C40? C100? G150? Is more Thinsulate™ better? We’ve met extensively with 3M™ to come up with standards around what Thinsulate™ levels to use in what temperatures, but too many variables create complexity that makes a definitive answer impossible. The answers are as complex as the operations being performed.
While there are no official or technical absolutes, our experience of outfitting companies around the world with thermal gloves does give us some insight. You don’t want to underestimate the level of protection, but remember that having too much protection can also have negative results.
Here are some guidelines:
Finally, when considering Thinsulate™ levels, realize that if a glove manufacturer compresses the Thinsulate™ to reduce bulk, it also reduces the thermal qualities! Make sure you're using a glove company you trust and ask a lot of questions!
HexArmor® always encourages testing of PPE prior to adoption. Make sure you have the right amount of thermal protection needed for your environment and application by talking to one of our safety specialists today.