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Glove Coatings and Grips: What’s Best for Your Application?

Posted on Thursday, September 14th, 2017 by Mila Adamovica

By HexArmor Marketing Team

When choosing a glove, one of the biggest factors is the grip. There’s much to consider – starting with the application. Are you working in an oily, wet, or dry environment? What kinds of hazards are present? What kind of equipment will you be handling?

Not having a proper grip on the job can have ramifications on a gloves’ effectiveness and can make or break a worker’s productivity. The more control, dexterity, and durability a grip provides the more benefits it has – including a decrease in hand-related injuries from slipping, dropping, or mishandling equipment.

How do you know which grip is the best for your job? Let’s walk through the options.

Polyurethane: Polyurethane, or PU, is a lightweight, flexible, durable grip coating that features good abrasion and puncture resistance. This coating is incredibly popular and sufficient for a wide range of applications.

Natural rubber latex: Natural rubber latex is flexible, more resistant to abrasion compared to PU and nitrile, but has minimal tackiness. Natural rubber latex features an excellent dry grip.

Sandy nitrile: Sandy nitrile is, of course, known for its high abrasion resistance. It’s also more elastic and form fitting compared to other nitrile coatings. It’s excellent in oily situations and very good in wet environments.

Foam/sponge nitrile: Gloves with a sponge coating (chemically foamed) are softer and more flexible than flat nitrile and perform well in dry and oily applications.

Micro nitrile: Formulated to be thinner than a nitrile foam coating, micro nitrile coatings can have a slightly tacky finish and feature good breathability and flexibility.

Extra Grip (XG) nitrile: Solvent-free and derma safe, the Extra Grip nitrile coating offers excellent dexterity for an exceptional grip in wet or oily situations.

Neoprene/nitrile blend: A neoprene nitrile blend coating features abrasion resistance superior to latex. Flame retardant and solvent free – this blend is safe for people with a latex allergy.

With so many choices for grip options, many workers find their favorite through trial and error. While some grips are superior to others in certain applications, choosing a grip ultimately comes down to personal preference.

The full article was originally published on HexArmor blog, August 25, 2017.

 Photo courtesy of HexArmor.

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Infographic: Glove Safety Guide

Posted on Wednesday, July 5th, 2017 by Mila Adamovica

By Enviro Tech International

It’s often said that if something fits perfectly, it “fits like a glove.” However, workers using hazardous materials understand that not all gloves are created equally. Different gloves provide varying levels of protection against dangerous chemicals. Some gloves are more vulnerable to chemical solvents than others. If you’re in a lab, industrial environment or any workplace with hazardous chemicals, it’s essential to know how to protect yourself. The following infographic details glove safety.

A Guide To Comparing Safety Gloves from Enviro Tech International

Need new gloves? PK Safety experts are here to help you with finding the proper hand protection solution for your application. Call us at 800-829-9580, or visit us online at www.pksafety.com.

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What’s New in the World of Safety Gloves: Advanced Cooling AD-APT® Technology from ATG MaxiFlex

Posted on Monday, June 19th, 2017 by Mila Adamovica

It’s beginning to feel like summer, which adds challenges to those who work outdoors under the sun, or in warm indoor environments. Luckily, there is an amazing advanced AD-APT Technology that will help keep your hands drier and body temperature cooler throughout the work day without sacrificing grip or dexterity. This technology is used in a new version of the popular MaxiFlex® Ultimate safety gloves.

Designed as a breathable work glove with a new distinct cooling effect, the MaxiFlex® Seamless Knit Nylon/Lycra® Gloves with Nitrile-Coated Micro-Foam Grip use the Advanced AD-APT® Technology that offers a unique cooling property. How does this technology work? Microencapsulated, natural-based components integrated into the glove activate when your skin temperature rises, which initiates the cooling process.

In addition, these gloves are 25% thinner than others on the market and are 100% silicone-free. Another benefit of wearing these gloves is that they provide a comfortable form, fit and feel based on the manufacturing process. To reduce hand fatigue and increase comfort, the shape of the gloves’ mold mimic a “hand at rest” position. The thin, flexible nature of the gloves offers excellent dexterity. The glove is perfect for a wide range of applications: general purpose and precision handling work in dry environments, final assembly, micro-engineering, finishing and inspection, maintenance, logistics, and warehousing.

MaxiFlex Gloves

Why Is the Hand Cooling Effect So Important?

There is a scientific proof that continuous cooling down of your hands will quickly restore your normal physical condition when being exposed to heat in hot environments, and will improve your overall endurance and performance.

In the late 1990s, as part of their research on improving physical performance, biologist Dennis Grahn and his research partner at Stanford, Craig Heller, worked on creating and testing a Cooling Glove, designed for use by military forces. They have been exploring performance benefits that could be obtained from using a portable device, like a glove, for instance, to continuously extract heat from a body during endurance exercise in a hot environment, compared to commonly-used cooling maneuvers, like taking a cold shower, which requires taking at least 30 minutes break from the activities you are engaged in.

The researchers were stunned to find out how well the cooling down effect worked for enhancing human performance. In trying to figure out why the Glove worked so well, the researchers challenged the conventional scientific wisdom on fatigue being the reason of muscle exhaustion. As mentioned on WIRED.com in one of the articles on this subject, their scientific conclusion was: “Muscles don’t wear out because they use up stored sugars. Instead, muscles tire because they get too hot, and sweating is just a backup cooling system for the lattices of blood vessels in the hands and feet.” Per scientists, the Glove “overclocks the heat exchange system”.

“It’s like giving a Honda the radiator of a Mack truck,” said biologist Craig Heller.

Fun facts: By applying mathematical techniques from quantum information theory, mathematicians proved that no real system will ever reach 0 Kelvin: it would take an infinite number of steps. This statement puts a limit to cooling and proves that you can’t get to the absolute zero of temperature.

Interested in learning more? Give us a call at 800-829-9580 to chat with our product experts.

Sources:

Stanford.edu 
WIRED.com 
Newscientist.com

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How to Choose The Best Kevlar Gloves in 6 Simple Steps

Posted on Thursday, April 13th, 2017 by Mila Adamovica

Kevlar, a lightweight material five times stronger than steel, was discovered by a chemist Stephanie Kwolek half a century ago. Today, it is a component material used in numerous products ranging from protective vests and helmets to airplanes and cell phones. Per Scientific American, “Kevlar fiber has a density of 1.4 grams per cubic centimeter compared with iron’s 7.9 grams per cubic centimeter … Offering strength under heat, Kevlar protects against thermal hazards up to 800 degrees Fahrenheit.” Although new versatile materials have emerged in recent years, some companies are still buying the same kind of Kevlar gloves that they’ve been using for many years. Kevlar has proven to be so dependable that experts predict it will be used for another fifty years.

Selecting the right pair of gloves can be challenging because protection requirements are different for different kinds of jobs. Here is your easy-to-implement 6-steps action plan which will help you find the appropriate hand protection solution faster.

6-Step Plan:

1. Choose between three basic types of Kevlar gloves

Type Applications Advantages Disadvantages
Knitted Kevlar® gloves without coating Commonly used in automotive industry and metal stamping Perfect for handling large metal parts, sheet metal; easy-to-wash for a repeated use, cut-resistant Dexterity is good, but not as great as in palm-coated gloves
Kevlar® Gloves with a palm coating Perfect for a wide range of applications from parts assembly and work with electricity to construction Great dexterity and grip for handling fine parts, cut protection; will not melt, ignite, or conduct electricity, cut-resistant When coating wears out, the gloves should be replaced
Leather gloves with a Kevlar® lining, PVC palm Applications include oil and gas industry and construction Extremely durable, great abrasion resistance, flame- and cut-resistant Dexterity is good, but not perfect, compared to palm-coated gloves

2. Decide what cut-resistance level you need

Cut Resistance Classification

The latest cut-resistance levels defined according to the new ANSI/ISEA standards were explained in the previous blog post: Understanding the New ANSI/ISEA 105 (2016) Hand and Arm Protection Cut Level Classification. Check it out – it should help you select the right cut resistance level of protective gloves required for your job.

3. Identify additional hazards you’ll be exposed to on the job: chemicals, extensive heat, and puncture

While finding the right glove to protect you from the multiple workplace hazards can be challenging, the protective gloves that will be effective against multiple threats do exist. The biggest trade-off, however, might be losing some dexterity.

4. Determine if 100% Kevlar or composite Kevlar is more beneficial for your application

The higher level of cut protection can be achieved by using the high-performance material, like Kevlar, and composite yarns made with fiberglass, steel, or synthetic materials, as well as by increasing weight of the material measured in ounces per square yard. Composite gloves typically provide higher cut resistance and better abrasion resistance compared to 100% Kevlar gloves and are often cost-saving alternative solutions.

