Important to know

Important to know about protective gloves

In many work environments, there are high demands for protective and disposable gloves. They protect you and minimize the spread of viruses and bacteria.

The choice of glove is deceived by what you work with, but the materials are different for different work environments. Our hands are one of our most important work tools. The gloves must be correctly marked and documented that they live up to the set requirements. They must also not contain harmful substances that can cause allergic reactions. Choosing gloves can be difficult because there are so many different types and models to choose from.

Take care of the skin in the protective glove

Some occupations involve many changes of gloves or wearing them during long work shifts. For the skin it is tough, so follow our advice:

  • Your hands should be thoroughly clean and, above all, dry before putting on the glove. Dirt and moisture are otherwise a perfect environment for bacteria, among other things, which contributes to skin problems.
  • Use cotton inner gloves. It gives a drier feeling and minimizes the risk of skin reactions. If you can not use inner gloves - change the glove as soon as the hand becomes sweaty. Make sure the skin is dry before applying a new one.
  • Choose powder-free gloves. Powder in gloves can dry out the skin and contribute to increased risk of allergies.
  • Prevent skin irritation with skin protection cream. Let it dry thoroughly before putting on the gloves.

Level of protection

Protective gloves are divided into three categories depending on the area of use, risk exposure and level of protection:

Gloves of simpler construction. In this category, the protective gloves must provide protection against detergents and protection against hot objects or temperatures not exceeding + 50 ° C. An example of gloves in this category are household gloves. Other gloves in this category can be for lighter work, for example gardening.

Gloves of medium complex construction. This category classifies gloves that are used where the risk is not classified as low or very high, in practice all gloves that are not classified as category 1 or 3. For category 2, the gloves are also required to be tested and approved by a certified company issued by EU, so-called Notified body.

Gloves in this category are used when there is a high risk of serious injury, for example for handling aggressive chemicals. These gloves must be tested by an accredited test institute, type approved by a notified body and that control of the production of the is performed.