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How to Choose the Best Work Gloves for the Job

People have been relying on work gloves for thousands of years, and today a pair of gloves remains as sturdy and practical a tool as any a worker might utilize. New technological advances have produced gloves thick enough to provide adequate protection for dangerous work while allowing enough dexterity for precise movement. Manufacturers have also made strides in designing work gloves comfortable enough that workers will be less tempted to forego wearing them. Even so, more than one third of all workplace accidents involve hand injuries, costing companies more than $300 million per year according to OSHA Fact Sheet 93-03. The best work gloves for a specific task are essential to protecting employees, as well as companies’ bottom lines.

Every worker knows the importance of picking the best tool for the job, and gloves are like any other tool in that respect: you’ll need the right pair at hand in order to achieve your work goals while protecting yourself correctly. The wrong glove choice, or the decision to work without gloves, could result in injury and its attendant negative effects, such as loss of productivity, decreased employee morale, and higher medical and worker’s compensation costs. Risks workers face that the right gloves can prevent range from skin absorption of harmful substances to cuts and lacerations, severe abrasions, punctures, chemical and thermal burns, and extremes of heat and cold. As the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) states in its hand protection standard 1910.128, the responsibility rests with employers to ensure that the best type of glove is always available for the workplace.

Work gloves made from old reliable standards, such as cotton cloth and leather are useful for many tasks that pose a risk of cuts, punctures or abrasions. Product assembly and material handling require dexterity and tactile sensitivity, which leather work gloves or those made from cotton blends or canvas are best at providing while also protecting the worker from the hazards their tasks pose. Heavier-gauge (thicker)variations provide more hand protection but less sensitivity than thinner-gauge gloves, so the appropriate type should be selected based on the type of work as well as the nature of the hazards present.

Construction workers may deal with heavier and more abrasive materials, and are at risk from wood and metal splinters as well as cuts, scrapes and repetitive motion injuries. Sufficiently thick leather gloves and gloves made from Kevlar or other advanced polymers are necessary for such heavy-duty work. Workers who will be exposed to extreme temperatures, such as those who pack frozen foods, should wear work gloves that insulate against cold temperatures.

Multi-purpose work gloves, which allow for enough dexterity and tactility for a wide range of tasks while providing protection from various kinds of hazards, are often the best option for laborers. Having one sturdy pair rather than a different pair for each type of tasks makes it more convenient for the worker and reduces the risk that he or she will use the wrong kind of glove. By sticking with one flexible pair, the worker will not be at risk of taking off one pair and then forgetting or declining to put on the next when changing tasks.

Workers who handle or are at risk of exposure to hazardous liquids should wear chemical resistant gloves made from synthetic materials. Many liquid chemicals will simply eat through gloves made from more traditional materials, putting the worker at risk for serious burns and other hazards. Glove materials that may provide protection against chemicals include nitrile, latex, neoprene, polyvinylchloride, or other polymers. Nitrile gloves, where appropriate, are the safest option for workers with latex allergies. The glove material and thickness should be selected based on its resistance to the specific chemical or chemicals that are being dealt with. Each chemical’s Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) should provide guidance on selecting the right type of glove. A combination of multiple types may need to be worn simultaneously where the worker faces hazards from more than one chemical.

In addition to selecting the best kind of glove, it is also crucial to inspect gloves before each use to ensure that they will be effective and are not, for instance, worn down or torn. Gloves exposed to contaminants, such as toxic chemicals, must be decontaminated using the appropriate procedures prior to reuse. It is often safer and more cost-effective to replace synthetic gloves rather than attempt to reuse them. All types of work gloves should be replaced regularly, as the integrity of the item is inevitably undermined through use.

Whatever the material, the employer should be aware that gloves must be properly fitted to the individual worker in order for the product to work properly. Gloves that are too loose or too tight may leave exposed areas of skin, produce discomfort or reduce dexterity. Employers may benefit from seeking employee feedback on the efficacy of the gloves used in the workplace as well as what kinds of gloves the workers would most prefer to use. The right pair of work gloves not only protects workers and allows them to function at a high rate of productivity, but also is also comfortable enough that workers will gladly use them without hesitation.

Latex & Non-Latex Glove Allergies: Symptoms & Relief

Latex and non-latex disposable gloves are indispensable safety tools for a variety of worksites. However, this variety of work gloves can also present problems when individuals who use them experience the uncomfortable symptoms of allergies. Those experiencing such reactions should first receive a proper diagnosis to correctly identify whether the symptoms are indeed an allergy, as well as the likely source of the physical response. When the cause of the reaction has been identified, avoidance of the material and substitution with an alternative should solve the problem and bring soothing relief.