5. Evaluate Durability

Durability is a critically important feature in a glove. To save cost, requesting a glove sample is a good idea. You can do a glove trial to evaluate durability and workers’ glove style preferences.

6. Prioritize comfort

Even if you chose a glove with the highest cut level and durability, if it does not provide some comfort while performing the job, your employees are not going to wear it. Making comfort a priority will help you make sure you are wearing the best gloves possible for your application.

Here are a couple suggestions for the following applications: material handling, general assembly, sanitation, general maintenance, woodworking, waste handling, fishing industries, recycling:

G-Tek Gloves 09-K1618

G-Tek® KEV™ Seamless Knit Kevlar® Blended gloves 09-K1618 with Nitrile-coated foam grip on palm and fingers. Key features: seamless knit construction provides comfort without sacrificing dexterity; gray 18 gauge shell for maximum dexterity; Kevlar® fiber is inherently cut resistant and will not melt, ignite or conduct electricity; foam nitrile coatings are compatible with light oils, and will provide excellent grip and abrasion resistance; touch screen capability allows users to operate any touchscreen device without removing gloves; knit wrist prevents dirt and debris from entering inside the glove. Performance properties: ANSI Cut Level A3 (Adopted by ANSI/ISEA 02/16), ABRASION 4, CUT 4, TEAR 2, PUNCTURE 1.

G-Tek Gloves 09-K1600

Want even stronger gloves? Check out G-Tek® KEV™ Seamless Knit Kevlar® Blended gloves 09-K1600 with Nitrile-coated foam grip on palm and fingers, 13 gauge shell, made with engineered yarn (Kevlar/Nylon/Steel Fiber), which are also touchscreen compatible. Performance properties: ANSI Cut Level A7 (Adopted by ANSI/ISEA 02/16), ABRASION 4, CUT 5, TEAR 3, PUNCTURE 2.

What Makes These Two Styles of Gloves So Special?

They have a touch screen capability and excellent dexterity paired with superior durability and high cut resistance.

Need new gloves? Take your time, do your research, and if you have any questions, call our product experts at 800-829-9580. Hopefully, this article will be helpful, too.

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Addressing Occupational Safety for Locksmiths: Protective Equipment Must Haves

Posted on Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 by Mila Adamovica

By Dusty Henry, Sevan Locks & Doors 

When you consider occupational safety, there are a lot of different occupations that may come to mind first for needing protective equipment – construction workers, welders, etc. Being a locksmith can actually be rather hazardous work for your health as well. There is, of course, the inherent danger of dealing with going into a stranger’s home, business, or locked car. But there are even more dangers than this to consider. Protective equipment is a must, as with any occupation using powerful tools to shape and cut materials.

Metal Shavings

Metal shavings can be produced by many of the different tasks done by a locksmith. This is one of the biggest dangers that a locksmith faces during their schedule. Their small sizes make them likely to be brushed off without thinking. Metal shavings are a small annoyance, but ask anyone that has to deal with them, and they’ll tell you that they can be painful if you get them in your eye, under your nails, or embedded in your skin. Speed is an important factor in getting any job done, and this can cause metal shavings to fly. Protective gear like gloves or eyewear can be a good investment that keeps these pesky shavings at bay while still being able to work efficiently.

Splinters

Just like metal shavings, splinters are another hazard that doesn’t seem like a very big deal until you get one stuck under your skin. Locksmiths that are installing new locks and equipment in buildings will potentially come into contact with cut wood. This means that splinters will be a likely possibility.

Lead Hazards

The metal shavings that locksmiths come into contact with may have an added detriment – lead.  Brass keys that are machined to fit into client’s locks often contain 1.5 percent to 2.5 percent lead. This small amount of lead can have some serious health consequences when locksmiths come into contact with it. Some may scoff that this small amount is nothing to be concerned about, but participants in a research study found that they had elevated levels of lead in their system and they urged for further investigation on this issue.

Lead at high enough levels can result in death, and medical professionals note that even small amounts can be bad for a person’s health. There’s a lot of attention given to the symptoms that can happen to infants and children from lead exposure, but this can also have negative health consequences to adults as well. There are some symptoms that can occur to adults from exposure to lead, such as reproductive health issues, high blood pressure, pain in your muscles and joints, mood disorders, headaches, and memory issues.

Equipment Must Haves

Locksmith working

For locksmiths, there are three areas of protective equipment that should be addressed if it’s not already: eye protection, hand protection, and skin protection. Eye protection through safety glasses is necessary to protect eyes from any flying debris that comes from cutting and drilling through materials or machining keys. There are a variety of glasses available that have the options that will work best for the particular tasks at hand.

Hand protection through gloves will help to protect the sensitive skin of your hands and the nail beds. A good choice here is cut resistant gloves that fit the hand closely allowing for an easy freedom of movement for handling any task.

The final aspect is protective clothing. This is probably the easiest to convince anyone to wear since they’ll be wearing shirts and pants anyway. This clothing is useful because it can give that extra protection to sensitive areas of the body. In addition, you can find reinforced elbows and knees that can help make this clothing last, compared to clothing that isn’t reinforced. In an occupation that can result in a lot of arm movements and kneeling, this can truly come in handy. This is especially true in the case where you’ll be kneeling right where the metal shavings and splinters are located.

The safety and security of a locksmith are more than just ensuring that they have personal safety in their surroundings. There are innate dangers that exist in this line of business that may be overlooked by some, but the best way to handle these issues is by getting the proper protective gear necessary for the job. The safety glasses, protective gloves, and protective clothing can be beneficial in providing you and your locksmiths a better working condition.

Sevan Locks & Doors is an award-winning locksmith and garage door company based out of Seattle, Wash. They offer fast response times, reasonable rates, and crucial security services for homes and businesses.

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Discover Amazing New Cut-Resistant and FR Gloves: Northflex Cold Grip Plus 5 and FRGrip Plus 5

Posted on Tuesday, December 20th, 2016 by Mila Adamovica

Hand cuts and wounds are preventable, yet they still account for roughly 30 percent of all workplace injuries in the US. How do you choose the right cut resistant glove for your application? First, evaluate what types of gloves you are using now and if they do the job. Do you have any new projects that will require new PPE? Then, identify solutions – do you need to switch to a new brand or just need to upgrade the cut-level protection currently being used. Then, talk to a trusted supplier or distributor (like @PKSafetydotcom) to make sure you have your workers’ hands protected with the highest quality and the proper cut protection rated PPE for your job.

The new generations of gloves by Honeywell — NorthFlex Cold Grip Plus 5™ and FRGrip™ Plus 5 — are ideally suited for the tasks where workers need the high level of cut protection as well as gloves that offer protection for the cold and the arc flash without having to give up comfort and dexterity.

1. NorthFlex Cold Grip Plus 5™

NorthFlex Cold Grip Plus 5

An excellent tool for avoiding accidents, NorthFlex Cold Grip Plus 5™ gloves provide double-duty protection with the high-level of cut and slash resistance, coupled with superior cold weather protection. These amazing gloves feature a high-vis orange outer shell made of a highly cut-resistant fiber blend that enhances worker safety and an inner layer made of brushed acrylic thermal. The ¾-dipped foam PVC coating helps resist abrasion and offers grip in both wet and dry environments and prevents liquids from penetrating the glove, helping to keep workers hands dry and clean. While flexible enough for hand movement, these gloves are less bulky than other models of thermal protection gloves and offer excellent dexterity for jobs that require tactile sensitivity. NorthFlex Gloves provide both superior insulation and extra comfort. They are the perfect solution for the following applications: construction, mining, masonry work, oil and gas, sheet metal and glass handling, trash collection, recycling, transportation, refrigeration industry, snow cleaning, forestry, etc.

Key features:

  • Outer shell is a 15 gauge seamless knit, lightweight and thin for excellent dexterity
  • Thermal interior is soft and provides extra cushion for palms of hand
  • Gloves retain flexibility at low temperatures, recommended for temperatures down to -15° F
  • EN511 Level 0 permeability to water (Level 0 = water permeation after 30 minutes)
  • ANSI cut level 4 and EN511 level 2 resistance to contact cold
  • EN388: Abrasion 3, Cut 5, Tear 4, Puncture 3

2. NorthFlex FRGrip™ Plus 5 Flame Retardant Gloves

NorthFlex FRGrip™ Plus 5 Flame Retardant Gloves

Hand injuries due to flame or arc flash can be devastating. Wearing the wrong kind of glove can add to injuries because a traditional fiber glove will melt onto the skin when exposed to heat. The FRGrip™ Plus 5 glove is composed of inherently flame-retardant and heat-resistant fibers that will not degrade under high heat and will provide reliable hand protection from flash fire hazards. Not just a fabric swatch, the entire FRGrip glove was tested to the glove standard for arc flash including the liner, the polymer-dipped coating, and overedge. Neoprene and nitrile, the bi-polymer dipped coating provides excellent heat, grease, and oil resistance. The orange color allows for a faster visual identification in hazardous environments. Applications include oil, gas and petrochemical industries, construction, mining, sheet metal and glass handling, trash collection and recycling.

