A comprehensive guide to impact-resistant gloves and their applicability across industries
6th November 2023

Why do you need an impact protection glove?

Shielding your hands allows you to work safely, minimizing concerns about hand-related risks. Your hands are intricately structured, comprising numerous bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, nerves, and arteries that facilitate extensive movement and sensory feedback.

Many manual tasks carry the risk of hand injuries from impacts. Impact protection gloves are specifically crafted to provide superior protection, surpassing the capabilities of standard work gloves when tackling heavy-duty jobs.

By selecting the right glove, you not only shield yourself from impacts but also from cuts, abrasions, punctures, as well as exposure to chemicals and contaminants. 

How do impact gloves work?

Our impact-resistant gloves are crafted from a combination of multiple layers, featuring foam-laminated polyester spandex fabric with moulded TPR protection. They provide substantial cushioning for managing hefty components while ensuring exceptional dexterity.

What are the standards of impact-resistant gloves?

There are two global standards when selecting an impact glove: EN 388 and ISEA 138. Though both have similar test methods, each standard has a different scoring and rating system and knowing the difference between them is critical to making better-informed decisions about glove selection and ultimately keeping wearers safe.

EN 388 examines only one aspect: the impact on the knuckles in the same area. In contrast, ISEA 138 testing assesses the impact on the knuckles, fingers, and thumb, employing 18 drops. Both tests involve dropping a 2.5kg weight from a height of 20cm, generating a force of 20kN.

What industries use impact gloves?

Impact-resistant gloves offer diverse hand protection options tailored to various industries and occupations.

They play a critical role in safeguarding hands when the potential for harm is at its peak, notably in sectors such as oil and gas, construction, manufacturing, and mining. However, the risk of impact-related injuries to hands and fingers is also prevalent in the aerospace, chemical, and automotive industries.

How do I choose the right glove?

Our range of impact gloves includes models designed for specific environments and industries. Impact-resistant gloves can also protect from low temperatures and wet working conditions, as well as hazards such as cuts, vibration, and chemicals. The multi-hazard protection solutions our gloves provide always give workers the confidence to complete their work, no matter the risks they encounter.

On our product page, you'll find convenient filters for industry-based and hazard-specific hand protection recommendations. 

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