Why Don't Workers Wear Gloves?
Written by Mary Padron
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that wearing gloves reduces the relative risk of hand injuries by 60 percent. That’s a pretty good statistic, which should encourage industrial and construction workers to put on their gloves. However, safety professionals are frequently challenged—on a daily basis—by workers who won’t willingly put on their work gloves or by employees who won’t consistently wear their gloves during the work day.
The BLS says hand injuries are the No. 2 leading cause of work-related injury and the most preventable, yet they send more than one million workers to the emergency room annually.
So why don’t workers wear gloves?
Workers often don’t wear gloves because many gloves in the marketplace are too bulky or don’t allow for the dexterity and control that workers need to do their jobs. Or, after extended wear, the glove becomes hot, awkward and downright uncomfortable.
What can suppliers do to improve compliance for hand protection?
Savvy suppliers of hand protection understand that “protection and comfort are both knights at the roundtable.” Leading manufacturers are actively listening to the “uncomfortable” complaints made by industrial workers and are engineering gloves made with Dyneema Diamond Technology, which is the new standard in cut protection – providing double to triple improvement in cut resistance with gloves that are 40 percent lighter than gloves made with aramid fiber. The thin fiber and unique polymer dramatically aid in producing a glove that is comfortable to wear.
Some benefits of gloves made with Dyneema Diamond Technology include:
- Better feel and control
- Radiates heat away from hands for all-day comfort
- High strength
- Cool-touch comfort
- Increased cut resistance without fiberglass discomfort
- Durable and washable for long lasting protection
- Resistant to UV and chemicals, like bleach
- Floats on water
SOURCE: Industrial Supply