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Everything You Should Know about Anti-Vibration Gloves

Specialised Protective gloves are a requirement for different kinds of workplace tasks and for various industrial activities. Until recently, when working with power tools, vibrating machinery or pneumatically driven impact tools, general foam cell padded palm anti-vibration gloves have been considered to be the best Hand Arm Vibration (HAV) protection you can provide. However, the very latest scientific research is uncovering the ‘one glove fixes all’ misconception.

PIP Aust, a wholesale glove Designer and Importer has established a partnership with Swedish Specialised Textile manufacturers Eureka Safety AB for distribution of their unique Frequency Tuned Vibration Reducing glove range.

The unique ‘Eureka’ Impact Vibration reducing gloves are specifically designed to absorb the exact ‘wave band oscillations’ emitting from each tool or machine being operated. These emissions are measured in Frequency (Hertz) and are linked to the revolutions (RPM) each piece of equipment is operating at.

It is important to note the current global Workplace Vibration Standards guidelines are based on studies from the 1970’s. During this time, tool / machinery and material / manufacturing technologies have advanced dramatically. Exhaustive studies throughout the last 3 years, have confirmed that each type of “vibration reducing” material and its specific construction method will provide a vastly different range of vibration absorbing effectiveness.

If you frequently operate equipment and tools with very high impact or very high frequency vibration (400+ Hertz), then you’ll need to protect yourself with a different Vibration absorbing material glove in order to avoid the risk of developing hand-arm vibration syndrome.

In Lower Impact or Lower revving (-400 Hertz) tools and machinery, the vibration absorbing material must provide differing characteristic and so a different glove will be required to protect your arms and hands from a serious condition known as HAVS (hand-arm vibration syndrome). HAVS is also known as white finger syndrome. It was categorized as a secondary form of Raynaud’s phenomenon.

It is now becoming understood, that at very low frequencies (below 200 Hertz) that having any vibration absorption material in the fingers of the glove will actually increase the potential for damage to the wearer’s fingers over time. This occurs due to the amplification of the vibration via the action of the padding material at the fingers.

Anti-vibration gloves are an essential piece of your P.P.E kit if you work with power, air tools or any kind of vibrating machinery. Below you can find some examples of equipment and power tools which may cause HAVS:

  • Grinders
  • Chainsaws
  • Sanders
  • Power drills,
  • Pneumatic drills
  • Impact wrenches
  • Jackhammers and more.

Anti-vibration gloves should be used by workers in industries such as:

  • Auto repair
  • Quarrying
  • Construction
  • Engineering
  • Agriculture, and more.

Hand-arm syndrome is a very serious condition which affects the muscles, blood vessels, joints and nerves in the arms, wrists and hands. Injuries usually occur at frequencies between 5-2000 Hz.

How to reduce risks?

If you operate High revving air tools or heavy vibrating machinery, you should make sure to keep wearing the correct Frequency Reducing gloves. This can be a great help in reducing HAV damage, so take the time to understand the RPM and / or the Hertz output of each tool to be used and match this with the correct glove. Wear them every time you operate any kind of vibrating machinery. These gloves are used to block the amount of damaging frequency vibration transmission from impact powered tools and protect you from the negative health consequences which are associated with exposure to vibration.

An interesting point for our Cold weather States down south. Anti-vibration gloves that keep your hands warm in Cold environments, will improve your blood flow, which is very beneficial when operating heavy vibrating machinery. Ensuring a healthy blood circulation is crucial in this kind of work, in order to avoid any kind of health issues.

Anti-vibration gloves in combination with high quality reduced vibration emission tools will make your work experience much more comfortable, and more importantly, safer than ever.

Now that you have an update and know a little more about anti-vibration science, selecting the correct work gloves and all the risks which may occur if you don’t use them wisely. It’s time to take the next step and look up more information contact us at pipaus.com, to ensure that you get the latest scientifically proven high quality ‘Frequency Tuned’ safety gloves for you and your employees.

Donation for the Townsville Flood Clean up Effort

We are all shocked at the devastation that residents and farming communities of our North Queensland neighbours have had to endure in the recent flooding events this February 2019.

To try and assist the best we can P.I.P(Aust) has donated and urgently sent a pallet load of work gloves up to Townsville late last week to help with the flood clean up efforts.

Our regional distributor Hip Pocket Workwear and Safety has informed us that the Townsville S.E.S has been one of the grateful recipients of these high quality safety gloves.

Special thanks go to our business partners: Sadleirs Logistics for their warehouse support in picking and sending;Toll Group for transporting.

 

Stay safe,

Warren Krause

Managing Director

Protective Industrial Products (Australia) Pty Ltd.

