Whether used professionally or domestically, gloves are an important safety measure that is vital for users’ protection. As such, different gloves cater to an array of hazards such as abrasion, puncture, heat, and cold. Of them, protection against heat is one of the primary needs across various industries and is provided by a variety of materials and designs.
Heat-resistant gloves mainly consider the following properties:
5 things to take into consideration in choosing the right heat-resistant gloves:
Requirement: Hazard assessment is essential to determine the type of heat-resistant gloves used. For instance, glassblowing requires gloves that are dexterous that cannot be supplied, which are thick and heavy. The type of industry and equipment you handle also determine what kind of gloves you need.Dexterity vs padding, choice of material used and their inherent properties, and limitations are important considerations in this regard.
What level of gloves are required: The most important step in deciding which glove is right for you is to measure the heat of the item or contact surface from which you need protection? It is vital to be precise, and the easiest way to do this is by using an infrared thermometer. This step is essential because if you overestimate the heat and wear thicker gloves, you compromise dexterity and mobility and increase the padding, which is an unnecessary expenditure.On the other hand, if you underestimate the heat, you compromise safety.
Choice of material: This is an interesting choice. Many materials provide heat protection and each with its own set of pros and cons. A few materials used are rubber, leather, Kevlar, aluminum, aramid. Again, each with their own pros and cons. For instance, above 450°F, synthetic materials like Kevlar are a good option. It provides excellent heat protection properties, and additionally, it gives you puncture and abrasion resistance as well.
Work Conditions: The type of heat contributes to determining the type of material used in the glove.
Dry vs Moist: it will help you determine whether to go for a string-knit or neoprene-dipped glove.
Thermal vs Ambient: Is there a definite contact surface, or is it protection from the temperature in the room.
Open Flame or Spark: With an open flame or spark, you need a material that has been treated with a fire-retardant chemical.
Other Hazards: No industry is one-dimensional in terms of its hazards, so it wouldn’t hurt to have additional protection properties in addition to heat protection, for instance, Kevlar.
Protection above the wrist: Your wrists should also be considered when determining the type of gloves you choose. Sleeves are not designed with heat protection in mind but for incidental contact. Thus materials like para-aramid fibers are used. This layer of protection is the difference between second-degree burns and mild irritation. So, it shouldn’t be underestimated.
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