Winter work essentials: Choosing the right gloves to protect your hands
12th January 2024

During colder months or when exposed to cold environments hand grip and flexibility can decrease, reducing dexterity. It’s essential to maintain your hands' warmth to avoid mistakes and injuries that come with cold temperature exposure, with a pair of high-performance, insulated gloves, designed specifically for the task at hand.

Thermal hand protection has an added layer of defence against the elements, while still allowing workers to maintain dexterity and carry out their best work no matter the weather.

At Globus, we recognise the importance of not only shielding hands from the cold but also safeguarding against various workplace hazards. Our range of thermal gloves conforms to the EN:511 standard, ensuring optimum protection. This certificate is awarded to those gloves proven to help employees operate efficiently in winter. For example, an EN:511 certificate:

  • Improves comfort in cold working conditions, such as working outside in winter.
  • Facilitates safe handling of cold or frozen objects, such as pipework in winter.
  • Benefits from some degree of water impermeability, allowing employees to work for longer in both frozen and damp conditions.

Here’s what you need to consider when choosing the right winter gloves:

  • Breathability – Even in cold weather, perspiration can be a problem, so breathability is essential. Proper ventilation allows sweat to escape from the gloves, preventing moisture buildup.
  • Waterproof – Keeping your hands dry is crucial during winter. Wet or damp gloves can increase heat loss, making your hands colder. Opt for waterproof gloves to ensure your hands stay dry and warm for longer, even in wet conditions.
  • Insulation – When working in colder environments, retaining body heat is vital. Look for gloves with adequate insulation to keep your hands comfortably warm, allowing you to work efficiently.
  • Dexterity – 70% of hand injuries happen after gloves have been removed. If a glove is not dexterous enough, workers may remove it to carry out their work – leaving them unprotected from hazards and the cold. Choose safety gloves with high dexterity this winter to ensure unrestricted movement and avoid the need for removal.
  • Touchscreen functionality – If tasks involve using touchscreen devices, then a glove with touchscreen capabilities is a smart choice. This alleviates the risk of workers having to remove their gloves to access devices, removing the risk of increased injury due to hand exposure.

Thermal protection options from Globus:

  • Skytec Argon – This double-insulated general handling glove remains flexible to temperatures as low as -50 degrees Celsius. Featuring a soft, thermal lining and durable HPT foam coating that extends across the knuckles – this glove possesses excellent dexterity, flexibility, and durability.
  • Skytec Tromso+ - Combining the renowned thermal protection of our Skytec Tromso with high-level cut protection, the Tromso+ is the ultimate choice for workers in cold environments handling sharp components. Designed to be lightweight and hand-conforming, this glove offers an outstanding grip in both dry and wet conditions.
  • Skytec Radius EW151 – A fully coated glove combining thermal properties and cut resistance. This glove is ideal for handling sharp components in wet environments and has a thermal liner providing insulation at cold temperatures.
  • Skytec Eco Bronze - A thermal glove with a recycled polyester liner and nitrile foam knuckle coating to work in oily and wet conditions. This glove also features touchscreen capabilities to allow usage with screen devices, alleviating the risk of workers removing their gloves.
  • Skytec Tromso – A flexible fully coated insulated glove with a breathable nylon inner for reduced perspiration and skin irritation. This glove also features a soft fleece lining for increased comfort in colder conditions.

This winter, prioritise safety without compromising warmth. Explore our full collection of winter-ready gloves here.

Want to experience the difference for yourself?

The Globus 360 programme can help you assess and decide what PPE is required for your specific industry and application, with a thorough assessment and ongoing support provided.

To find out more about the Globus 360 programme, click here.

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