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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.

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Electricial Maintenance Safety Gloves.… a new design for Arc Flash protection, assurance and finger-tip feel.

A high-quality pair of safety gloves should offer the first line of defense against a variety of hazards. Not many other occupations require such precise contact work as in electrical trades. PIP Aust, a wholesale glove Designer and Importer has established a partnership with Swedish Specialised Textile glove manufacturers Eureka Safety AB for distribution of their unique Class leading Flame Retardant and Arc Flash glove range.

These close fitting FR / Arc Flash protection gloves provide the highest level Cut Resistance, grip, feel, comfort and sensitivity that has not been possible until now. What this means is that tasks such as commercial switchboard maintenance can be undertaken with a high degree of precise dexterity, improving safety and productivity.

A spokesperson for PIP Aust said “There are many (lower voltage) applications for these new technology High Flash Point protection gloves which to now, have been approached with the traditional 3 glove process or even at times with no gloves at all due to the bulkiness of the 3 glove programme.”

The new Eureka 13-4 HFR /AF gloves are not to take the place of Voltage insulating gloves. More so they can be worn over the High Voltage Rubber glove instead of the traditional Cow or Dear Hide outer rigger glove. This will greatly enhance the Wet Grip and contact control for the wearer.

The gloves can be worn independently for working around deenergized switchboards or equipment where there is a risk assessment probability that contact arc flash could occur. Obviously, these gloves are to be utilized in conjunction with Heat FR / AF resistant Face Visor and appropriate upper torso garment protection coverage.

Classification of Electrical Safety Gloves

By nature of profession, electricians can work either with or around, live electrical currents. In other words, they can be at risk of electrical shock, also known as electrocution. Hands are the closest part of the body to the electrical work zone, so wearing the correct hand protection is of utmost importance.

Furthermore, there are certain design, care, and use guidelines that all electricians should follow to ensure hand protection during electrical work is adequate and in suitable working order.

Electrical safety gloves are classified by the voltage protection level they provide and whether they offer ozone resistance or not. The classification of electrical safety gloves based on their voltage protection levels is the following:

  • Class 00 – maximum use voltage of 500 volts AC, proof tested to 2,500 volts AC and 10,000 volts DC
  • Class 0 – maximum use voltage of 1,000 volts AC, proof tested to 5,000 volts AC and 20,000 volts DC
  • Class 1 – maximum use voltage of 7,500 volts AC, proof tested to 10,000 volts AC and 40,000 volts DC
  • Class 2 – maximum use voltage of 17,000 volts AC, proof tested to 20,000 volts AC and 50,000 volts DC
  • Class 3 – maximum use voltage of 26,500 volts AC, proof tested to 30,000 volts AC and 60,000 volts DC
  • Class 4 – maximum use voltage of 36,000 volts AC, proof tested to 40,000 volts AC and 70,000 volts DC

Maintenance of Electrical Safety Gloves

Remember that you must maintain and keep your work gloves in a safe condition. Plus, before you use your gloves, you should thoroughly inspect them for any contamination debris like moisture, metal particles or damage like pinholes, material (aging) fatigue tears, rips, etc.

What’s more, make sure that your safety gloves are electronically tested every six months. And, if you are using rubber insulating gloves, air testing should be part of your regular inspection.

Now that you have a refresher on electrical insulation gloves and the all new installation / maintenance Eureka Heat FR / AF gloves, you can check out more information at www.pipaus.com to ensure you’re getting ‘protection for life’.

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.

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.

Which Work Gloves to Choose Depending on the Protection Needed

Do you run a company and look for a PPE (personal protective equipment) supplier? Are you specifically interested in hand protection? If you’re looking for a National Designer who supplies to Trade Distributors all you need is to get in touch with PIP Aus, which is one of the best gloves suppliers in Australia with long lasting history and experience.

But, do you know which gloves your employees need based on the work they do, the potential hazards they may face, and the protection they need? No worries, in this article, we’ll explain everything you need to know.

