Skytec Hand Protection
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nitrile Coated Gloves
At Protec Direct we stock a variety of nitrile coated work gloves, offering a high level of grip and protection for workers in a range of industries. Customers can choose gloves from industry-leading brands, such as Ansell, Marigold and Showa, with a variety of designs and sizes available. Whether you are a self-employed trader or large organisation, it is the law to protect employees when on the job, so browse our range of nitrile coated gloves below to find what you need to keep your team safe.
What are nitrile gloves?
Nitrile is a synthetic rubber copolymer which is also known as NBR latex; however, contrary to what this name may suggest there are actually no latex proteins in the material. For this reason, nitrile is the hand protection material of choice for many businesses, as nitrile gloves can be safely worn by those who suffer from latex allergies without causing allergic reactions.
Nitrile’s properties include having an excellent resistance to punctures and tears – in fact, nitrile gloves are three times more puncture resistant than their rubber counterparts. It is also thin, comfortable and highly flexible, more resistant to oils and acids than both latex and rubber, and offers a superior level of non-slip grip regardless of whether the gloves are wet or dry.
Nitrile coated gloves go one step further by using nitrile to coat the glove lining, therefore adding another protective layer. The lining of the gloves can be made from a range of materials, including foam, nylon and spandex, and they can be either fully coated or partly coated, such as palm-coated nitrile gloves.
What are nitrile coated gloves used for?
Nitrile’s properties of being thin, tough and oil resistant mean that they are ideal for use in the mechanical, engineering and automotive industries. The fact that they offer users a high level of dexterity is also a huge bonus for workers in these industries, who commonly need to be nimble with their fingers while still having a high level of protection.
The enhanced grip of nitrile coated gloves also means they are commonplace in factories, warehouses, and production lines, as well as in the logistics industry. The grip allows workers to do their job more efficiently and the protective qualities defend hands from abrasive materials and repetitive wear and tear on the skin.
Regulations and Standards
Protec’s hand protection range conforms to the appropriate legislation requirements in order to ensure maximum safety for the user. These regulations and standards include:
- EN388 Standard – This European Standard covers the testing of safety gloves for protection against mechanical risks. It measures the gloves’ resistance to abrasion, blade cuts, tearing and punctures.
- Personal Protection Equipment Regulations (2002) – This sets out employers’ duties in providing and ensuring the use of PPE where there is a risk at work for employees. All PPE, including nitrile coated protective gloves, must be properly maintained, tested, stored and replaced when necessary.