Breaking down cut resistant materials

Regardless of industry, hand injuries account for a significant number of recordable incidents, making high performance safety gloves a critical component of any safety program.

One of the most common types of hand injuries involves lacerations, but, choosing the right cut resistant work gloves can help companies lead to the common goal of zero injuries. When selecting a glove for cut resistance one of the most important components to consider is the cut resistant material from which it’s made. There are a wide range of cut resistant materials used by glove manufactures, each with various strengths and weaknesses. Making the best decision about which safety glove to use can positively impact a safety program, and the following question must be answered:

  • Do workers need cut protection on the back of the hand, or just on the palm?
  • What, if any, puncture hazards are present? Are these hazards blunt/industrial puncture, or are your workers at risk of coming into contact with hypodermic needles?
  • How much dexterity and tactile sensitivity is needed to ensure that tasks can be completed?

These questions and more come up consistently when figuring out what cut resistant glove is needed in specific applications.

Learn more about the different cut resistant materials used for making safety gloves and how they can be the difference between a recordable injury and no injury.

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