Glove Allergy Symptoms: Latex & Non-Latex

So, how do you know if you’re allergic to latex, one of the most common glove manufacturing materials? Some workers who experience a reaction to this particular textile may have a Type I latex allergy: hypersensitivity to latex proteins. This kind of allergy usually begins within minutes of exposure, but sometimes occurs hours later. It is a systemic allergic reaction, and symptoms commonly include sneezing, runny nose, coughing, scratchy throat, itchy eyes, hives, rashes on the face, swelling and itching of the skin, particularly on the hands. In some cases, the reaction to the latex gloves may also involve more severe reactions, including nausea, abdominal cramps, low blood pressure, dizziness, asthma marked by difficult breathing and, in rare cases, anaphylaxis (shock) and death.

Another glove-related allergy is the Type IV response, or Type IV allergic contact dermatitis. This particular sensitivity manifests itself as itchy, red, small blisters, and, in chronic cases, as dry, thickened skin, crusting and scabbing sores. Luckily, is usually restricted to the areas of contact. Type IV symptoms occur in response to residues from chemical accelerators used in manufacturing both latex and non-latex hand protection, such as neoprene and nitrile gloves.

Some patients present symptoms of both Type I and Type IV reactions, so it is essential to have an accurate diagnosis from a qualified medical professional, such as an allergist or dermatologist, in order to determine the cause of the allergic reaction. Sometimes, the problem is not in fact an allergic reaction at all. For instance, reactions to vinyl gloves are almost never allergic reactions but may be contact urticaria, a simple skin irritation caused by perspiration and lack of ventilation inside the glove. Type I latex allergy and Type IV allergies are diagnosed by symptoms as well as medical history. Additionally, a skin-prick or blood test can determine Type I, and a patch test can determine Type IV.

Latex & Non-Latex Glove Allergy Relief

Successful latex allergy treatment is all about avoidance. Those who have developed this reaction should, as far as possible, prevent all subsequent exposure to the protein. They should wear only non-latex gloves, such as nitrile or vinyl. To better decrease the risk of further reaction, other workers around the allergic individual should also wear non-latex or reduced-protein, powder-free latex gloves. When powdered hand protection is put on or taken off, particles of allergen-laden latex protein powder are released into the air and may be inhaled by those who are allergic, contacting mucous membranes and potentially causing respiratory symptoms. As a general precaution, it is a good idea to avoid using such products altogether. Sensitivity to latex proteins can develop after repeated exposure, and individuals who wear powdered gloves increase their skin’s exposure to those proteins and their potential for experiencing allergic reactions.

In response to concern over Type IV allergic reactions, many manufacturers have introduced accelerator-free products. Some glove brands advertise “Low Dermatitis Potential,” which is regulated for accuracy by the Food and Drug Administration. Those concerned about Type IV allergic reactions may want to seek out such alternatives.

Employers can help prepare for latex and non-latex glove allergies by educating staff about the accompanying signs and symptoms. In the vast majority of cases, allergies to glove material can be easily controlled once the offending allergen or irritant is identified and eliminated. The use of alternative products presents a simple solution to an otherwise troublesome situation.

New Fire Service Gloves for Firefighters

Our selection of Fire Gloves has expanded to include Shelby Specialty Gloves, an industry leader in firefighting gloves and the top choice for professional and volunteer firefighters around the world. Shelby gloves deliver world class performance and hand protection during extrication, rescue, aircraft rescue, wildland and structural firefighting operations.

Structure Gloves – NFPA or OSHA certified gloves made to perform at a high-level and meet the demands of structural firefighters. These gloves come in various materials that have fire retardant properties.
Wildland Gloves – used by wildland firefighters, these gloves offer a high-level of cut and abrasion resistance, while providing excellent dexterity when handling fire tools, including chainsaws, rakes, shovels and drip torches.
Proximity Gloves – made from aluminized PBI/Kevlar, these gloves protect against extreme radiant heat generated by burning fuels and other Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting operations.
Extrication Gloves – these specially designed gloves have cut, puncture and abrasion resistant properties that protect firefighters and rescuers from sharp objects during extrication operations. They also have extra padding around the knuckles.
Rope Gloves – specifically designed to protect your hands from injuries associated with rope rescue operations. Rope gloves have reinforcements built-into areas of the glove where rope is handled the most.
Rescue Gloves – general purpose work gloves that offer excellent protection against cuts and abrasions.

Shelby fire gloves come loaded with features including waterproof liners and flame resistant fabric liners that are breathable and sewn directly to the glove shell. These fire resistant gloves have the level of protection your firefighting application requires.

High Five Products recently announced it was acquired by BarrierSafe Solutions International

High Five is a provider of disposable gloves and non-woven apparel.

