Demand rises for industrial safety gloves
It is estimated that 70% of all hand injuries involve workers not wearing safety gloves. Awareness of hand injury risks has created a rising demand for PPE (personal protective equipment), especially industrial gloves.
Industrial safety gloves help protect workers’ hands from hazards such as sharp objects, extreme temperatures and chemical burns. They also protect hands from various diseases that can be transmitted from contaminated objects.
It is forecast that the value of the worldwide market for protective gloves will rise to over £6bn by 2025. Manufacturers of safety gloves have made them stronger to ensure maximum protection. The best gloves provide strong grip as well as injury protection. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) enforces strong regulations about the use of PPE and manufacturers have developed a range of gloves that conform to all regulations.
After Britain leaves the European Union, it is expected that most of the regulations about wearing protective workwear will remain in force.
In the year 2017/18, the HSE reported that over half a million workers were injured at work. Statistics showed 20% of injuries were caused through lifting, handling and carrying, while 10% of injuries were as a result of being struck by a moving object. Not all of these injuries were to the hands, but many were, so it is vital to remember that wearing protective gloves can prevent or limit the extent of hand injuries.
Firms that take health and safety seriously make sure that all workers wear protective gloves where necessary.