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Tips for Choosing the Right Cut-Resistant Gloves

Are your employees at higher risk of getting cuts? If yes, you should definitely get in touch with a professional glove supplier, such as PIP Aus, and protect your workers from getting injured.

Wearing the right cut-resistant gloves in the workplace is of utmost importance if you want to remain safe and in no danger of being affected by cuts. There are various factors that can help you determine the type of gloves needed for the job at hand. Therefore, let’s have a look at some useful tips for choosing the right cut-resistant gloves:

  1. Determine the Level of Cut Resistance Needed

There are different cut-resistant ratings that you should be familiar with. You should also bear in mind that purchasing gloves with the highest level of cut resistance doesn’t always mean that your workers will get the highest level of safety. In other words, get the appropriate cut resistance level for the job at hand. So, let’s have a look at the 9 ANSI cut resistance levels and the different types of protection they offer:

There are different cut-resistant ratings that provide a reference for better matching the most suitable glove to the potential hazard. You should also bear in mind that purchasing gloves with the highest level of cut resistance doesn’t always mean that your workers will get the highest level of Productivity or correct fit and feel for the task. In other words, get the appropriate cut resistance level for the job provides you with the best grip and control at the most appropriate cost. So, let’s have a look at the new ISO 13997 cut resistance levels and the different types of protection they offer:

  • Level A – Low Nuisance cuts (material handling, paper cuts)
  • Level B – Moderate cut hazards (small parts handling, warehouse, construction, forestry, packaging, general purpose)
  • Level C & D – High cut hazards (glass and bottle handling, manufacturing, electrical, dry walling, automotive assembly, roof fixing, metal handling, canning)
  • Level E – Extreme cut hazards (sharp metal stamping, automotive, meat processing, metal recycling, milling steel, pulp and paper)
  • Level F – Ultra High cut hazards (glass and window manufacturing, metal recycling and fabrication, automotive, sharp metal stamping, butchering, oil and gas, industrial pipe fitting, steel cable handling, sheet metal)

As a bonus, if you need to check specifics in the new EN388:2016 levels click here to find out more

  1. Consider the Materials Needed

Glove manufacturers use different materials when producing cut-resistant gloves from cotton to Kevlar. However, this also means that different materials offer different cut resistance levels.

For example, leather offers almost no protection unless the gloves include a cut-resistant liner. Next, cotton offers a bit more cut resistance compared to leather, but it isn’t really the right material for glove safety.

If you want to get gloves with high cut and abrasion resistance levels, you should seek for gloves made of Kevlar or Dyneema. And, if you’re looking for something superior, search for gloves made from either of these two but enhanced with steel fibers.

So, determine which material or combination will be best suitable for your industry because all-purpose gloves don’t exist. What’s best for one workplace might not be the ideal choice for yours.

  1. Try out Several Styles

Finding the perfect cut-resistant gloves for your company might seem like an easy task, but it actually might take a bit longer. Why? Because even if the gloves are made of the right material and offer the right level of cut resistance, your workers might not feel comfortable wearing them, or they might feel either hot or cold.

Therefore, it is best to get a few different styles and ask your crew to test them. Now, don’t think this would be just a waste of time; once the testing period ends, you can provide your workers with the right pair of gloves and ensure they do their best at work.

Tips for Choosing the Right Chemical and Liquid Resistant Gloves

When choosing the right safety gloves you must seriously consider the fit, function, and what’s most important, the protection level required for the job. Selecting the right glove is crucial if safety is your number one priority, especially when it comes to handling various chemicals and liquids at your workplace. Hence, you’d better get your PPE from a reliable glove supplier. If you’re looking for a glove safety Brisbane located supplier, look no further and contact PIP Aus to ensure you get the best hand protection either for yourself or your company’s workers.

As we already mentioned, hand protection is of high importance when handling chemicals and thus you need to determine the appropriate type of glove required for the job at hand. To do so, you should ask yourself some questions and carefully think about and determine the following factors that will help you select the right pair of gloves for you:

  • Types of chemicals being handled
  • The nature of contact – total immersion or splashes only
  • The duration of contact
  • The body parts that need protection – hand, forearm, or arm protection
  • The grip and dexterity level needed

Now that you know which elements will affect your decision and choice, we may move on and discuss the different materials used for manufacturing chemical-resistant gloves.

Namely, such gloves are generally made from various kinds of rubber including natural (latex), neoprene, butyl, nitrile, and fluorocarbon (Viton), and several types of plastic such as polyvinyl chloride, polyvinyl alcohol, and polyethylene. All of these materials can be combined or covered with an extra layer to provide better protection and performance.