High Five is a major supplier for Enviro Safety Products and its Subsidiaries like Public Safety With the acquisition being announced, we are very excited to see High Five grow, and we’re looking forward to even more product selection for our customers.”

David Gust founded High Five in 1996 and believes he selected the right partner to lead
High Five forward. High Five will continue to operate out of its same offices and
distribution centers, and will benefit from the added buying power of the BarrierSafe
portfolio. In addition, High Five’s VP of Sales will continue with the company in the
same capacity.

Barrier Safe and High Five now comprise several product lines including latex, nitrile and vinyl gloves, along with many other supplies for Fire, Police and EMT Services.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Enviro Safety Products is happy to be a supplier of fine products like disposable gloves for the fire, police and EMT communities.

Winter Safety

During emergency response activities or recovery operations, workers may be required to work in cold environments, and sometimes for extended periods. Cold stress is a common problem encountered in these types of situations. Enviro Safety Products has cut the prices on some of our most popular winter safety gear. Check out the savings now! The following will help workers understand what cold stress is, how it may affect their health and safety, and how it can be prevented.

How cold is too cold? According to OSHA, when the body is unable to keep itself warm, cold induced stress may result. Tissue damage and death are possible outcomes if precautions are not taken.  Air temperature, wind speed, moisture in the air, and contact with cold water or surfaces all increase the possibility of greater damage.

How does the body react to cold conditions? When in a cold environment, most of your body’s energy is used to keep your internal temperature warm. Over time, your body will begin to shift blood flow from your extremities (hands, feet, arms, and legs) and outer skin to the core (chest and abdomen). This allows exposed skin and the extremities to cool rapidly and increases the risk of frostbite and hypothermia. Combine this with cold water, and trench foot may also be a problem.

Protective clothing is the best precaution to avoid injury due to cold. When working in cold weather, wear the proper clothing. Three layers works best with the outer layer protecting the worker from wind and rain while still allowing some ventilation. Wear a hat or hood and insulated footwear.

Drink plenty of liquids, avoiding caffeine and alcohol. It is easy to become dehydrated in cold weather. If possible, heavy work should be scheduled during the warmer parts of the day. Take breaks out of the cold. Try to work in pairs to keep an eye on each other and watch for signs of cold stress. Avoid fatigue since energy is needed to keep muscles warm. Take frequent breaks and consume warm, high calorie food such as pasta to maintain energy reserves.

Enviro Safety Products Discount for Irene Clean Up

Disasters such as Hurricane Irene cause considerable hardship on our communities and businesses. As a valued Enviro Safety Products customer, we would like to extend the following offer:

10% off all orders shipped to the East Coast in areas that were affected by Hurricane Irene.

We hope this will assist in clean up and restoration efforts. We offer a complete line of

We will make every effort to ship your requests as soon as possible.

This offer will be valid until September 30, 2011. Simply enter the coupon code irene upon checkout to receive your discount.

Women’s Work

In 2010, women accounted for 46.7% of the workforce. More women than ever before are choosing non-traditional occupations, such as welders or electricians. The problem is most occupational safety equipment were meant to fit men. However, the good news is that some companies have recognized this problem, and designed their products to fit the smaller frame of a woman.

  • Women’s Safety Glasses: A large selection of lighter, smaller frames and stylish designs mean women don’t have to sacrifice comfort for protection. All our Womens Safety Glasses meet ANSI Z87 high impact standards, and protect against harmful UV rays.
  • Women’s Welding Gloves: AngelFire Welding Gloves are just as tough as men’s welding gloves, but cut smaller and thinner better fit a woman’s hands. Available in TIG Welding and MIG/Stick Welding styles.
  • Womens Welding Coats: AngelFire Welding Coats feature a contoured body, tapered sleeves and high collar, eliminating gaps that can leave skin exposed to sparks. Choose the 9oz FR Cotton Welding Coat for light jobs, or the Hybrid FR Cotton/Pigskin Welding Coat for heavy duty protection.
  • Women’s Fall Protection: The Ms. Miller Harness is the only full body harness specifically designed for the female worker. Made from a blend of Polyester, Nylon and Lycra, its straps are cut fuller in the hips and higher in the chest, making it much more comfortable for women.

So come on ladies – Don’t settle for just any safety equipment! Choose equipment designed with you in mind!

How to Select the Right Welding Glove

Ask any welder, the best welding gloves offer flexibility, durability, comfort and heat resistance.  Even though the sole purpose of  a welding glove  is to protect your hands from high temperatures, they are not all the same. Grain, Split, Deerskin, Pigskin, Cowhide, Mig,  Tig, Stick gloves, oh the pressure! There’s a few things to consider when shopping for welding gloves.  First the protection level, application,  leather preference and Welding Glovesquality(which often follows price).