Here’s the basic guide on choosing the right work gloves for providing the right protection:

Cuts and Punctures Protection

In general, many jobs like metalworking, landscaping, gardening, or any other job that involves tools, need gloves that are resistant to punctures. Cut resistant gloves can help you lower the risk of getting cuts while doing work tasks, but, remember, they won’t help you protect from all types of injuries.

So, search for gloves made of a material that provides the right padding and thickness. For example, leather gloves can reduce the chance of getting splinters. Or, consider something more complex such as padded fingers, knuckle guards, or reinforced palms.

Bruising and Blistering Protection

Wearing gloves that are resistant to impact is very important and necessary when doing some heavy work like woodworking or construction, or when handling power tools.

Gloves that provide protection from bruising and blistering usually offer extra palm and knuckle padding. So, in case of a heavy blow or power tool vibration, the padding will take up the shock and protect hands from bruising, chafing, and blistering.

Liquid and Chemicals Protection

Many job descriptions require employees to handle water, oil, chemicals, or other liquids in completing work tasks, for instance, plumbing, painting, auto work, etc. which can often damage skin. For that reason, high protection gloves are a must. However, even though the gloves have to be watertight they still have to allow free and easy movement.

For a complete resistance, you should search for rubber-coated gloves or other waterproof material. Yet, if you do not need maximum resistance, you can find some gloves made of materials that simply shed water. Or, if you want to protect your construction workers from mortar, concrete, or tar, you can get gloves coated in special rubber.

Heat and Cold Protection

Certain jobs like metalwork and welding include heat, whereas some jobs like snow shoveling or simply outdoor work in bad weather require temperature protection gloves.

For heat protection, you should look for gloves that are first and foremost made of fire-resistant durable material and that prevent injuries from sparks. And in order to prevent gloves ignition, heat-resistant gloves also feature a flame retardant. On the other hand, cold-resistant gloves are coated in special materials that keep heat inside the gloves and provide insulation.

Electricity Protection

Last but not least, certain tasks involve working around electric currents or near live wires. In order to reduce the risk of flash burns or electric shocks, you should look for gloves with Flame Retardant, Arc Flash capabilities and / or High Voltage Insulation properties. Specialist selection advice and information on the new Eureka Maintenance Electrician work gloves is available from pipaus.com.

 

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.

Tips for Choosing the Right Work Gloves

Choosing the right work gloves isn’t as simple as it may sound because you should consider many things when doing your research. Different work tasks require different types of gloves. So, it is of high importance that employers and employees understand the potential hazards of not having the adequate personal protective equipment required for the job.
Luckily, if you are located in Australia and looking for a glove supplier, all you need to do is contact PIP Aus. This company will make sure you get the right work gloves.

Now, let’s have a look at the four basic tips for choosing the right work gloves:

1. Consider Your Needs and Risks
First, you need to determine what exactly you will be using the gloves for so that you choose the right glove performance. Do you need gloves to provide a firm grip on tools, comfort, or protection from a potential hazard or injury? It might even be all of the above in most cases.

Then, think about the types of injuries that may occur. For example, there might be a risk of lacerations, pinch injuries, crush injuries, burns, impact damage, repetitive motion strain, etc. Wearing the right gloves can definitely help you prevent injuries.

2. Find a Reputable Glove Supplier
There are many gloves manufacturers and suppliers that will try to convince you to buy their multi-purpose gloves. However, such gloves may not provide 100% protection from hazards and injuries. Therefore, you need to find a reputable glove supplier and one you can trust, like PIP Aus, that offers different gloves for different purposes, in order to get the right gloves for the job at hand.