Key Features:

  • 13 gauge, Kevlar® blend, seamless knit shell
  • Textured palm for better grip in wet or dry applications
  • Kevlar® fiber blend also offers excellent cut protection
  • HRC level 1 (ATPV = 5.6 Cal/Cm2 )
  • ANSI cut level 4/EN388 cut level 5
  • Static dissipative, with a surface resistivity of < 2.5 X 109
  • Longer 4-inch cuff to allow glove to be tucked under FR clothing
  • EN511 Level 0 permeability to water (Level 0 = water permeation after 30 minutes)
  • EN388: Abrasion 3, Cut 5, Tear 3, Puncture 2

Important to Know:

Work in gloves

1. NorthFlex FRGrip™ Plus 5 gloves are not dielectric and do not provide protection against electrical shock. NorthFlex Cold Grip Plus 5™ and  FRGrip™ Plus 5 gloves are cut-resistant but not cut-proof. It is not recommended to wear them while operating a moving or serrated blade without safety-guard.

2. NorthFlex FRGrip™ Plus 5 gloves provide protection up to a specified heat/energy level (5.6 Cal/Cm2) without melting. However, thermal heat can still be felt through the glove. A worker can receive burns if the heat is too high. Remember to always check if the PPE that is being used has an arc rating equal to or greater than the calculated incident energy.

Safety experts are here to help you with finding the proper hand protection solution for your application. Call us at 800-829-9580, or visit us online at www.pksafety.com.

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Solid Safety Programs Protect Workers and Margins

Posted on Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016 by Mila Adamovica

There is an epidemic in the construction industry that is costing companies billions of dollars in lost revenue and workers their wellbeing. The good news? It’s largely preventable. Hand injuries resulting from cuts and punctures cost the construction industry $382 million each year. This doesn’t account for any other type of injury, just those two very specific hand injuries.

How can your company better protect workers and avoid hurting productivity and profitability?

Even in an economic downturn, it is proven that appropriate high-quality PPE is a smart investment. The right glove may cost a fraction more but can save tens of thousands of dollars just by preventing a single injury and bring higher employee morale. In fact, the average cost of a recordable hand injury is $17,000 and ranges anywhere from $2,000 for a minor cut requiring stitches to a $70,000 surgery for a severed tendon. And these costs are only for medical attention and do not take into account the negative impact of a lower TRIR score, higher insurance rates, lost time or other indirect costs.

So what should you look for in a safety glove for industrial contractors? Perhaps most important is finding a glove workers will wear. Safety gloves cannot protect if they are not worn, and 58% of construction industry workers perform tasks barehanded. Why do they leave the gloves in the truck? The answer is usually a lack of touch sensitivity or overall dexterity and comfort. These workers have to perform their tasks skillfully and quickly, and if bulky gloves get in the way of their task, they will ultimately offer no protection. All HexArmor® gloves are designed to enhance safety without hampering the work. High dexterity materials provide the finger flexibility needed for fine motor skills, and workers can feel the tools and equipment without being exposed to hazards.

Beyond dexterity and comfort, the following HexArmor® glove attributes are all designed to offer protection from a variety of hazards found on construction sites:

  • Liquid/chemical protective coating – protects skin from rashes, burns and other unknown long-term effects of chemical exposure
  • Cut/Puncture – protects from splinters, metal burrs, and wires
  • Impact resistance – protects against dropped tools, smashes, and pinch hazards
  • Grip – provides grip in wet and oily conditions
  • Dexterity – allows workers to perform tasks unrestricted
  • Abrasion resistance – increases durability and glove life

This blog post was originally published in HexArmor blog, April 2015.

If you have questions or need help finding HexArmor hand protection solutions, please feel free to call us at 800-829-9580, or visit us online at www.pksafety.com.

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ANSI Cut Level Testing Updates: Glove Protection Standards Improve

Posted on Monday, October 17th, 2016 by Mila Adamovica

The American National Standards Institute and the European Union have developed different standards for cut resistant gloves testing and rating criteria, the purpose of which is to facilitate the classification of cut protective clothing. The United States uses ISEA/ANSI standards, while Europe uses EN certification. The standard has no impact on poking or piercing hazards like needle sticks and sharp corners of the broken glass. Two types of cut testing equipment are used to support these standards: a TDM (Tomodynamometer) and a Couptest.

Per OSHA regulations, the final burden of responsibility concerning cut resistance falls on the employer. In order to make an informed decision about the needed apparel performance and cut level protection, it is important to know that these standards and test methods are not interchangeable, which means if you are comparing products, make sure you compare the ones that were tested using the same test method, or at least keep in mind that these two types of testing and certification standards are different.

The recent changes to ANSI cut resistance standards aim to significantly improve the rating of cut protection at a workplace, especially on the higher range of the cut-resistance scale. The increased number of cut levels from five to nine (A1-A9) will provide a more detailed classification and will make it easier for the PPE manufacturer to classify their products. These changes will also allow the employers to speed up the process of finding the best fit for their cut-protection applications.

An overview of the test standards and methods for measuring cut resistance:

ANSI/ISEA

ANSI/ISEA

This test method is now the only one that is recognized by the ANSI/ISEA 105 Handbook. The new ASTM F2992-15 test method allows for only the TDM-100 machine to be used in simulating an accidental cut or slash with a sharp object since this machine generally produces more consistent results. The test measures weight in grams necessary to cut through the material when applied to a razor blade tested over approximately a 1-inch distance. The sample is cut by a straight-edge blade, under load, that moves along a straight path, and is cut five times each at three different loads. The data from these cuts is used to determine the required load to cut through the sample at a specified reference distance. Depending on the results, the glove made with this material will be given a rating between A1 and A9.

EN 388

EN 388

The European standard for protective gloves against mechanical hazards uses the Couptest cut machine. A circular blade, under a fixed load of 500 grams, moves back and forth across the sample until cut-through is achieved. A cotton canvas fabric is used as a reference material. The reference material and the test sample are cut until at least 5 results are obtained. The cut resistance is a ratio of the number of cycles needed to cut through the test sample vs. the reference material. The Couptest is not recommended for rating the high cut-resistant material that dulls the blade quickly (for example, glass fiber, para-aramid, etc.) resulting in an inaccurate representation of the protection capability of such materials.

In summary, before continuing with a purchase decision while discussing the product performance levels with sales representatives to determine what product fits best for your needs, make sure you clarify which standard was used to classify the product, and if it is suitable for your particular application and work environment. Also, request a trial sample of the gloves you intend to buy. Ask your employees to test-drive these gloves and to provide you feedback about their performance. Testing a product against worksite hazards at your workplace is vital to the success of your PPE program.

Once the new cut level testing methods are fully implemented across safety glove brands (they are required already as of 2016), it will allow for a higher level of accuracy and a broader range in glove testing capability. This will in turn eliminate the gaps between cut levels that existed under the old classification, and result in achieving a better hand and arm protection and in a decrease in occupational injuries, since it will be easier and faster for manufacturers to classify their products and for the distributors and customers to find a perfect solution for their specific applications.

To learn more about the new classification standards, read our previous blog post:
Understanding the New ANSI/ISEA 105 (2016) Hand and Arm Protection Cut Level Classification


If you have questions or need help finding the right hand protection solution, please feel free to call us at 800-829-9580, or visit us online at www.pksafety.com.

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Simple Steps to Decrease PPE Costs

Posted on Wednesday, October 12th, 2016 by Mila Adamovica

While it may seem obvious, one of the easiest things you can do to decrease your PPE cost is to take care of it. Companies who properly launder their safety gloves can often increase lifespan by up to 300%. Laundering removes harmful chemicals, perspiration, and everyday grit and grime that can weaken protective fibers and seams. Think of the grit like sandpaper. Every move you make is creating friction as these particles rub against the threads of your gloves.

Additionally, many OBMs and other chemicals over time begin to break down the fabrics from which gloves are made. Even OSHA has a statement regarding PPE cleaning “Clean and properly maintained PPE is important to ensure the effectiveness and proper functioning of PPE…“

At HexArmor®, we have countless examples of companies that instituted simple cleaning procedures whereby doubling, or tripling the life of their gloves. Some of the things that we have seen work well include:

  • Provide each worker two pairs of gloves, which they alternate daily. This gives the gloves an opportunity to dry out, which extends life;
  • Purchase a scratch-and-dent washing machine from your local appliance center and wash gloves each night with Dawn® dishwashing liquid, Oxy Clean®, or Simple Green® to remove as many oils as possible. When using laundry detergent, powdered works better than gels;
  • If you don’t have access to a washing machine, rinse off and scrub with Dawn® dishwashing liquid or Simple Green®;
  • Wash your gloves with your hands in them like you are washing your hands. Then use an old toothbrush to remove sand and debris from the seams. Let dry overnight;
  • Make sure gloves fit correctly , as wearing the wrong size can reduce glove life;
  • If one hand of a glove gets ruined, make sure you keep the other glove available in case the opposite glove gets ruined for someone else;
  • Check the care label of all gloves, or check the website for launder-ability. Some materials and gloves are not launderable or lose their performance when washed;
  • Always store your gloves or other PPE in a dry, ventilated area away from the sun. Moisture, heat, and UV light can over time break down components of almost all PPE.

