Persons who work in environments that require them to handle sharp objects want to wear the safest, cut-resistant gloves that are available for their particular needs. Cut resistance defines the material that the gloves are constructed from. One method of testing the fabric is using force to cut through the material using a moving blade. In the U.S., the ASTM F1790 is the most common test for cut resistance, which along with ANSI/ISEA glove selecting criteria rates them on a scale from 0 to 5.
Other factors that are also important to consider are the workplace conditions: humidity, temperature and lubricants that are involved. Most cut-resistant gloves are made from stainless steel wrapped with softer nylon yarn for strength and comfort. These types of gloves are suitable of food processing, canning, glass handling, and metal fabricating applications.
Certain materials that are in the design of cut-resistant gloves are five times stronger than steel. Although they are strong and cut-resistant, they are not puncture-proof. They are not intended for use near powered blades or other rotating equipment.
Employers know the risk factors in their workplace. Things they should look for when selecting cut-resistant gloves for their employees:
- Tear strength
- Abrasion resistance
- Durability – select gloves that will be as strong at the end of the shift as at the beginning.
- Comfort – gloves that are going to stay on all day long should be comfortable.
- Fit – gloves that are loose will only make things clumsy for the employee.
- Grip –very important that the glove allows a good grip.
Certain types of industrial jobs require wearing cut-resistant sleeves, as well. The main ingredient to reducing injuries is to train employees well in the type of risks they will encounter on a daily basis. As with any well-trained workers, they learn to never take their safety for granted: to be constantly aware of accidents that may be waiting to happen.