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Anti-Vibration Gloves
Anti-Vibration Gloves

Anti-Vibration Gloves

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.


Employer responsibilities

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:

  • Construction
  • Engineering
  • Quarrying
  • Agriculture
  • 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
Builders Grip Gloves

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:

  • Bricklaying
  • Woodwork
  • 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.


Employer responsibilities

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.

Cut Resistant Gloves
Cut Resistant Gloves

Cut resistant gloves

When workers are exposed to sharp tools or materials, it is important that employers put measures in place to ensure their safety on site. Here at Protec, we stock a wide range of cut resistant gloves from leading brands including Traffiglove, Ansell, Skytec and Uvex, which offer the wearer durability as well as comfort. You can also find specialist gloves such as lightweight cut resistant gloves and glass fibre gloves.


Why wear cut resistant gloves?

Cuts, specifically to the hand, fingers and wrist, are the most common occupational injury in the UK. It is therefore paramount that employers protect workers who are at risk from serious injury as a result of handling sharp blades or tools, operating power tools or coming into contact with piercing materials. Common industries where this is relevant include:

  • Construction
  • Mechanics
  • Engineering
  • Agriculture

While completely cut proof gloves are a myth, significant advancements in technology and materials like Kevlar, glass fibre and polyurethane mean cut resistant gloves can help reduce the level of risk and ensure that workers can carry out their jobs safely.


Employer Responsibilities

According to the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992, if there is a risk of injury in a workplace which could be avoided with the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), then employers are required to provide suitable protective equipment for their employees. This means that PPE, and more specifically cut resistant gloves, should always be provided when there is a risk of injury from sharp tools, materials or objects. Employers are also required according to the regulations to replace protective gloves and clothing when needed.


Safety Standards for Cut Resistant Gloves

The EN 388:2003 European Standard applies to all forms of hand protection which protect against abrasion, blade cuts, punctures and tearing from mechanical risks. It sets out requirements including test methods, labelling and information which must be supplied with protective gloves.

This standard means that a four digit code must be displayed on the packaging of all cut resistant hand protection. Each number in the code refers to the product’s ability to perform in the following areas:

  • Resistance to abrasion
  • Blade cut resistance
  • Tear resistance
  • Puncture resistance

All protective gloves are also bound by EN 420, which sets out requirements that gloves must meet in order to be deemed fit for purpose.

Browse our complete selection of cut resistant hand protection below or explore our wider range of hand protection to find gloves suited to dozens of purposes and industries. There you can find the likes of anti-vibration gloves, builders grip gloves and many more. 

Disposable Gloves
Disposable Gloves

Disposable gloves

At Protec we stock an extensive selection of disposable gloves, including vinyl, latex and nitrile gloves which can be used in a wide variety of industries. Our single use gloves come in all sizes and from leading brands such as Polyco, Ansell and Skytec, offering a superior resistance to chemicals and tearing in order to keep users safe at work.


What are disposable gloves used for?

Disposable gloves are used by professionals in a wide range of industries to create a barrier between the wearer’s hands and potentially dangerous substances. For example, single use gloves are used in the following industries:

  • Medicine – to prevent cross-contamination and infection, as well as protecting the wearer from the likes of blood and bodily fluids.
  • Catering – to prevent food from being contaminated with bacteria from the wearer’s hands.
  • Chemical industries – to prevent harmful chemicals from touching the skin in laboratories and similar environments.
  • Police & Emergency Services - to prevent officers from contaminating evidence, and to protect them from substances such as blood or chemicals.
  • Janitorial, Refuse & Waste – to prevent the wearer from coming into physical contact with any hazardous substances which have been disposed of.


What are disposable gloves made from?

