The industrial glove market has progressed quickly over the last few years – from impact protection technologies to innovative fabrics and palm materials and major oil & gas operators drive theadvancement in safety TPR glove technology by challenging glove manufacturers like SFG to develop new products to further improve safety and impact protection in the workplace.
When choosing an impact glove, one of the most important features to evaluate is the Thermo Plastic Rubber(TPR). This is the molded material on top of the TPR glove that provides impact protection in safety gloves. The best-designed TPR glove provides maximum coverage and disperses impact force energy away from the bone,without sacrificing flexibility and dexterity and helping to prevent any hand injuries.
It’s very crucial to understand the science and engineering behind building impact protection
technologies; impact gloves should be developed with the end-user’s task, and work environment hazards, in mind. TPR must have the adequate thickness paired with the correct softness or hardness,depending on the application. Dexterity and flexibility of the fingers and thumb should also be carefully considered. Compromising any of these factors can easily result in events as minor as increased hand fatigue, or as major as a permanent hand injury.
Last few tips for impact protection
Making educated decisions for all of your personal protective equipment is the smart and safe thing to do. The next time you’re in the market for safety work gloves with optimal impact protection, remember – not all TPR gloves is created equal. Inspect the TPR gloves closely, ask questions about the impact protection materials, and try them on to ensure proper fit, form, and function. After all, your hands deserve the best protection you can give them, because they’re worth it.