Download washing instructions: Glove Care

This article was originally published in HexArmor Safety Blog, March 2015.


If you have questions about the hand protection equipment for your specific application, please contact one of PK Safety Customer Service experts at 800-829-9580, or visit pksafety.com.

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Understanding the New ANSI/ISEA 105 (2016) Hand and Arm Protection Cut Level Classification

Posted on Friday, September 2nd, 2016 by Mila Adamovica

In recent years, rapid technology advancement allowed manufacturers to create more sophisticated yarns that improved glove performance significantly. Cut-resistant gloves and sleeves are designed to protect hands and arms from direct contact with sharp objects made of metal, ceramic, or glass. Cut level protection is ensured by a combination of the material’s composition and thickness. The level of cut protection can be increased by using high-performance materials (Kevlar, Dyneema); composite yarns made with fiberglass, steel, or synthetic materials; by increasing material’s weight measured in ounces per square yard.

The benefit of using heavier gloves is that they provide extra protection against cuts, puncture, and abrasion, as well as provide superior durability. Lightweight glove styles now offer more dexterity and reduce hand fatigue. The advantage of coated gloves is their enhanced grip capability as well as high levels of cut protection. Today PPE users have a wide variety of options to choose from, and new standards can help facilitate the decision- making process.

What Has Changed?

The American National Standards Institute has released a new ANSI/ISEA 105-2016 Standard. The changes involve the Cut Level Rating Scale and the Method of Testing.

  • A new, expanded 9-Level Classification for cut-resistance reduces gaps between cut levels 4 and 5, and expands the range of protection levels for the cut resistant gloves with the highest gram scores;
  • The new ASTM F2992-15 Standard allows only a TDM-100 machine to be used for glove testing. This makes it more reproducible, and they have taken into account the dulling of the blade that occurs during testing and required a new blade is used for each cut.

The addition of new ANSI/ISEA levels will allow safety glove users to make a more informed decision about the level of protection that they need for different types of projects. Applications include: A1 – light material handling without sharp edges; A2-A3 – small parts handling with sharp edges, forestry, packaging, warehouse; A4-A5 – appliance manufacturing, pulp and paper, bottle and light glass handling, canning, dry walling, electrical, carpet installation, HVAC, metal handling, metal recycling, automotive assembly, metal fabrication; A6-A9 – sharp metal stamping, glass and window manufacturing, pulp and paper (changing slitter blades), recycling plant and sorting, food preparation and processing, meat processing, aerospace industry.

Download pdf: MCR Cut Protection Selection ANSI-CE

Use the table below to understand the differences between old and new cut level ratings.

OLD

Cut Level Rating

Weight (grams) needed to cut through material*:

ASTM F1790-97 or

ASTM F1790-05

Weight (grams) needed to cut through material**:

ASTM F2992/F2992M-15

(20 mm of blade travel)

NEW

Cut Level Rating

0 ≤200 n/a n/a
1 ≥200 ≥200 A1
Light cut hazards
2 ≥500 ≥500 A2
Light/medium cut hazards
3 ≥1000 ≥1000 A3
Light/medium cut hazards
4 ≥1500 ≥1500 A4
Medium cut hazards
5 ≥3500 ≥2200 A5
Medium/heavy hazards
n/a n/a ≥3000 A6
High cut hazards
n/a n/a ≥4000 A7
High cut hazards
n/a n/a ≥5000 A8
High cut hazards
n/a n/a ≥6000 A9
High cut hazards
*25 mm (1.0 in.) of blade travel – ASTM F1790-97
20 mm (0.8 in.) of blade travel ASTM F1790-05
**20 mm (0.8 in.) of blade travel

If you have questions or need help finding the hand protection solution, please feel free to call us at 800-829-9580, or visit us online at www.pksafety.com.

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Your Skin on Concrete: Irritation, Burns, and Dermatitis

Posted on Tuesday, August 16th, 2016 by Mila Adamovica

Concrete Burn Causes

Concrete burns are just that, burns that are caused by skin’s exposure to concrete and other materials that can lead to a chemical reaction. Concrete burns work slowly over hours or days as the concrete hardens. In order for concrete to harden, it has to absorb moisture—cement can draw water away from anything that has moisture—even wet clothing—which only aids in the drying process. Once concrete hardens, if left untreated, skin begins to blister, swell, and bleed; second and third degree burns follow soon after. Severe cases of concrete skin irritation can lead to permanent scarring and require skin grafts or amputations. Not only is this painful and distressing to the worker, but it is harmful to their employer as well— OSHA reports that concrete workers in the U.S. lose four times as many work days for skin problems compared to other construction trade workers.

Concrete Burn Prevention & Treatment

If cement makes contact with your skin, immediately wash with cool, clean water. If your protective gear gets wet, change it out. Wash any exposed areas of skin even if you’re not aware of contact—concrete burns can take hours to form.

If you experience a cement burn, after washing your skin with water, apply vinegar to reduce the burn. Vinegar is a weak acid, so it will counteract the alkaline and help to balance your pH. Seek professional medical attention right away if a large area of skin is burned.

Dermatitis: Prevention & Treatment

Prolonged exposure to cement can make you susceptible to Irritant Contact Dermatitis (ICD).  ICD will cause skin to itch, scab, and become red or swollen. Multiple ICD experiences can lead to Allergic Contact Dermatitis (ACD), a long-term sensitivity to the chemicals in cement.

ACD is difficult to cure, but short term treatments include antibiotics for infections, steroids, antihistamines, and repeated washing with a pH neutral cleanser. Because ACD and ICD take days to develop, bring persistent skin problems to your doctor’s attention as soon as possible.

As is often the case, prevention is the best cure. Invest in high-quality personal protective equipment (PPE) and make sure everyone is trained on how to use and care for it. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommends that workers who deal with cement wear PPE, such as:

  • Eye wear
  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • Coveralls or pants
  • Rubber boots
  • Liquid or chemical resistant safety gloves

Supplying employees with proper PPE decreases time loss injuries, thereby increasing employee productivity. It’s the easiest way to reduce burn-related incidents from wet cement and send your workers home safe.

This article was originally published in HexArmor Safety Blog in April, 2016.


If you have questions or need help finding the right hand protection solution, please feel free to call us at 800-829-9580, or visit PK Safety Supply online at www.pksafety.com.

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ISEA Announces Revised ANSI/ISEA 105 Hand Safety Standards

Posted on Thursday, July 28th, 2016 by Mila Adamovica

Revised ISEA Hand Protection Selection Criteria Guides End-Users and Specifiers

The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) has received American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approval for ANSI/ISEA 105-2016, American National Standard for Hand Protection Classification, with cut-resistance testing and updated corresponding classification levels as key focus areas.

ANSI/ISEA 105-2016 was prepared by the Hand Protection Group of the ISEA and reviewed by a consensus panel of key stakeholders representing construction, healthcare, sanitation and recycling facilities, end users, testing and certification organizations, and government agencies.

The standard addresses the classification and testing of hand protection for specific performance properties related to mechanical protection (cut resistance, puncture resistance and abrasion resistance), chemical protection (permeation resistance, degradation) and other performance characteristics such as ignition resistance and vibration reductions.

Gloves are classified to a performance level ranging from 0 to 9 based upon their performance when evaluated against defined industry test methods.  Such ratings can assist users to select appropriate hand protection for known specific hazards in the workplace.

One of the major changes in ANSI/ISEA 105-2016 surrounds the determination of classification for cut-resistance, including the use of a single test method for testing in an effort to provide a consistent meaning of the ratings from the end-user perspective. Classification levels have been expanded to address the disparate gap among certain levels seen in earlier versions and to model the approach used in similar international standards. Additional updates include the incorporation of a needlestick puncture test, recognizing that this is a common potential exposure for the medical, sanitation and recycling industries.

“The 2016 version reflects a proactive process to include state of the art material performance and technology and to harmonize with other existing standards. The updates will assist end users and specifiers in properly selecting appropriate hand protection based on testing and classification,” said Brent Lohrmann, Vice President of HexArmor and Chairman of the ISEA Hand Protection Group.

ISEA Cut-Resistance Calculator Tool

To assist manufacturers, material suppliers, and test labs, ISEA has developed an on-line tool that can be used to easily and accurately calculate the glove’s cut-resistance classification outlined in the standard.  The complimentary tool can be downloaded here.