Welding gloves can range anywhere from 3 bucks to $20. Remember, you get what you pay for. That’s why it’s important to know the application and protection level you need.  For example, economic welding gloves are great for short term welding applications and general purpose applications that need low heat, flame or spark protection. However, these gloves are often made of the lowest grade of animal skin, offer less protection and don’t last as long. That’s when the most important question comes into play: “What type of protection do I need?” Rule of thumb; the higher the heat, the more insulation or lining your glove needs. Unfortunately, the thicker the lining the less dexterity you might have.  Identifying key features that different leathers offer will  help you select the right welders gloves. Here’s animal skins 101 for welders:


Elk Skin: Most resistant from heat, flames and abrasions

Cowhide:  Durable, heat and flame resistant

Deerskin: Most comfortable fit and dexterity

Pigskin:  Most resistant to oil and water than any types of leather

Goatskin: Lightweight, oil and weather resistant


Grain: The smooth outer layer from which the animal hair grows. Grain leather appears smooth and shiny and provides better sensitivity and control.

Split: Located entirely on the flesh side.  Split leather is napped (also know as suede)  and is much thicker.


Tig Welding:  TIG welders use one hand to add the filler rod while the other hand holds the torch. This type of welding produces the most heat which requires thicker gloves. The most important feature in a TIG welding glove is Kevlar thread that provides additional heat resistance.  In addition, a TIG glove lined with wool or cotton-foam can provide more protection than a glove lined with cotton. TIG Welding Gloves are designed specifically for TIG welding. They offer the maximum heat protection features without loss of dexterity.

Mig Welding: Mig Welding is the most common used welding process.  It uses a welding gun, a power source, shielding gas and a constant feed of welding wire.  This process generates high heat and requires high dexterity. MIG Gloves feature excellent heat protection along with comfort and dexterity.

STICK (SMAW) Welding: Stick welding (also referred as arc welding) is a manual welding process that uses a consumable electrode coated in flux to lay the weld. This welding process produces less heat with virtually no sparks or splatter. STICK welding gloves provide low heat protection and emphasize on dexterity. Thin, top-grain pigskin, deerskin gloves are often used for Stick welding.

Latex Allergies On The Rise in Health Care Professionals

Work gloves are necessary in many occupations to protect hands from hazardous materials. Latex varieties are well suited for many different industries and settings. But for some workers, repeated exposure to latex can cause allergic reactions. The more you are exposed to latex, the higher your chances are of developing a latex allergy.  According to the NIOSH, latex allergies from occupational exposure are on the rise, especially in health care workers.


The two most common forms of exposure to latex are through skin contact (wearing gloves) and inhalation. Now, if you’re like me, you’re thinking “I don’t sniff rubber gloves. I don’t need to worry about inhalation”. Wrong! Snapping on or removing gloves releases latex particles into the air, which can end up in your lungs.

Types of Reactions:

Symptoms can vary depending on the type of allergic reaction. Irritant Contact Dermatitis is the least serious reaction, resulting in minor irritations such as redness and itching where skin has come into contact with latex. Allergic Contact Dermatitis is a delayed reaction to the chemicals added to latex during processing, and has the same symptoms as Irritant Contact Dermatitis. Latex Hypersensitivity is the rarest and most dangerous reaction to latex, and results from inhalation of latex particles. Symptoms can range from mild to serious. A mild reaction will feel like hayfever, with sneezing, runny nose, and itchy watery eyes. More severe reactions can include difficulty breathing, chest pain, or rapid heart rate. In some cases, anaphylactic shock and death are possible without proper treatment.


Studies show that using  Nitrile Gloves (instead of latex gloves) is most beneficial for preventing latex allergies. However, latex gloves are usually stronger and more puncture resistant. If you must wear latex gloves, try Powder-Free Latex Gloves to reduce the amount of latex particles in the air.

New Line – Whizard Gloves

Whizard Cut Resistant GlovesNeed cut protection? We now carry Whizard Cut Resistant Gloves from Wells Lamont. Wells Lamont has produced numerous innovative technologies, resulting in both the widest range and highest quality products. Whizard Gloves are extremely cut-resistant and come in various fabrics offering different levels of cut resistance.

In general there are two types of cut hazards:

1. Clean, sharp edge cuts, such as knife blades and clean edge sheet glass.
2. Abrasive cut hazards. These include: rough edge sheet metal; stamped or punched sheet metal; and rough edged sheet glass.

The Whizard Handguard II is the original heavy duty glove that protects against clean, sharp edge cuts. No other work glove offer this level of protection! Handguard II uses a unique combination of ultra-high strength Spectra, Vectran and stainless steel to provide the ultimate in hand protection against cuts and slashes. This glove is great for meat, poultry and seafood processing, material handling and deli slicer cleaning.