3. Choose the Right Material
Many glove manufacturers offer a great variety of materials in order to fit the needs of the job position. Why? – Because if you wear gloves made from the right material, it means that your gloves will be long lasting and will better serve the purpose.
Here are the most commonly used materials for making gloves:

• Leather – for heavy duty work
• Nitrile – for lighter work
• Bamboo – for lighter work in warm conditions
• Rubber – for chemical and water protection
• Cotton – for extremely light work

Additionally, the GuardTek glove range is a unique Skin Contouring Technology design which provides previously unavailable perfect hand fit for every individual hand size. The stretching and moulding capabilities of the special blended materials shape to the wearers hand just like a protective skin providing ultimate comfit, dexterity and control at work. So, when considering the best material for you, the GuardTek range should be considered.

4. Get the Right Fit

Even though you may have gloves made specifically to fit the needs of your job requirements, they may not do the work if they are either too big or too small. Hence, you should find the correct fit. Preferably, you and your employees should have the opportunity to try on several glove sizes before deciding. Choose the ones that feel natural without much extra space between fingers and around the palm and wrist.

Final Thoughts
Follow these steps when trying to find the right work gloves for your company and employees. Or, simply get in touch with PIP Aus and ensure that you get the right work gloves and personal protective equipment.

How to Prove The Benefits of Safety Gloves to a Skeptic

Safety gloves are an essential tool in a gardener’s, mechanics or metal workers kit. Some might ask ‘do you really need gloves for that?’ for tasks that only take a little time. But any experienced tradesperson will say ‘yes’ every time for the following reasons.

 

Chemicals

We protect ourselves from inhaling chemicals when we wear face masks; what about our hands though? When chemical substances touch human skin it can be excruciating; it results in irritation, burns and requires medical treatment.

Cleaners, gardeners and even metal workers come into contact with fertilizers, bleach, and other substances daily. Their work is very hands-on and requires good safety gloves. They’ll be covered in an oil and water-resistant coating that effectively repels liquids.

 

Sharps

Needles, metals, and anything else that can cause abrasions is a daily hazard. A worker would get cut easily if they aren’t wearing gloves. An open wound quickly becomes infected if left untreated.

Safety gloves for sanitation workers, cleaners, and metal workers are made of a tightly-woven material which is then covered with a microporous yet cut-resistant coating.

 

Grip

‘But don’t gloves get in the way of holding things properly?’ That’s another argument, albeit a weak one.

Luckily, safety gloves have come a long way in their design. Skin contouring technology allows the glove to mould to the hand almost like a second skin. This allows for better dexterity and grip. Electricians, plumbers, concreters, and carpenters can have a good amount of grip without sacrificing safety.

The Anatomy of Great Safety Gloves

Safety gloves are vital for hands-on work, from carpentry and metalwork to DIY. But a hobby builder won’t understand their importance like a professional builder will. PIP is a great place to look for great safety glove; that also qualifies us to tell you what a good one is made of.

 

  • Flexible

Your safety gloves will move with your hands, not stifle them. It should be easy to pick up materials and use equipment.

 

  • Breathable

Most of us know and despise the how sweaty our hands can get in gloves. A microporous coating is the answer to this problem. It allows humidity to pass through the glove instead of trapping it.

 

  • Durable

You work hard most of the day and your gloves put up with just as much daily punishment. Your gloves are the first line of defense from thorny bushes, chemicals, fertilizer, and dust. But they show no signs of wearing down after 6 months to a year of hands-on labour.

 

  • Resistant

Oil, water, and dust are contaminants that can make work difficult, especially if they get on your hands. Good safety gloves will have a coating that’s water and oil resistant.

It’s not only liquids that you need protection from though; vibrating machines can do harm to your nerve endings. While plenty of trades operate the machinery without gloves, long-term exposure will cause irreversible damage. Impact gloves are your best bet for protection; they’ll reduce vibrations from machines that operate above 50 – 100 Hertz.

 

  • It fits

Safety gloves should fit your hand to the point where it feels like it was molded on. Gloves are not meant to slip or feel loose. Your hands are comfortable and they aren’t slipping in the gloves.

 

Here are some of the gloves you can get from us

Specialised Technical Protection Gloves

GuardTek Cut 5Code CUT-5YE/ Size