Aquila Gloves - Trends in Industrial Impact and Cut Protection PPE

July 5, 2019


On site visits around the world we often see wrong gloves in the wrong working environment, cotton/nylon coated gloves in construction sites, for example where moving heavy objects is required. These gloves are not the best barrier for protection.

We have observed that even in quarries and mines workers are using basic nylon coated gloves where it is clear that Cut Gloves should be used as: a more robust glove on abrasion, b/. protection from sharp objects. Often this is results from a company cutting cost at the expense of workers, or simply that workers may not know better, as they are not properly educated
by the safety managers, and because gloves are frequently not seen as the most important protective wear compared to say; hard hats and shoes.

This is clearly a misguided approach since according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics nearly 20% of workplace injuries involve cuts and lacerations to the hand and fingers. Hand injuries occur frequently and can be most severe - in terms of lost working days they are considered only less important than back strains and sprains. A National Safety Council study in
the U.S. reports that the cost of just one disabling hand or finger injury ranges from $540 to $26,000 per patient, while cost of serious upward extremity trauma can average at $730,000 per patient.

In spite of this, people are still frequently wearing the wrong gloves, often because gloves are considered the lowest in the spectrum of safety gear they are always under the radar. Because they are consumables then people continue wearing inappropriate gloves.

So - are you specifying the right glove?

In confirmation of our experience as manufacturers the US Bureau of Labor
Statistics reports that more than 70% of workers experiencing hand injuries
were not wearing gloves at the time, and the remaining 30% of injured
workers were not wearing the right type of glove. According to the American
Society of Safety Professionals, two out of every five hand injuries are
from cuts or punctures.

So - are you specifying the right glove for the safety of your workers and
in the best interests of your company?

A good example is the impact protection glove market where Aquila have
considered using many different  materials but choose to use TPE
(thermalplastic elastomer) or otherwise known as TPR (thermalplastic rubber)
for their impact pads for its comfort and wearability, so ensuring that
users keep their gloves on and keep working longer, better and safer.

TPE/TPR is excellent for impact protection but is expensive compared to much
cheaper and lower performing PVC as used in extreme low-cost items where the
result is some 20-30% cheaper to make, but the trade-offs are that the PVC
material is hard, hence increases hand fatigue and when PVC ages, it tends
to become brittle and breaks. Also, it is less flexible and sometimes
results in injury after long hours of wearing. 

Aquila has also found how the impact protection pads are adhered to the
gloves can determine the quality and longevity of impact gloves. For
example, sewn on pads may appear good and secure but they will come off
easily if the material of the pad is brittle, allowing the pad to break off
very easily - a situation aggravated if the gloves are laundered with the
PVC being degraded in the process.

Aquila's primary care is the workers' safety, and so have also developed a
new approach to cut glove manufacturing with its pioneering spiral wrap (or
yarn wrapping) technology, which is both more effective and cheaper over
their lifetime than other methods.

The unique Alkimos(r) yarn technology used in Aquila(r) cut resistant gloves
employs a spiral fibre winding of ultra-high- density polyethylene as a
protective and structural support outer layer to the core fibre. The yarn is
consequently extremely tough with the core fibre protected from mechanical
damage such as breakage or fraying in the wash process. Also, if glass fibre
is used in the mix of the yarn, the spiral wrapping supports core fibres in
the flexing of day to day wear so ensuring a soft comfortable fit without
the itchiness associated with release of glass micro-fibres.  This is why
gloves manufactured with Alkimos(r) yarn are able to maintain their
extremely high performance for an exceptional number of wash cycles.
Repeated washing saves a considerable replacement cost, and with up to 14
washes without degradation of cut test performance Alkimos(r) yarn means
gloves can frequently exhibit double the working life compared with other
mainstream products.

Ultimately a better cut yarn means a better glove, better cut resistance,
better working and lower costs.

Further information regarding Aquila(r) products may be found at:
www.aquilaglove.com <http://www.aquilaglove.com>  or follow them on twitter:
www.twitter.com/@aquilaglove <http://www.twitter.com/@aquilaglove> .
Aquila(r) and Alkimos(r) are registered brands owned and developed by Taste
International Ltd.

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