There are a number of materials that disposable gloves can be made from, with each one having its own qualities that make it more suitable for certain tasks or industries. The three main materials are:

  • Latex – Latex gloves are famously durable and flexible, so they’ve long been the material of choice when it comes to disposable gloves. However, organisations buying latex gloves must ensure that no one who intends to use them suffers from a latex allergy.
  • Nitrile – Nitrile is highly regarded as one of the best materials for making disposable gloves. Nitrile gloves offer all the benefits of latex but without the allergies, as the material was specially created to eliminate the allergic effect of latex.
  • Vinyl – Vinyl is much cheaper to produce than both latex and nitrile, so vinyl gloves are most commonly used as a solution for saving costs on a single use consumable. Typically vinyl gloves are looser fitting and are therefore not ideal for dextrous tasks.

There are also both powdered and powder-free gloves available to buy here at Protec. The powder in powdered gloves is intended to soak up perspiration and make gloves more comfortable during long-use; however some wearers can find it irritates their skin.


Glove Regulations

All of our disposable gloves adhere to the EN 420:2003 European Standard, which sets out the requirements gloves must meet in order to be seen as fit for use in a professional setting. These regulations are aimed at ensuring that all safety gloves offer maximum protection for the conditions in which they’ll be used.

Browse our full selection of disposable gloves below, or take a look at our full range of safety gloves for a variety of purposes. Our range includes everything from rubber gloves to protective sleeves, so you can find exactly you need for the task at hand.

General Handling Gloves
General Handling Gloves

General Handling Gloves

At Protec Direct we stock a wide selection of general handling gloves as part of our extensive range of PPE gloves and sleeves. This includes gloves made from latex, vinyl, polyester and nitrile, as well as products from leading brand names like Ansell, Marigold and Polyco.


When Can General Handling Gloves Be Worn?

General handling gloves are known for their versatility, and can be used for a range of tasks across a number of industries. These gloves are commonplace in a range of professions due to their low cost and good protective properties which make them great value for money.

Below, we’ve listed some of the most common materials which are used to make our general handling PPE gloves, along with some of the industries and tasks in which they are most effective:

  • Latex gloves offer a great combination of strength and dexterity, making them useful in a wide range of industries, from janitorial work to gardening. However, some workers may be allergic to latex gloves, and in these cases, vinyl gloves are an effective alternative as they offer many of the same properties without affecting those with latex allergies.
  • Nitrile coated gloves offer superior strength, as well as being cut, puncture and abrasion resistant. They are also more resistant than natural rubber to the likes of chemicals, oils, grease and acids and this makes them very popular in the appliance manufacturing, automotive and metal fabrication industries where abrasive or sharp-edged materials are often handled.
  • Polyester and cotton gloves, such as the Ansell Tiger Paw, are one of the most popular general handling gloves. The robust construction of these gloves makes them ideal for heavy and frequent tasks like building, construction, logistics, warehousing and transportation.


Regulations and Employers’ Responsibilities

As with all of the PPE hand protection available online at Protec Direct, our general handling gloves adhere to the standards required to ensure they are as effective as possible, including:

  • EN 420 – This European Standard defines the general requirements which make PPE gloves fit for purpose, such as accurate sizing, as well as stating reuirements for the design of gloves to help minimise the risk of injury.
  • BS EN 388:2003 – This European Standard specifies which test methods (for the likes of abrasion resistance, blade cut resistance and puncture resistance) are used in the production of protective gloves against mechanical risk, as well as the suitable markings and information which must be supplied with each product.

Employers should also adhere with the following legislation, to ensure they are doing all they can to keep employees safe at work:

  • Personal Protective Equipment Regulations (2002) – These regulations outline employers’ duties with regards to supplying the correct PPE for employees to use, and ensuring it is used properly. All PPE, including protective gloves, must be fit for purpose, stored correctly and replaced when necessary, and all employees must be trained on how to use the PPE.
  • Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (2002) – These regulations give employers a framework which must be adhered to in order to protect workers against health risks from hazardous substances. For example, wearing the correct gloves when handling chemicals.

Browse our selection of general handling gloves below, or take a look at our full range of protective gloves and sleeves to find specialist products such as anti-vibration gloves, cut resistant gloves and builders’ gloves.

