Supertouch Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Hand protection gloves and sleeves can help to maximise safety, as well as ensuring you comply with international and European safety laws including EN420 (the general requirements for gloves). Find our full range of protective gloves and sleeves for a wide range of purposes below.
Hand Protection Gloves and the Law
Specialist gloves can offer protection against many harmful substances and hazards, we well as ensuring that employers are compliant with legal requirements.
Across many industries and operations, workers are required to use their hands and this involves a level of potential risk which should always be considered by employers prior to any task being undertaken.
There are many factors an employer should consider when purchasing PPE gloves, with the main ones being:
- Which substances will be handled
- What hazards are likely to be encountered
- The type and duration of contact the gloves will need to withstand
- Who will be wearing the gloves - including their size and any personal requirements
- The job at hand, and any task-specific needs
Once you are clear on your specific requirements, take a look at our range of protective gloves to find exactly what suits your needs.
What Types of PPE Gloves Are Available?
Protec Direct offers a wide range of hand and sleeve protection, providing the highest level of safety and security. In addition, all Protec Direct minimal risk work gloves conform to EN 420 (General Requirements for Gloves) and are CE marked, for your peace of mind.
A wide range of PPE gloves are available, including:
- Anti-vibration gloves
- Builders grip gloves
- Cut resistant gloves
- Disposable gloves
- General handling gloves
- Heat resistant gloves
- Leather gloves
- Nitrile coated gloves
- PU coated gloves
- Rigger gloves
- Protective sleeves
- Thermal grip gloves
Whatever work you’re carrying out, you can be sure that Protec Direct have protective gloves to meet your needs. Typical applications for our PPE gloves include medical, building, construction and trade-specific requirements.
The Hazards That Require Safety Hand Protection
There are many hazards that require the use of specialist hand protection. These include:
- Chemical hazards
- Heat exposure
- Manual handling
- Sharp objects
- Vibration from machinery
If you work in an industry which exposes workers to the above hazards, or other dangers, it’s vital to make sure they are properly protected with the right PPE gloves. It is important to note, however, that no glove material will protect against all substances, and gloves will often require replacement in line with manufacturer recommendations.
Regulations and Standards for Hand Protection
When it comes to PPE hand protection, the legislation and standards you need to be aware of are as follows:
- Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (2002) - These regulations state that employers have a responsibility to protect workers from exposure to substances which could be hazardous to their health.
- Personal Protection Equipment Regulations (2002) - Under these regulations, PPE equipment must be fit for purpose and properly stored and maintained. Employees must also be properly instructed on how to use it.
- EN 420 - This is a European standard which lays out the general requirements which need to be met for PPE gloves to be fit for purpose. At Protec, all of our work gloves meet the EN 420 standards.
In industries where PPE is required to facilitate normal working, or where employees may be at risk to their health and safety, employers are responsible for:
- Providing PPE equipment free of charge and ensuring it is fit for purpose
- Providing training to ensure employees are aware of the need to wear PPE equipment appropriately
- Maintenance, repairs or replacement of equipment when needed
- Ensuring products carry the CE mark in accordance with the Personal Protection Equipment Regulations 2002
Take a look at the wide range of PPE gloves on offer below, to make sure you’re meeting the safety standards required.