This article was originally published in HexArmor Safety Blog in January, 2016.

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Learn to Be Safe: Responsible 4th of July Celebration Tips

Posted on Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016 by Mila Adamovica

The Fourth of July is a time to enjoy fireworks in the company of family and friends. The first commemorative Independence Day fireworks were set off by John Adams in 1777. Since then, the nation has celebrated this holiday by staging pyrotechnic extravaganza shows with live music and family fun, or just by lighting smaller displays at home. Explorer Richard Byrd even set off fireworks to salute the USA in Antarctica on a day that was comparatively warm for that region (- 30°F)!

The thrill of fireworks could be ruined by unexpected explosions and injuries. No one wants the drama of dealing with an accident. Here’s our guide on how to stay safe around fireworks.

Follow these safety tips when using fireworks to avoid accidents:

  • Before using fireworks, make sure they are permitted in your local area.
  • Read the label and performance description before igniting the fireworks.
  • Federal Aviation Administration prohibits the transportation of fireworks in your luggage.
  • Do not carry fireworks in your pocket, or shoot them into metal/glass containers.
  • Have a responsible adult supervise all fireworks activities. Do not allow children to play with fireworks.
  • Don’t take your pet to a public fireworks event: they can be traumatized by noise. Make sure your pets have an ID tag/microchip, in case they escape.
  • Use fireworks only outdoors, and keep them away from vehicles and buildings. Do not point the fireworks at a person, an animal, or a structure.
  • Put on FR clothes, safety glasses and safety gloves before shooting fireworks. Most fireworks-related injuries involve hands and fingers (46%), and eyes (17%).
  • Always have a water hose and a fire extinguisher nearby.
  • Light one firework at a time and then back up to a safe distance. Never try to re-light a firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Dispose of fireworks by placing them in a metal trash can.
  • Do not experiment with homemade fireworks. Report illegal explosives to the fire or police department.

When you follow safety rules, fireworks are a wonderful way to add fun and excitement to your family gatherings.

Fireworks Injuries Infographic

If you have questions or need help finding the right safety equipment, please feel free to call us at 800-829-9580, or visit us online at www.pksafety.com, and follow us @PKSafetydotcom.

Sources of information:

  1. http://smithsonianmag.com
  2. http://nationalgeographic.com
  3. http://accidentattorneys.org/fireworks-safety-infographic/
  4. http://www.fireworkssafety.org/
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Landscaping: How to Avoid Hidden Hazards

Posted on Tuesday, April 5th, 2016 by Mila Adamovica

Landscaping is a job that many DIYers who love to work outdoors take upon themselves. There are obvious dangers to this kind of work when operating heavy automatic machinery (rototillers, mowers, weed wackers, Bobcats, tractors, trenchers, and blowers) that we will cover below. Many creative home improvement enthusiasts and even some professional contractors are unaware of the potential hazards of landscaping.

“An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure.” (Benjamin Franklin)

Tree pruning

Top 8 Landscaping Dangers and Preventive Measures:

  1. Learn how to use your equipment before working with it. Study the user manual, read the safety instructions carefully, and if possible, ask a fully-trained professional to show you how to use the tool for the first time. Do not attempt to repair equipment that is malfunctioning or jammed. Numerous tragic cases of injuries that happen while operating various tools are reported every year. It is important to keep tools in excellent working condition – sharp and clean – to help prevent repetitive stress injuries. After the landscaping work is done, make sure that your equipment is properly cleaned and ready for your next landscaping job. Do not leave machinery unattended. Properly secure and store any equipment, chemicals, or materials that will be left at the site.
  2. Wearing PPE is required for landscaping work: protective gloves and glasses, ear muffs or ear plugs, face masks and shields, respirators, helmets, non-slip sturdy shoes, and the appropriate workwear – long sleeve loose-fitting shirts and long pants. Last but not least: absolutely no jewelry, as it may get caught in the machinery while performing the work.
  3. Wear high-visibility clothing to be easily spotted on the street: vehicle accidents are the leading cause of fatal incidents among landscapers. Exposure to extreme temperatures may result in heat stress, so dress according to the weather conditions. Take the shade with you by wearing the Evaporative Cooling Ranger Hat. To protect yourself against the harmful ultraviolet radiation, use a sunscreen lotion with at least SPF30, wear sunglasses that block 99-100% UVA and UVB radiation. Limit your sun exposure time by taking frequent breaks and staying in the shadow. Drink plenty of water and avoid caffeine to prevent heat cramps and exhaustion. In wet conditions, don’t forget to put on the appropriate rainwear.
  4. Proper eye and respiratory protective equipment – goggles and respirators – must be used while working with toxic chemicals, such as Roundup and other glyphosate-containing herbicides for weed and grass control, that are very dangerous. Clean water supply and some space where workers can wash in the event of chemical splashes should be located in close proximity to working areas where chemicals are handled. One more safety reminder: chemicals must be transported properly via truck or trailer in special containers.
  5. Prevent falls from ladders by making sure the ladder is placed on a stable, leveled surface, and by not loading it beyond the maximum load capacity stated in the manufacturer’s brochure. Make sure the top and the bottom of the ladder are free of tools or any debris and use ladder safety and fall safety systems for extra protection.
  6. The main source of injury for tree care professionals and the DIY-trimmers is that tree branches fall in an unexpected direction. Falls from high trees, ladders or aerial lifts are extremely dangerous and should be prevented with Fall Safety equipment. In addition, electrocution due to tree trimming performed near utility lines, or improper handling of outdoor lighting systems can result in major injury or death. When working near the electrical lines, wear Arc Flash Rated clothing and avoid the danger of electrical shock and electrocution by remaining at least 10 feet from electric lines to perform tree care operations, or contact the utility company to de-energize and ground the lines. Do not operate electrical equipment in humid conditions, and use special cut–resistant rubber gloves and boots.
  7. Other easily-preventable dangers include allergic reaction to plants or insect bites and stings, Histoplasmosis from bird droppings, Hantavirus from mouse droppings. Wearing the appropriate PPE will completely eliminate these risks. Wearing HazMat suit, gloves and booties will protect you from exposure to the hazardous substances.
  8. To protect from fire danger, wear flame resistant clothes, and make sure your electrical equipment does not cause a fire by keeping it in perfect working condition, especially in severe drought conditions and in high fire risk environments.

Be aware of hidden dangers in your work environment at all times, and be safe by following  Landscaping and Horticultural Safety Guidelines and best practices provided by OSHA.

If you have questions or need help finding the right landscaping safety equipment, please feel free to call us at 800-829-9580, or visit us online at www.pksafety.com.

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Innovative Kevlar Gloves Have Touch Screen Capability

Posted on Wednesday, March 16th, 2016 by Justin McCarter

Factory workers, light industry, glass cutting and operations, metal stamping and sheet metal workers run the risk of slices and cuts to their hands. So do extreme snowboarders apparently since DuPont™, who manufactures the space-age Kevlar® yarn, chose to introduce the MCR 9178NFO gloves last year at the Winter X Games in high-fashion and high-safety orange.

These MCR Safety gloves feature a patent-protected DuPont™ material. So don’t go trying to make your own. It’s protected. Good news is so are you if you’re using them. They have an ANSI Cut Level 4 which is especially outstanding when you factor in the excellent dexterity and thermal protection.

Since so many workers need to access touch screens, these MCR gloves feature conductive thread which allows users to manipulate touch screen devices. And those devices won’t slip out of their hands either. The 9170NFO gloves have a thin nitrile foam coating that allows for a sure, tacky grip.

MCR Memphis gloves are designed for excellent fit and durability. Gloves have come a long way since the big, boxy leather palm and canvas gloves our grandfathers wore. These gloves are state of the art, designed for comfort, and slice, puncture, and tear resistant.

If you have questions about bulk purchases or want to know if these gloves are right for your application, please don’t hesitate to call us at 800-829-9580 or visit us online at www.pksafety.com.

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Which Gloves are Best in Confined Spaces?

Posted on Friday, March 27th, 2015 by Administrator

Protecting your hands is critical when performing confined space work. But what is the best way to keep them from harm? Is there a possibility of contamination or chemical exposure as well as sharp edges? Do your gloves allow you to perform rope access work?

Unfortunately, there is no one type of glove that covers every situation. You will need to understand what hazards your confined space offers before you can know how best to protect your hands. We’ve put together a few guidelines to help you choose the best gloves for your confined space entry.

If you are performing rope entry work, you need to have gloves that will protect against rope burn as well as provide a good grip. Petzl is a company that is on the forefront of rope access work. Their CORDEX Belay and Repelling gloves have reinforced palms and provide excellent dexterity.

Firefighting gloves are made to NFPA standards and are excellent at keeping out heat and water. They are also resistant to cuts and tears. However, they are bulky and not great for confined space work because they make it difficult to work gas monitors and machinery.

