Proper selection of safety gloves against Mechanical Hazards

Proper selection of safety gloves is the result of a process that takes into consideration many criteria — from level of protection and durability to hand shape and breathability. Yet, while the process seems complicated, the goal is straightforward: to provide the worker with gloves that combine functionality with as much protection as possible.

The first step to selecting any protective equipment is a risk analysis, says Chantal Gauvin, a scientist with the Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST) in Montreal and co-author of the institute’s recent study, Selecting Gloves for Protection against Mechanical Hazards. The risk analysis will identify what type of risk is posed by the worker’s tasks.

Source: Johnson, L. A handy guide to gloves. Canadian Occupational Safety, Vol.50, Iss. 5, Oct.-Nov. 2012, p. 26

Voir aussi : Dolez, P. et al. Information Document for Selecting Gloves for Protection Against Mechanical Hazards. Studies and Research Projects / Technical Guide  RG-738, Montréal, IRSST, 2012, 62 pages.

Version française disponible : Document d'information pour la sélection des gants de protection contre les risques mécaniques, RG-649.

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