Polyco Hand Protection
When workers are exposed to vibrating machinery, measures need to be taken to ensure their safety. At Protec Direct, we stock anti-vibration gloves from top brands such as Impacto, Honeywell and Polyco, including fingerless anti-vibration gloves, so you can find an option that’s just right for the task in hand.
Why wear anti-vibration gloves?
Vibrations from machinery can result in workers suffering damage to their nerves, muscles, tendons, bones and blood vessels. Over time, this can increase their risk of developing injuries including carpal tunnel syndrome and hand-arm vibration syndrome.
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a neurological condition which results in symptoms such as numbness, aching or weakness in the hand and fingers. Meanwhile, HAVS injuries can be divided into three different categories, including:
- Neurological injuries – Starting with numbness or tingling in the fingers, in time this can lead to irreversible damage and even disability.
- Vascular injuries – These injuries cause the small blood vessels in the hand and fingers to constrict, causing the fingers to become numb and turn white. For this reason, the condition is also known as ‘vibration-induced white fingers’.
- Musculoskeletal injuries – This may take a few different forms, from arthritis and tendonitis to changes in muscle fibres.
With such serious health problems caused by exposure to vibration, employers have a legal responsibility to ensure workers are properly protected. The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005 were put into place to protect workers from vibration, and must be adhered to by employers.
How to reduce the risk of vibration
A variety of measures need to be taken to reduce the risk of injury from vibration, including:
- Limiting the amount of time employees spend being exposed to vibration.
- Providing employees with protective clothing, such as anti-vibration gloves.
- Selecting suitable equipment, such as low vibration tools, wherever possible.
Take a look at the HSE website for further guidance on controlling the risk of vibration.
Who needs to use anti-vibration gloves?
Anti-vibration gloves should be worn by anyone who needs to handle vibrating tools or machinery. This may include workers in industries such as:
- Auto repair
Browse our selection of anti-vibration gloves below, or explore our full range of hand protection gloves for a variety of purposes. We offer everything from builders’ grip gloves to protective cut-resistant gloves, so you can find just what you need to protect your whole team.
Builders’ Grip Gloves
For workers in the construction industry, gloves offer valuable protection for a wide range of tasks. Here at Protec Direct, we stock builders’ gloves from top brands like Showa, Juba and Polyco, which are designed to provide grip, comfort and protection. Our range includes nitrile gloves, palm coated gloves and latex grip gloves, so you can find an option that’s just right for every member of your team.
When Should Builders’ Gloves Be Worn?
Gloves can provide protection for a wide range of construction tasks, including:
- Operating heavy machinery
- Working with glass
- Heavy duty tasks
At Protec, our builders’ grip gloves are suitable for all types of construction work, providing versatile protection for a wide range of tasks.
The construction industry comes with a wide range of health and safety risks, and employers therefore have a number of responsibilities, including:
- Providing PPE equipment such as gloves for employees to use free of charge
- Providing training to ensure that employees understand the importance of PPE equipment, and that they know when items such as gloves should be worn
- Replacing protective equipment as and when necessary
- Ensuring that all protective equipment carries the required CE safety mark, to meet with Personal Protective Equipment Regulations
Hand Protection Regulations
As with all protective equipment, there are some regulations that you need to be aware of in relation to hand protection, including:
- Personal Protective Equipment Regulations (2002) – According to these regulations, employers have a responsibility to provide PPE equipment such as gloves to protect workers’ safety, as well as replacing them when needed.
- EN 420 – This European standard lays out the requirements protective gloves must meet in order to be deemed fit for purpose.
At Protec Direct, all of our builders’ grip gloves conform with relevant legislation, so when you buy with us you can rest assured that you’re meeting the required standards.
Browse our selection of builders’ gloves below, or take a look at our full range of hand protection gloves for a variety of different purposes. We offer everything from anti-vibration gloves to cut-resistant gloves, so you can find exactly what you need for every task on site.