MCR SAFETY POWDER FREE LATEX GLOVES 5045

Contamination is another issue to be addressed when choosing the right gloves. Latex, nitrile, or vinyl gloves are designed to prevent transmission of disease and can be helpful in sewers and or when treating injured workers. They are limited because they tear and rip easily.

Confined space workers that are expected to come in contact with chemicals have another set of problems. Neoprene gloves like the MCR Safety gloves (sold here by the pair) offer good resistance to most solvents, but they are not particularly great for cut resistance. HazMat gloves like the B131R Butyl Gloves from North offer extremely good protection to toxic chemicals and cut resistance due to their 13 mil. thickness. But they are much more expensive.

Sometimes the best solution is a combination of gloves. For non-chemical environments, leather work gloves provide good grip and cut resistance, and when combined with nitrile or other gloves underneath can provide protection against contamination as well.

A final note: Remember that latex, nitrile or other gloves that become contaminated must be properly discarded. Any gloves that are worn over them must also be properly decontaminated or discarded as well.

Each type of glove has a purpose and limitations. Knowing what specific hazards you will be encountering during your confined space entry will guide you in choosing the correct hand protection. If you have questions, we have folks who know a ridiculous amount about just which gloves are best for your situation. Please don’t hesitate to call us.

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Cold Weather Hand Protection for Oil and Gas Workers

Posted on Monday, November 10th, 2014 by Justin McCarter

We’ve written in past posts about the importance of hand protection in the oil and gas industry. The statistic that 50% of injuries in this field are to hands probably isn’t terribly surprising considering the work, but it does point to the need for better protection as well as improved processes that keep hands out of potentially damaging situations.

While hand protection has improved over the past years with notable examples such as the Black Stallion Impact-Resistant Gloves providing knuckle padding and gel-pack palm to cut down on the sting of repetitive hammering, nothing was made and tested specifically for riggers.

If specialization is what it’s all about these days, certainly the Lift Extreme Cold Protection Winter Rigger Gloves take the cake. Designed over a period of several years, these gloves were made to provide incredible protection for the bones in the hand while at the same time retaining dexterity and appropriate weather protection. A summer model is also made by Lift with the clever name of Lift Rigger Summer Gloves. Summer gloves provide the same heavy-duty thermo-plastic resin protection plates as the cold weather protection gloves but without the triple-threat poly spandex, fleece and 3M Thinsulate layers.

Unlike so many products on the market these days that deliver form over function, the Lift Rigger gloves were tested over a period of 16 months, involving 7 different prototype productions and more than 25,000 hours of field testing. And they still came out with a glove that is cool enough for Iron Man to wear.

Lift rigger gloves all have bright green aspects, but if visibility is especially important there is a Hi-Vis Rigger Gloves that provides all the protection and functionality along with blindingly bright green color. The Hi-Vis version, like the other gloves in the line has oil resistant Kevlar palm and fingers. The Kevlar also provides outstanding abrasion and wear resistance. The unfortunately-named thumb crotch is double-stitched and also reinforced for wear protection. All these gloves are also fully washable and will not stretch, contract, or stiffen. The EN Cut Level 2 applies to all of these Lift rigger gloves.

If you have questions, we’ve got you covered. Get it? Covered. Gloves. Never mind. Just give us a ring at 1-800-829-9580 and we’ll find the perfect fit for your glove needs.

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Safety Equipment Suitable for the Zombie Apocalypse

Posted on Monday, June 16th, 2014 by Justin McCarter

At PK Safety we’re as worried about the Zombie Apocalypse as anybody. Maybe more. And while we lack chainsaws or longswords in our warehouse, we make up for it with loads of other nifty and useful equipment. Whether you’re running for your life, or looking for the cure, PK Safety should definitely be on your to-do list before the web disappears for all eternity.

Planning for the Zombie Apolcalypse

Photo credit: Robert Barnett/US Air Force/Stars and Stripes

First of all, think about picking up a DoseRAE 2 Personal Radiation Detector. This is especially important for you heroes entering the nuclear medical facility where everything went to heck. The DoseRAE 2 provides real-time readout of both X- and Gamma radiation. Just remember to adjust the alarm settings. Having the audible, visual, and vibration alarms going off while the hoard is close by is really a rookie move.

Next, think about eye safety. This is something that often gets overlooked. Remember that episode of the Twilight Zone where the guy smashes his glasses after the nuclear war? Well, it’d be worse if you were dealing with a Zombie Apocalypse and you got a shard or a stick in your eye. No doctors handy. Bad news. Put something like the MCR Memphis ForceFlex Ballistic FF120 Safety Glasses on your shopping list. Not only do they have an anti-fog coating, but they also have military ballistic level impact resistance for a small object moving over 1,000 ft. per second.

I’m not positive about this next item, but I think it’s worth investigating. The Aervoe Super LED Road Flare 1165 has 24 extremely bright LEDs inside a crush-proof, waterproof, dust-proof housing. Doesn’t it seem like zombies are attracted to emergency blinking lights? They are always milling around them in the (verified-accurate) video games and in some scenes of World War Z. If you are in a bind, it might be worth throwing one of these durable flashing lights down the wrong corridor as you try to escape. It could buy you the extra few seconds you need to get away.

Finally, take care of your hands. We’ve all seen what happens when zombies bite some poor, ill-equipped bastard on the hand. His best friend has to shoot him to put him out of his misery, or he’s got to do it himself. Not fun. A better choice is the MaxiCut 5 Cut Protection Gloves from ATG. These gloves provide outstanding cut resistance while still providing excellent dexterity for firing your Kel-Tec KSG Tactical Pump Shotgun (a personal favorite). And if you wear the MaxiCut 5 with an MCR Memphis 9378T Kevlar Knit Sleeve you’ll be protecting your entire forearm as well as your hand from zombie bites.

While none of us knows when the ZA is coming, it’s unlikely we’ll still be offering our Free Shipping after it kicks off. So act now. And best of luck.

 

Photo credit: Robert Barnett/US Air Force/Stars and Stripes

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Oil Rig Hand Injuries

Posted on Tuesday, May 27th, 2014 by Justin McCarter

The bubbling crude needs more to get it out of the ground than a shotgun these days. (If you don’t get this reference, you obviously didn’t watch The Beverly Hillbillies as a kid.) Heavy equipment and worker injuries seem to go hand in hand (pardon the pun). Hand injuries make up nearly 50% of incidents in the oil & gas industry. More than any other body part, injured hands and fingers create loss from worker’s compensation claims, work days lost, and related costs.

Avoid Hand Injuries By Wearing the Proper Gloves

So how do you keep that money in the company, and the workers as safe as they can be? One way is to improve the hand protection guidelines in the company. This means really taking a look at the work requirements – How can the workers complete their tasks with the least amount of exposure possible?

Certainly part of this equation includes using better personal protective equipment. No matter how hard you break down a worker’s responsibilities, there’s simply no way to remove all possible injury. PPE has to be part of that solution, but it isn’t the whole answer. The primary objective is to eliminate as many situations where a hand can become pinched or banged.

Oil and gas production isn’t the kind of work where a manicure lasts long. But since it’s got to be rare for a derrick hand, floor hand, driller, tool pusher, or production operator to get a manicure, that isn’t really a problem. What is a problem is poor glove selection. Gloves need to be work-specific. Our customers tell us one of the best types of gloves for these types of workers are mechanic-style safety gloves. Models like the Black Stallion ShokBlok Gloves 98SB provide a snug fit and have anti-vibration qualities and impact protection on the knuckles.

Gone are the days of floppy general purpose leather and cotton gloves for the demanding work performed on oil rigs and other hazardous locations. Jobs that have fewer bang and crush hazards but still require good grip can really benefit from gloves like the nitrile-coated MaxiFlex 34-874 gloves. Or for a few cents more, their close cousin, the MaxiFlex Endurance 34-844 gloves, provide even greater abrasion-resistance. Either way, these gloves provide as much or more puncture protection than the old gloves from the 50s while providing vastly greater durability and incredible grip, especially for items with an oily surface.

While hand injuries aren’t ever going away for hard-working folks in the oil & gas industry, some injuries can be avoided or minimized by looking closely at work strategies that remove hands from the danger zones.

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MaxiFlex Gloves Part of the String Knit Glove Category

Posted on Monday, January 13th, 2014 by Justin McCarter

Gloves are sometimes difficult for the layperson to locate online if they don’t know the exact name of the glove they are looking for. The reason is partly because the glove nomenclature is tough to figure out if you’re not a glove manufacturer or a safety expert. To help sort it all out we’ll try to explain one of the most popular categories and provide links to the different types of gloves we carry here at PK Safety.

