywriter, Magid

In the past, protecting your workers from impact, crush, and pinch hazards meant requiring them to wear bulky gloves covered in a thick polymer like TPR (Thermo Plastic Rubber). But while these gloves offered valuable protection, they tended to be stiff, oversized, and hot – tempting uncomfortable workers to take them off.

The good news is that recent years have brought impact gloves with new designs and features that keep workers both comfortable and protected. Are you still using yesterday’s impact gloves?

Impact Gloves for Heavy-Duty Jobs

Work on construction sites, oil rigs, and in other heavy-duty industries still requires gloves with a thicker, impact-resistant polymer. But manufacturers have found innovative ways to get that TPR to move and breathe, keeping workers more comfortable and compliant.

Yesterday's Glove

Stiff and Bulky: Early-design impact gloves are wrapped in a single piece of thick TPR across the back of the hand and over the fingers. Pre-curved fingers on some designs help to reduce hand fatigue, but the gloves are often still stiff, bulky, and awkward to work in.

Steamy and Sweaty: When you think of a classic impact glove, you probably picture a leather shell with that same hot slab of TPR.

Today's Glove

Flexible: Newer impact gloves are made to move naturally with your hand. Workers are still protected with TPR, but instead of a solid slab, it’s broken up with flex points to allow hands to move naturally.

Cooler with More Airflow: New designs may still feature a leather palm, but include a special mesh back and vented TPR to allow more airflow to make the gloves even cooler and lighter.

Impact Resistant Gloves for Lighter Duty Jobs

Jobs like light construction, I&E (instrumentation & electrical), maintenance, assembly, or tool work carry a risk of impact injuries including scrapes, bumps, and bruises. Since standard impact protection can be a little too much for jobs like these, manufacturers created impact gloves with low-profile, ultra lean TPR. These gloves deflect and absorb impacts while remaining flexible and light to prevent hand fatigue.

Impact Work Gloves to Fit All Your Needs

Older impact glove designs offer limited attributes and frequently lack specific features you need to keep your workers safe. Versatile designs and new technologies mean you can match the glove to the job. So whether you need a warmer impact glove for winter, a waterproof glove, different palm coatings, cut resistance, a special liner, or even a welder’s glove with flame-resistant TPR – you can find an impact glove to meet your needs. Some gloves even have reinforcements like thumb saddles or extra TPR at pinch points for applications that are hard on a particular area of the hand.

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If “yesterday’s glove” sounds like what’s in your tool crib, take a look at the next generation of impact glove protection!