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05.05.2014
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Characteristics of cut-resistant gloves

When choosing cut-resistant gloves, you should be familiar with certain information that will help you to make the right choice.

Professional suppliers need more information than simply being asked “can I have a pair of cut-resistant gloves, please?” if they are to respond and offer you the appropriate gloves. This information should include:your workplace, the tools you use, the type of conditions present – wet, dry, high or low temperature – and type of materials handled that can potentially cause injury.

This allows us to know your requirements for reducing risks, as these are always latent.

 

The European Standard EN 388:2004 is very clear in its references to cutting. It indicates performance levels 1 to 5 resulting from trials carried out by notified testing and calibration laboratories.

 

CUTTING CYCLES                PERFORMANCE LEVEL

Cycles > 1.2 ----------------------------- Level 1

Cycles > 2.5 ----------------------------- Level 2

Cycles > 5.0 ----------------------------- Level 3

Cycles > 10.0 ---------------------------- Level 4

Cycles > 20.0 ---------------------------- Level 5

 

Health and safety officers apply the appropriate level from this table to the analysis made of the particular working conditions referred to previously.

 

As designers and manufacturers of safety gloves, MAFEPE exceeds the information offered in these tables and other recommendations to offer a better selection of cut-resistant gloves. We study the position of hands in the different manoeuvres carried out in each job, as hands and fingers make different and varied movements, giving particular focus on four movements owing to their exposure. These are the “grip”, “pincer”, “drag” and “push-support” actions.

 

 

MAFEPE designs, developments, materials and manufacturing processes offer more effective protective responses for these actions than other gloves in the market.By analysing thousands of “broken” gloves, we see the areas that need extra protection, because when we protect the glove, we protect your hand from risks and potential accidents.

 

For “grasp” actions, regardless of the materials used to manufacture the gloves – leather, knit, impregnations, etc. – the differences can be seen in areas of the gloves, such asthe middle of the palm, the area between thumb and index finger, and the fingertips, all of which are given extra protection in our cut-resistant gloves, improving hand protection and increasing their useful life.This extra protection comes in the form of reinforcement in leather gloves and thickening in seamless knitted gloves.

 

For “pincer” and “drag” actions, the greatest protection is found in the fingertip area, as these actions mainly involve two or more fingers at a time. This comes in the form of  thickening in our seamless and impregnated technical gloves manufactured using highly varied and different materials for internal supports and external impregnations.The results are excellent ergonomics, handling, protection and wear.  

 

For “push-support” actions, your hand operates in conditions similar to “drag” actions, increasing the potential risks for areas in the vicinity of the external edges of the index and little finger. It is therefore appropriate that cut-resistant gloves should have as few seams as possible or none at all.

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