String Knit Gloves for a Range of Job Sites

The String Knit Safety Gloves category features some of the most popular all-around gloves for professionals, industrial workers, construction workers, and even home gardeners and DIYers. While it’s easy to understand that these are gloves knitted or woven from string of varying thickness and properties, it might not be the first thing someone thinks of when they are looking for a good work glove with sensitivity. But gloves that meet these criteria are definitely to be found in the string knit category.

For instance, not only are the very popular MaxiFlex Ultimate 34-874 in this category, but so are Cut-Resistant Gloves like the MCR Kevlar Dotted Glove and the MaxiCut 5 Gloves.

Protective qualities will vary widely within the string knit category. The MCR Spectra Fiber Glove is used extensively in the meat and poultry processing industries. While these gloves are highly cut-resistant, they can also be fairly slick when holding hard objects.

Luckily there are lots of string knit gloves with coated palms. These coatings can be textured latex like the MCR Flex-Tuff Gloves or thin, breathable coatings like the thin micro-foam of the MaxiFlex Hi-Vis Gloves.

As mentioned earlier, the weave and specific material of the thread can help the glove be more or less cut-resistant. Liners can also add thermal insulation for greater comfort in cold climates or for work in refrigerated areas or food processing.

A wide range of materials are used in the string knit glove category as well. Gardeners looking for a biodegradable option really appreciate the MCR Green Bamboo Gardening Gloves not only for their conservation-conscious materials, but also for the thin composition and sensitivity they provide while still delivering remarkable durability.

As you can see, string knit gloves run the gamut of possibilities. If you have questions about your particular application, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-829-9580. We’ve been to glove school, and can guide you to the right hand protection for your job. Thanks for reading.

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The Best Gloves for the Cuts, Abrasions, and Chemical Hazards

Posted on Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 by Justin McCarter

There are a thousand type of work gloves on the market these days. Gloves for highly specialized manufacturing and general assembly, and gloves to keep you from developing calluses on your hands while digging a hole. Sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t. The more you know about gloves, the easier it is to find the one that will work best for the type of work you do.

Find the best gloves for your job

The first thing to think about when choosing the right glove is to identify the kind of hazards you are exposed to. Work on an oil rig? Consider anti-vibration. Dealing with hazardous chemicals, however still need breathability? There are gloves for that too.

For the initial type of glove protection from hazards, we can break the offerings into a few categories. Folks trying to protect against simple abrasions and scrapes have a clear favorite glove these days in the ATG G-Tek MaxiFlex glove. The MaxiFlex gloves protect against abrasion extremely well. They have a thin coating of micro-foam nitrile that provides protection, with minimal tactile sensitivity loss.

In the past, guys like my father-in-law, who was an electrician for a local utility, used leather drivers for just about everything, but they had to take the gloves off for finer details. The MaxiFlex gloves let you keep them on for just about everything, and they breathe better. There is even a stronger version of the MaxiFlex called the MaxiFlex Endurance that is just as tough as natural leather.

While there aren’t many folks sticking their hands in buckets of razors or broken glass, there are a few of you out there who need extreme protection. In these situations, you might want to ante up a bit and choose Cut-Resistant Kevlar Gloves. These miracles of modern science are great for glass handling, canning, bottling, sheet metal processing, and a range of automotive care.

You can also count on gloves for protection from harsh chemicals. There exist numerous products and solvents that should never come in contact with skin. Luckily there is a broad range of gloves designed to meet the work challenges that require tactile dexterity without actual contact. Depending on the exact chemicals you are trying to protect yourself from, latex (natural rubber), neoprene, nitrile, polyethylene, and vinyl gloves are available under a category called Unsupported Safety Gloves. Only glove industry folks regularly use the term, but it covers a line of chemical protection gloves (most often disposable) for a range of work projects.

This category also includes Hazmat Gloves. Gloves for hazardous materials can cover a whole range of dangers up to and including nuclear waste. Check your MSDS, and have it in hand if you have questions and want to give us a call (1-800-829-9580). We carry North Butyl Gloves in both rough and smooth finishes. These gloves, available in varying lengths, are designed to provide tactile sensitivity while protecting against oxygenated solvents and most oxidizing chemicals.

Another aspect of choosing the right glove is size. While some gloves will stretch to fit, others require a more precise size choice. Measuring glove size is pretty straight forward. Simply take a flexible tape measure and wrap it around your hand over the thumb. Here’s how the following measurements conform to glove sizes:

6 in. – Extra-Small
7 in. – Small
8 in. – Medium
9 in. – Large
10 in. – Extra-Large
11 in. – 2X-Large

Whatever you need protection from, chances are we have the right pair of gloves for you. And in case we don’t, we can point you in the right direction. Feel free to contact us online at www.pksafety.com or give us a call Monday through Friday from 6 am till 5 pm PST.

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Glove Safety – Finding the Right Glove for Your Industry

Posted on Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012 by Justin McCarter

Gloves used to be easier. There was generally only one size. They either fit, or they didn’t. They either worked, or you didn’t wear them. These days there are more choices, and it’s a good thing because OSHA requires hand protection as part of safety standard 29 CFR 1910.138.

Protect Your Hands with the Best Gloves for OSHA Compliant Safety

The Bureau of Labor Statistics places injuries to the hands, wrists, and fingers as the second-highest of all workplace injuries behind falls with more than 100,000 annually. The challenge for employers and glove manufacturers isn’t just providing more gloves, but providing the right gloves for the job, and one that fits a work force comprised of all sizes of people and hands.

While most hand injuries occur because the worker isn’t wearing any hand protection, at least 30% of the reported injuries occur because the glove was not suitable for the work being performed.

There are so many gloves on the market today, with a little research employers can find the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) for the jobs being performed. One of the keys for today’s glove manufacturers is dexterity. Years ago when the only type of work gloves were leather gloves for digging ditches, dexterity didn’t matter much. But with improved glove design, materials, and manufacturing techniques, gloves have become not only helpful protection but necessary aids to a worker’s ability to complete tasks.

Palm-coated gloves such as the popular G-Tek MaxiFlex are designed for work that requires fine motor skills and sensitivity such as automotive repair and product assembly. However, their excellent grip and relative durability have made them favorites in the traditionally more demanding trades such as carpentry and construction.

One size definitely doesn’t fit all. Manufacturers understand this, and a good example are the cut resistant MCR Safety 9676 Dyneema Gloves which come in sizes small to extra-large. Even more basic work and construction gloves like the MCR Safety 1400A Leather Palm Work Glove come in four sizes. A properly fit glove provides far superior protection to one where the protective pads and reinforcement are someplace other than where a workers hand fits.

Another improvement in glove safety for workers is due to new materials. Heat resistant glove liners were traditionally made from knits. This style of glove offered great protection, but at a high per-pair cost, and greater bulk to the glove. Thermal protection can now be achieved without costly knits by using stitch-bonding and laminated layers of protection. Because the gloves have protection where you need it, and less material where you don’t, they are naturally less bulky, and provide greater dexterity.

Dexterity is the new buzz word for work gloves these days. Manufacturers are providing increased finger and hand mobility through glove design, innovative materials, and construction. And this may be the single greatest benefit of modern gloves to workers, as it allows them to complete their tasks without too much unnecessary exposure of the extra material to get snagged or pinched.

Better movement and fit makes gloves more comfortable. Comfort plays a larger part for worker safety than most give it credit for. Ease in both doffing and donning (to borrow some glove industry speak) and a breathable, well-fitting glove make hand safety more attractive to workers for the simple fact that they feel better when they are on. As anyone involved in work safety will tell you, PPE isn’t worth a darn if it isn’t worn regularly.

To provide the greatest protection for workers and to comply with OSHA hand protection standards, research safety gloves that work best for the specific tasks performed on your job site. If you have questions about suitability, materials, or fit, please give us a call or contact us online at www.pksafety.com. We have glove experts here to help.

Thanks for reading.

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The Greatest Pair of Gloves Ever

Posted on Monday, May 7th, 2012 by Justin McCarter

The ATG G-Tek MaxiFlex Ultimate Nitrile-Coated Gloves are possibly the greatest gloves ever, if you believe the people who have taken the time to write reviews to our site. Even the titles of their reviews are very positive – “The Bomb Gloves” (not sure what that means, but the rest of the five-star review is exceedingly positive), “Awesome” writes Will from Hell, Michigan, “Best Light Work Gloves I’ve Used” says Grubby from Chicago, and “Some of the Best Fitting Gloves I Have Ever Used” says Brian D. from Texas.

Are the G-Tek MaxiFlex Gloves the Best Light Work Gloves Ever?

These are a fairly new glove for us here at PK Safety. That’s what makes these reviews somewhat extraordinary. Of all the gloves we carry, the G-Tek gloves have inspired more people to review and write in than any other gloves we carry. And nobody, in all the reviews that we have received, has given them less than 5 stars.

Sure, some part of the glowing glove reviews is probably due to our outstanding customers service. Brian from Texas even made a note that “On the shipping end, the company had them to me faster than quoted, well packed, and sent me confirmation at each step.” So that helps.