So, let’s have a look at the most commonly used chemical and liquid-resistant gloves and their application:

  1. Butyl Gloves

This type of glove is commonly used when a person is exposed to a substance for an extended period of time. They are made of synthetic rubber and provide protection not only from many different chemicals but also from oxidation, water, steam permeation, and abrasion. What’s more, is that they keep their flexibility even at low temperatures. Butyl rubber gloves protect from:

  • Ketones, esters, alcohols
  • Peroxides
  • Rocket fuels
  • Nitric acid
  • Sulfuric acid
  • Hydrochloric acid
  • Strong bases
  1. Natural (Latex) Gloves

Natural (latex) rubber gloves are designed to protect from incidental chemical contact. They are suitable for people handling biological hazards or water-based liquids. Plus, they offer great tensile strength, flexibility, comfort, and temperature resistance. Also, they protect from grinding or polishing abrasions. These gloves protect from:

  • Acids
  • Alkalis
  • Salts
  • Ketones

Furthermore, in case of latex allergy, they can be replaced with hypoallergenic gloves, glove liners, and powder-less gloves.

  1. Neoprene Gloves

Made of synthetic rubber, these gloves offer good flexibility, finger dexterity, and resistance against high density and tear. In general, they have higher chemical and wear-resistance features than natural latex gloves. Neoprene gloves protect from:

  • Hydraulic fluids
  • Gasoline
  • Alcohols
  • Organic acids
  • Alkalis
  • Peroxides
  • Hydrocarbons
  • Bases
  1. Nitrile Gloves

These gloves are made of a copolymer and are considered to be versatile, general-use safety gloves. Nitrile disposable exam gloves are suitable for incidental contact whereas nitrile thicker gloves are intended for extended contact. They offer protection from:

  • Chlorinated solvents
  • Petroleum oils
  • Greases
  • Gasoline
  • Certain acids and bases
  • Caustics
  • Alcohols

However, they aren’t the best glove safety choice when it comes to handling strong oxidizing agents, acetates, ketones, and aromatic solvents.

P.I.P (Aust) GuardTek Gloves world first > Skin Contouring Technology

“Finally, gloves that fit like they should”.

For decades workers have persevered with wearing gloves that simply don’t fit properly. The multitude of these ill-fitting gloves contribute to poor tactile grip, lack of fingertip control and the sensitivity required to conduct fine detail or task specific work.

Our unique design specification was for a new range of safety gloves that would fit and act as ‘protective skin’, allowing the wearer to conduct any manual handling task without removing them. Thankfully for everyone that wears gloves at work, this has been achieved with the GuardTek glove range featuring our patented Skin Contouring Technology.

P.I.P (Aust) Invested over 4 years in R & D to develop the perfect blend of materials that stretch and conform to the shape of the wearers hand. Each of us are individuals and as such, we don’t have the same shaped hands or finger width / lengths as each other. Therefore, the challenge was to provide gloves that fit each wearer as exact anatomical duplicates of each individuals precise hand and finger shape.

The GuardTek concept utilises the finest quality materials and advanced manufacturing techniques for both the liner and Nitrile dip coating. The flexibility of this special liner and coating combination creates the perfect formula for multi directional stretch providing our unique ‘Protective Skin’ which shapes to the individual wearers hand. Many other glove manufacturers have tried to copy the GuardTek two way stretch liner. These cheaper alternatives fail because the coating over the top of their liner does not allow for 2-way movement. Without the unique blending of Specialised Liner and GuardTek Coating you simply will not get the dexterity for various widths and lengths of fingers.

All GuardTek gloves by nature of design, are meant to have a somewhat ‘compression fit’ feeling on first donning. Once fitted, natural body temperature and finger movement starts to shape the glove to mimic each individuals skin surface layer. This initial hand contouring process of the glove usually takes a few minutes. Once the glove has formed to your hands shape it will have a more relaxed fit and feel, almost like you don’t have a glove on at all (this is the Protective Skin design concept: Maximum Sensitivity and Dexterity with no Restriction of Movement).

GuardTek Skin Contouring Technology is available in the SuperSkin range of gloves which are available in the 34-323 open back of hand style; the 34-324HC coated to over the knuckle bar; the 34-326HVO High Visibility for Day / Night work, 34-424Oil a special Liquid resistant coating with unique thin double layer coating.

Our GuardTek Cut Resistant range provides the same class leading fit and feel as above with increased Cut and Mechanical Puncture protection. We are proud to have been the innovators in superfine high Cut Resistant filament liners that stretch and shape to the hand. Combined with our GuardTek Skin Contouring Technology coating we have the perfect fitting glove for those requiring next level CR protection. GuardTek Cut 3 glove is for mid-level CR and the GuardTek Cut 5 for those tasks where the highest-level CR is the requirement.