Heat Resistant Gloves
Heat Resistant Gloves

Heat Resistant Gloves

Protec Direct supply a wide selection of heat resistant gloves as part of our extensive range of PPE hand protection. The gloves below are ideal for protecting yourself or your employees from all kinds of heat, including dry, moist, thermal or atmospheric, with each type of glove specially designed to withstand certain dangers. Our heat resistant and retardant gloves are made from a variety of materials, including leather, Kevlar and cloth, and come from well established brands such as Ansell and Polyco. Browse the full range below or read on for more information on this specialist line of PPE products.


Types of Heat Resistant Gloves

As mentioned above, there are many types of heat resistant gloves, with each one suited to specific industries or tasks. Here is a list of some of the most common and popular types of heat protective gloves:

  • Low heat resistant gloves offer resistance to lower levels of heat and generally offer abrasion or cut resistance as well.
  • High heat resistant gloves protect workers from extreme levels of heat. These can differ depending on whether heat is dry or moist, flame or spark.
  • Welding gauntlets provide workers with protection against flames and sparks when welding, but can also offer the likes of abrasion and vibration resistance for specialist tasks. Different levels of dexterity are also available when purchasing welding gauntlets.
  • Fire retardant gloves offer maximum protection from flames, and will not melt, drip or deteriorate in high levels of heat.
  • Foundry heat beater gloves offer exceptional protection from heat and are specifically designed for melting or casting metals.


Who Uses Heat Resistant Gloves?

Heat protective gloves are used by the likes of welders, factory workers, engineers, glass makers, blacksmiths, iron mongers, inject moulders, and mechanics. However, there are a number of industries that use heat resistant gloves who you may not expect, such as hairdressers, brewers, food producers, caterers, chefs and laboratory workers. 


Regulations for Heat Resistant Gloves

As with all the PPE hand protection available online at Protec Direct, our heat resistant gloves all adhere to the relevant regulations and standards to ensure they are safe and suitable for use. These include:

  • EN 407 – This European Standard concerns gloves which give protection from thermal hazards. This means that the likes of resistance to flammability, resistance to contact heat, resistance to convective heat, resistance to radiant heat and resistance to splashes of molten metal must all be displayed on a pictogram on the product’s packaging.
  • EN 12477 – This European Standard describes the level of protection that PPE gloves are meant to provide to the hand and wrist when used for welding or similar tasks. It takes into account testing from EN 407 and EN 388 (gloves that protect from mechanical risks).
  • EN 420 – This European Standard defines requirements for the construction of protective gloves, whether they are fit for purpose and their safety.


Employers’ Responsibilities

Employers have responsibilities when it comes to ensuring their staff are safe at work, and this means supplying them with any necessary personal protective equipment, including heat resistant gloves if they’re carrying out relevant tasks. This is bound in law by the following regulation:

  • Personal Protective Equipment Regulations (2002) – Employers have a duty to supply the correct PPE to keep staff safe from risks at work, and must ensure that employees are trained on how to use it.

Browse our full range of fire and heat resistant gloves below, or take a look at our complete range of PPE hand protection to find more specialist products such as cut resistant gloves and PU coated gloves.

Nitrile / Latex Unsupported Gloves
Nitrile / Latex Unsupported Gloves
Protec Direct supply a broad range of nitrile disposable gloves and latex gloves as part of our Hand Protection product range. You’ll find these nitrile disposable and latex gloves are perfect for use in medical industries. Nitrile disposable gloves provide superior resistance to chemicals and tearing, it’s been found that these are a good alternative to latex gloves for allergy sufferers. Latex gloves also offer tactile properties, strength, and a good resistance to a wide range of mild chemicals. All of our Hand Protection range adhere and conform to the appropriate legislation requirements.
Nitrile Coated Gloves
Nitrile Coated Gloves
Protec Direct supply a variety of nitrile coated gloves that are engineered to be strong, 100% synthetic, and does not contain any latex proteins. These nitrile coated gloves result in being three times more puncture resistant than rubber when used in gloves, offering an excellent resistance to punctures and tears. These nitrile coated gloves are more suited to working with oil rather than chemicals, so you’ll find these are used more in metal stamping or mechanical engineering than medical industries. Our collection of nitrile coated gloves and whole Hand Protection range conforms to the appropriate legislation requirements.
PU Coated Gloves
PU Coated Gloves

PU Coated Gloves

Loss of grip and inflexibility can be frustrating for workers in a range of industries who require the use of gloves to carry out their jobs, but thankfully PU coated gloves offer a great solution to these issues. Here at Protec we stock a wide range of polyurethane coated gloves from leading brands such as Ansell, Polyco and Honeywell. Browse our full range below.


