How does the gauge of cut-resistant work gloves impact their comfort and performance?

The gauge of a glove indicates the number of knitting needles or stitches per square inch. As the number of stitches increases, so does the gauge, resulting in a thinner glove. Gloves with higher gauges offer better dexterity and comfort. An added benefit of a higher-gauge glove is that it provides a high level of tactility, and therefore, it will be easier to do specific jobs that require fine-tuning skills.

Conversely, when there are fewer stitches per inch of yarn, the yarn is thicker, and thus the glove is thicker. For example, a 7-gauge glove is less dexterous and flexible than an 18-gauge glove. If the task at hand requires fine-tuning skills, this is an issue. However, if the job requires heavy lifting that includes sharp and abrasive objects, selecting a lower-gauge glove may be advantageous.

Understanding the gauge is crucial in selecting gloves tailored to the specific demands of the job at hand.

What are the different cut-resistant ratings?

Cut-resistant gloves vary in their resistance and strength. The higher the cut level, the more heavy-duty and cut-resistant the glove is. The ANSI/ISEA 105-2016 standard, set by the American National Standard Institute, features a nine-level scale, offering a quick guide to identifying the suitable cut-resistant gloves needed based on the task at hand.

At Liberty Safety, all our cut-resistant gloves undergo third-party testing and certification. This ensures that our cut-resistant gloves consistently meet the standards set for cut resistance.

Refer to the chart below for a visual representation of all nine cut levels, ranging from A2 to A9.

ANSI/ISEA 105-2016 Cut Resistant Ratings
A1 – 200 gm, Light Cut Hazards
A2 – 500 gm, Light-Medium Cut Hazards
A3 – 1000 gm, Light-Medium Cut Hazards
A4 – 1500 gm, Medium Cut Hazards
A5 – 2200 gm, Medium-High Cut Hazards
A6 – 3000 gm, High Cut Hazards
A7 – 4000 gm, High Cut Hazards
A8 – 5000 gm, High Cut Hazards
A9 – 6000 gm, High Cut Hazards
How often should cut-resistant gloves be replaced?

The replacement frequency of cut-resistant gloves depends on several factors, including the intensity and duration of use, specific tasks involved, and the materials the gloves are made of. As a general guideline, conduct the following regular inspections to ensure the integrity of your gloves.

  • Visible Wear and Tear: Check gloves routinely for noticeable signs of wear and tear, such as holes, cuts, or abrasions. If any damage is detected, it’s advisable to replace the gloves promptly.
  • Coating Integrity: A more subtle sign that it may be time to replace your gloves is that the coating has worn off. This can often be identified if the material of your glove feels thinner than when you first got it or if the material begins to feel more abrasive to the touch.
  • Stains and Contamination: While dirt and stains are common, your gloves should not retain excessive amounts of contaminants after washing. If gloves remain heavily soiled with dirt, chemicals, oil, or other substances, it’s a clear signal to invest in a new pair of cut-resistant work gloves.

Being attentive to these indicators ensures that your cut-resistant gloves deliver optimal protection and maintain their protective integrity while on the job.

Does palm coating increase cut resistance?

Palm coatings do not directly increase cut resistance; however, they provide improved grip, reducing the likelihood of slips with sharp objects and, thus, potentially fewer opportunities for cuts. Palm coatings can also help extend the life of the shell.

Can I wash cut-resistant gloves?

Yes, cut-resistant gloves can usually be washed. However, it’s important to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for industrial laundering instructions. It is recommended to hand wash them using mild detergent and lukewarm water, and then air dry. Avoid using bleach or harsh chemicals that may compromise the integrity of the gloves.

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