Do your business’s cut resistant gloves make the cut? Hand cuts and wounds are preventable accidents in the workplace, yet they account for a hefty percentage of injuries and lost employee time in the United States. Protecting employees’ hands in the foodservice industry should be a high priority, but choosing the right cut resistant glove for your work environment isn’t the easiest task. Below you will find a guide to help you determine the material and glove that best suits your business’s protective needs.
Why Does My Business Need Cut Resistant Gloves?
Slices, cuts, abrasions and punctures are all common workplace injuries, especially in the foodservice industry. But did you know these types of accidents account for almost 30% of lost time and productivity, and almost 80% of these injuries involve workers’ hands? It’s important to protect yourself and your employees with cut resistant gloves in order to maintain a company that’s efficient with high productivity levels in order to maintain growth. But where does the process of choosing an effective cut resistant glove begin?
What I Need to Know Before Buying Cut Resistant Gloves
When thinking about the process of choosing a cut resistant glove for your business, it’s pertinent to first understand the concept of cut resistance. Cut resistance is a function of a glove’s material makeup and its thickness. Therefore, the heavier weight a glove’s material is (oz. / square yard), the greater the protection.
If this is true, then it should be simple to protect your employees—go with the heaviest material glove the market has to offer, right? The major issue with cut resistant gloves revolves around your employees. Do your gloves offer comfort and mobility? If not, more times than not, your employees won’t even wear them, despite the safety hazards. The major goal is to protect workers without causing an obtuse level of discomfort and mobility restriction. To tackle this, you need to understand the various cut resistant materials that exist.
|Material||Protection Level||ANSI Level||Best Applications|
|Spectra||Basic, light protection to ultra-high, superior protection||
1 - 4,
depending on blend
|Dyneema||Ultra-high, superior protection to maximum protection||
4 - 5,
depending on blend
|Metal Mesh||Maximum protection||5||
- The Kevlar fiber is a para-aramid synthetic fiber that offers high cut resistance. Most of our gloves made from Kevlar fibers fall under ANSI level 3.
- 5x stronger than steel per unit weight
- Inherent flame resistance makes these gloves ideal for high heat kitchen environments
- Relatively lightweight construction provides comfort in addition to increased protection
- Ideal for food preparation and other applications such as glass handling and automotive applications
- The Dyneema fiber is a gel-spun, multi-filament fiber created from ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene, renowned as “The World’s Strongest FibreTM.” Dyneema offers extremely high cut resistance and most of our gloves made from Dyneema fibers fall under ANSI level 4, and our other Dyneema gloves are blended with spiral wrapped steel, increasing their cut resistance to level 5.
- 15x stronger than steel per unit weight
- 40% stronger than aramid fibers
- Extremely durable
- Offer comfort and flexibility
- Low-density allows gloves to float on water, making them moisture resistant
- UV light and chemical resistant
- Handle extreme hot and cold temperatures
- Ideal for all food preparation ranging from slicing, dicing and chopping fruits and vegetables to cheeses and meats
- Metal mesh is composed of interlocked stainless steel mesh and provides advanced cut and puncture resistance. Most of our gloves made from metal mesh fall under ANSI level 5, providing maximum protection.
Note that gloves composed of 100% metal mesh are the only type of cut resistant glove that provide puncture resistance. Other gloves protect hands from slices, not punctures.
- Widely used in industries utilizing extremely sharp cutting tools and instruments
- Feature convenient ambidextrous design
- Offer high hygiene
- Lead to increased durability due to 100% stainless steel construction and lack of fabric straps
- Ideal for meat and poultry applications
So How Do I Choose the Right Cut Resistant Glove?
It all begins with research!
- Evaluate your environment.
- Are injuries occurring frequently?
- Where / when do these injuries occur? At prep stations? During kitchen rush hours?
- How do they occur? With basic cutlery? Larger knives? Machines?
- What's the cut resistance level of you current gloves, and are they actually being worn? If not, is it due to discomfort or lack of flexibility and mobility?
- Identify solutions.
- Will a more comfortable glove encourage my employees to actually wear provided gloves?
- Do I need a higher level of cut resistance due to the kitchen tasks we are performing?
- Do I need a glove that offers heat resistance or moisture resistance in addition to cut resistance?
Depending on your needs, the best choice is to determine a glove you believe will best suit your business's environment, and test it out! With our extensive range of cut resistant gloves available in different sizes, colors and styles, you'll be sure to find the glove that will make the cut!