What Are the Benefits of PU Coated Gloves?

There are a number of benefits which make polyurethane coated gloves perfectly suited to a range of industries and tasks. These include:

  • Flexibility – Polyurethane is incredibly stretchy and this makes PU gloves one of the most suitable forms of hand protection for jobs where sensitivity and dexterity is required. The material also continues to offer protection to the wearer, something that most other flexible materials cannot do effectively.
  • Grip – Another great benefit of PU coated gloves is the unrivalled level of grip which they offer. The properties of the material mean that wearers have increased grip while retaining a huge level of protection and flexibility.
  • Affordability – Finally, these gloves are also relatively cheap to produce and purchase. This is a great benefit for both companies and tradesmen, as PU gloves typically need replacing often, but the low price means this is not so much of an issue.


What Are PU Coated Gloves Used For?

Taking into consideration the benefits listed above, polyurethane gloves lend themselves much more favourably to certain industries and jobs. For example, PU coated gloves are often used in cleanrooms and electronics because they are non-shredding, provide great grip, and offer puncture resistance. They are popular amongst electricians especially as they are cut-resistant and are still very flexible for the wearer.


Safety Standards for PU Coated Gloves

At Protec, all our hand protection products conform to the latest legislation requirements in order to keep wearers safe from injury during use. For our range of PU coated gloves, this means that each product is approved to:

  • BS EN 388:2003 – This European Standard specifies the full requirements, testing means, and information which must be supplied with mechanical protection gloves, including polyurethane coated gloves. The testing described in this Standard takes into consideration abrasion resistance and puncture resistance.
  • BS EN 420 – This European Standard defines the general requirements and test methods which must be followed during the design and production of all protective gloves.


Employer Responsibilities

In accordance with the Personal Protective Equipment Regulations (2002), employers are required to supply any necessary protective equipment, such as PU coated gloves, to help workers carry out tasks safely. Employees should also be trained in the use of the PPE supplied, and equipment should be repaired or replaced when necessary.

Find our selection of PU coated gloves below, or browse our full range of protective gloves for a variety of purposes, including cut resistant gloves, builders grip gloves and much more.

Single / Double Dip PVC Gloves
Single / Double Dip PVC Gloves
Protec Direct supply a wide range of PVC gloves including single and double dip depending on the nature of your industry or tasks. Classically, these PVC gloves are used in industries where the wearer will be exposure to water and acqueous solutions, detergents, diluted bases, and acids. These PVC gloves will help the wearer be protected from abrasion, punctures, cuts, and snags. All Protec Direct safety gloves within our Hand Protection collection conform to the latest legislation standards.
Protective Sleeves
Protective Sleeves
Protec Direct supply a wide range of protective sleeves varying in material and purpose of usage. These protective sleeves each have their own unique protection use, ranging from cuts, heat, and chemicals. As mentioned, these protective sleeves are therefore produced from a number of different materials including Kevlar, leather, and hyflex. All of Protec Direct’s protective sleeves meet the appropriate legislation requirements.
Specialist Gloves
Specialist Gloves
Protec Direct supply a high number of multi task gloves for specialist tasks including anti syringe gloves, and fingerless gloves. Anti syringe gloves are designed to provide protection against hypodermic needles, razor blades, or broken glass. Multi task gloves can be used for a range of activities including DIY tasks, or environments where gloves are mandatory such as a construction site. All Protec Direct safety gloves conform to the latest legislation standards.