When natural is not the way to go

Old traditions die hard. According to Ansell, one of the most dangerous assumptions people make is that leather gloves will protect their hands when handling sharp-edged objects.

Ansell Occupational Healthcare’s Jérôme Feuvrier says this is a misconception.

“This assumption is that the thickness of the leather provides a barrier to cut injuries. Leather is just another layer of animal skin which has been used traditionally because there were no other materials that provided better protection – a case of ‘some protection is better than none’,” Feuvrier said.

“Hand protection has evolved substantially since its origins in the early 20th century when there were few choices for safety gloves. Gloves were made of cotton or leather and offered minimal cut protection, unreliable quality and poor fit.”

“Workplace safety is now a fundamental industrial priority.”

“This focus on workplace safety has fuelled the development of new glove technologies, such as nitrile-laminate fabrics which offer superior fit, comfort and protection when compared with leather.”

Specially engineered yarns such as Kevlar, Dyneema or Spectra deliver high levels of cut protection.

Advances in technology and research by Ansell’s Science and Technology teams have enabled the manufacture of sophisticated synthetic gloves that provide excellent cut protection, comfort, durability and grip.

Knitted gloves with engineered fibres also have reduced weight, increased flexibility and better resistance to abrasive elements and surfaces.

An example of hand protection that incorporates the latest technology is the Ansell HyFlex 11-500 glove.

The company says this glove is the versatile choice for optimal productivity and safety.

It provides excellent dexterity and breathability for applications such as automotive and transport, metal fabrication, maintenance, electrical products, assembly of white goods,
plastics injection and moulding and assembling and inspecting engine parts and small components.

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