What type of gloves provide thermal protection?

Q: I’m a construction worker and I need to buy some PPE for my work, I’d like to know what type of gloves provide thermal protection.

– Salom Jambeinge

A: Thermal protection gloves are designed to protect the hands from extreme temperatures, both hot and cold. Here are some types of gloves that provide thermal protection:

  1. Leather Gloves: Leather is a natural insulator and can provide some degree of heat resistance. Leather gloves are often used in welding, where they can protect against sparks and brief contact with hot surfaces.
  2. Aramid Fiber Gloves (e.g., Kevlar): Gloves made from aramid fibers are heat-resistant and often used in industries where high heat or potential fire hazards are present. They’re also cut-resistant, making them suitable for handling sharp objects.
  3. Silicone Gloves: Silicone gloves are resistant to high heat and are often used in cooking and baking. They’re water-resistant, easy to clean, and provide a good grip.
  4. Insulated Rubber Gloves: Insulated rubber gloves are used for work in cold environments. They can keep hands warm and dry while also providing the flexibility and dexterity needed to perform tasks.
  5. Aluminized Gloves: Aluminized gloves are used for high-heat applications, such as working with molten metal or glass. The reflective surface of the aluminum helps deflect radiant heat.
  6. Cryogenic Gloves: These gloves are designed to protect the hands in extremely cold environments or when working with substances like liquid nitrogen.

Remember, different types of thermal gloves are designed for specific applications, and not all will provide protection against both heat and cold. It’s important to select gloves that are suitable for the specific temperature conditions you’ll be working in. As always, refer to the manufacturer’s information and safety standards in your industry to ensure you’re getting the right level of protection.

Have a question about personal safety equipment, work clothes, and the PPE industry? Anbu Safety writer Arlen Wang will find answers to the queries. to submit a question send an email to: info@anbusafety.com

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