However, each user also noted the types of work they performed with the gloves, and all agree: the G-Tek MaxiFlex Ultimate Nitrile-Coated Glove is tough and works great. Will in Hell (I’ve written that town name a bunch of times now, and it’s still funny. To me, anyway.) is a maintenance tech at an auto manufacturing plant who says he is tough on everything.

“I work in oil, grime, sharp metal and well, you name it, and my hands are in it. These gloves are the best thing I have ever put on my hands. I have the protection and the dexterity that I need. I can pick up a penny off the floor with these babys on. They rock.”

Grubby in Chicago concurs, “My work buys these for our warehouse. We pick up a lot of boxes and roll them around on metal carts. By far (the G-Tek MaxiFlex gloves) are the best I have seen. I have also found them great for automotive work, weight lifting, and any use where you need a good grip on an object. They also breath good and last longer than any I have used.”

Brian in Texas also notes that he uses a set of the G-Tek gloves for shooting. We assume that’s not when he’s at work.

There are some cautionary notes in the reviews as well, in case any of you are thinking they are good for everything. Brian notes they are great for cuts and scrapes, but do not protect well against direct punctures. The MaxiFlex Cut Resistant Glove will provide even better protection. Will (from H-E-double-hockey-sticks) mentions that the MaxiFlex 34-874 gloves are not heat-resistant, and he doesn’t suggest using them for welding or handling of hot parts. Good point.

However, if you are looking for a “sensitive glove” that “keeps your hands cool” while also keeping them protected, the ATG G-Tek MaxiFlex Ultimate Nitrile-Coated Glove just may be the greatest glove ever.

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Product Highlight: Maxi-Flex Ultimate Nitrile Coated Glove

Posted on Monday, February 27th, 2012 by Administrator

Not long ago we welcomed a new glove into our product offering. Meet the Maxi-Flex Ultimate Nitrile Coated Glove by G-Tek, coveted for its fantastic abrasion resistance.

Abrasion Resistant Safety Gloves

Even in this technological age, a lot of folks still need to get their hands dirty. It’s best to have the right pair of gloves for these kinds of jobs and few are better than the Maxi-Flex Ultimate Nitrile Coated Glove by G-Tek. No single pair of gloves is perfectly suited for every job and it can be tough to figure out which kind of glove is right for you. A rating system known as EN 388 sheds light on the particular qualities of these gloves. EN 388 is a European system that rates a glove’s resistance to abrasions, blade cuts, tears, and punctures. Every pair of gloves scores differently, depending on the job for which it is best suited. These particular ones scored the highest possible ratings in resistance to abrasions and tears. These strengths make the gloves perfectly suited for tasks that require fine motor skills and tactile sensitivity, such as automotive repair or product assembly, in which there is little chance of the blade cuts or punctures one faces in a job like laying tile or cutting glass. Our customers love these gloves for protecting their hands while they handle rough materials. The best gloves are comfortable and protect the wearer in the right ways. If your next job involves abrasive tasks, then these gloves may be the right fit for you! Get your pair today!

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Ninjas that Fight Ice: The Best Gloves for Handling Icy Water

Posted on Wednesday, November 30th, 2011 by Rick

Warm Safety Gloves for Icy WeatherIn cold weather fishing, the hands are the first body part to suffer, and boy do they suffer. Last time I was in Northern Ontario, spring was late and by the end of the trip, my hands looked like raw hamburger. I’d have walked across Canada for a pair of Ninja Ice gloves by MCR Safety.

The company makes two different models of nitrile-coated thermal-insulated gloves and both are super cheap. I have found that the best fishing supplies often do not come from a sporting goods store. This is certainly one of those times. Not only are the gloves affordable, but they overflow in hand-saving features.

The shell construction is a combination of nylon and polyester that works like a wetsuit, so you can soak these in icy water and still stay warm. Inside is a brushed polyester micro terry cloth liner.

I sat near the lake staring at the proprietary HPT (Hydropellent Technology) coating like a kid on Christmas, marveling at how it repelled water and retained a slip-free grip on wet surfaces. Along with keeping hands dry, the HPT is also snag-resistant and protects your hands from the unavoidable battle damage of fishing or any other job that involves manual labor in cold and wet conditions. The best thing about these gloves is that they allow for a full range of finger motion, so you can still tie on lures, adjust wiring, type on a keypad, etc.

One thing to be sure to note when ordering is that the fully coated HPT coverage model (FC N9690FC) stretches less than the model that has HPT only on the palm side (N9690). Case in point: I needed a full size larger for the total coverage gloves. Knowing that discrepancy will help when ordering. Now all you need to worry about is where the fish are.

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Memphis 9378T Cut and Heat Resistant Kevlar Knit Sleeves

Posted on Thursday, August 25th, 2011 by Administrator

When we think about safety gloves, our minds tend to drift to an image of heavy-duty, drab material that although they do protect your hands, they don’t always allow you to really handle the finer things in life. The idea of having an arm and hand protector made for easily maneuvering your hands and fingers sounds almost too good to be true. Lucky for us, MCR Safety has created just the thing! The Memphis 9378T 18” knit sleeves are made of DuPont Kevlar brand fiber and are the perfect “safety” glove for the smaller, less dangerous jobs. This sleeve is made to protect your wrist and forearm from not just cuts and burns, but is also great for general protection, arm-wraps, or even just for keeping your arms warm while on the job.

Protective sleeve

Kevlar is perhaps the most widely used high performance material for industrial applications. It is a successful material due to its tremendous tensile strength relative to its light weight, and is ideal for cut-resistant, and heat-resistant gloves and sleeves in tough work environments. Temperature wise, the basic Kevlar thread/material/fabric exceeds the performance of many other materials as it can withstand temperatures up to 1000° Fahrenheit, while retaining its strength properties.

These sleeves are cut and heat-resistant, not heat-proof. This particular Kevlar sleeve however, is double ply, which provides an added layer of protection from cuts and burns. It will not melt, ignite or conduct electricity. The stretch fabric with a thumb slot makes it possible to be worn in conjunction with cut resistant gloves if need be. These sleeves are double ply, which makes them great for working around hot steam or exhaust pipes or other minor contact that could potentially burn your forearm.

These sleeves are also great for slicing type cut and scratch protection for glass and sheet metal jobs. With the thumbhole, they stay in place, will fit either hand, and even though they are one size, we have had customers who wear size XXL who find that these sleeves work perfectly for them.  The gloves also have 2% moisture absorption, so after laundering they will maintain their neat, hygienic appearance. Did we mention they are bright yellow? With such a vibrant color, you’ll never lose track of these or get bored of them!

Regardless of the job, the Memphis 9378T Cut and Heat Resistant Kevlar Knit Sleeves are great for general safety. They are lightweight and durable so you can easily throw them in your work bag and take them where ever you go. And we sell them individually, so you don’t have to worry about having one too many.

Check out our video where we demonstrate just how great these sleeves actually are!

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Gloves: Finding the Right Fit

Posted on Monday, October 25th, 2010 by Administrator

Our Ansell Hyflex gloves are some our our most popular safety gloves. They are not only tough but flexible, offering more dexterity than your usual safety glove. I recently got a question about the sizing of these gloves:

I am looking at your Ansell Hyflex 11-600 Polyurethane Coated Glove. I see that they come in many sizes, but how do I know which one is right for my hand size?

Abrasion Resistant Safety Gloves

For industrial gloves, including the Ansell Hyflex gloves, sizing is determined by measuring around your hand at the knuckles. For instance, wrap a piece of string around your hand, then lay it out flat and measure the length. The total in inches is your size. 8 inches equals size 8. It’s that simple to find the right fit! If you are between sizes I recommend going up to the next larger size.

Finding the right fit is important in safety gloves, especially gloves that are meant to afford you more dexterity. Getting the wrong size can result in a loss of dexterity. As always, if you have any questions, feel free to contact us and ask!

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Leather Drivers Gloves

Posted on Saturday, December 26th, 2009 by Rick
Multipurpose Leather Drivers Gloves

Multipurpose Leather Drivers Gloves

I was updating the descriptions on some of our leather drivers gloves, and I was reminded of how versatile and useful this product is. These days the majority of our glove sales are in the newer synthetic styles, such as the Ansell Hyflex and Mechanix Glove brands . These are usually a fabric shell with a coating of some sort. They are cost effective and offer many useful properties.

But then you come back to leather. When I’m working around the yard or doing the DIY thing, I usually gravitate back to a leather drivers glove. Something about the feel, fit and even the smell that brings back comforting memories. I can remember being a teenager some 30+ years ago (OMG!) and driving a tractor during a summer job. My employer gave me a pair of leather drivers style gloves that I wore pretty much all summer. How do simple things like gloves bring back such vivid memories?

Interesting, but that is probably a subject for another sort of blog.

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