Industrial Workplace Gloves
When it comes to the industrial workplace, hand protection is a critical part of personal safety. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, injuries to the hand, wrist, and finger account for the second-highest (23 percent) number of workplace injuries, with approximately 110,000 lost-time hand injuries annually. Whether your job exposes you to extreme heat or cold, cuts or chemicals, the importance of reliable, durable gloves can’t be ignored.
30% of injuries occur because
the gloves are “inadequate”
Yet not all gloves are created equal. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 30 percent of injuries occur because the gloves are “inadequate, damaged or wrong for the type of hazard present.” While one pair of heat resistant gloves may stand up best to extreme temperatures or flames, another may offer more durability, comfort or dexterity. All of these factors have an effect on the employee’s safety – and none should be sacrificed for the sake of another.
Kovenex offers the ultimate combination of these attributes. As a non-woven, Kovenex can provide the same high level of protection that wovens offer, but at a much lighter basis weight. It provides a unique combination of heat, flame, cut and tear protection at lower costs and lighter weights than traditional thermal barriers – and all without compromising performance.
One of the biggest advantages of creating lighter weight gloves is enhanced dexterity. Too often, dexterity is overruled in favor of durability, or thickness. But dexterity can be extremely important in an industrial workplace, where perhaps both heat resistant gloves and fine motor skills may be required. Having gloves as stiff as oven mitts can hinder safety, efficiency and productivity. By using a stitch-bonded non-woven, such as Kovenex, you can decrease weight and increase dexterity and performance.
A “one size fits all” approach to heat resistant gloves and other PPE apparel simply doesn’t cut it anymore. Ensure your gloves are offering the necessary levels of performance, durability and dexterity for industrial workers – and differentiate your products from the rest – by safeguarding them with Kovenex.