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A Guide To Heat Resistant Gloves

In industries and workplaces where exposure to heat or fire is a risk, having the right heat resistant gloves is essential to make sure workers are safe. Without the proper PPE equipment, your workplace won’t only put employees at risk, it will also be uncompliant with European regulations.

Types of Heat Resistant Gloves


There are many types of heat resistant gauntlets and 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


These offer resistance to lower levels of heat and generally offer abrasion or cut resistance as well. They’re most commonly used in workplaces where there is a low level of heat exposure risk.


Extreme heat resistant gloves

These protect workers from the highest levels of heat and will usually be certified up to a specific temperature. They can differ in design depending on whether the heat they protect against is dry or moist and flame or spark based.


Heat resistant gauntlets

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

Fire retardant gloves are the best choice to offer maximum protection from flames, and won’t melt, drip or deteriorate in high levels of heat.




Foundry heat beater gloves

These offer exceptional protection from heat and are specifically designed for heavy-duty tasks like 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, ironmongers, pyrographers, 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 PPE hand protection, all heat resistant work gloves should 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 today, 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.





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