A daily inspection of your gloves is crucial from the first day they are removed from the packet, ensuring they are always fit for the days work. The main reason your gloves should always be closely examined before use, is to check for any manufacturing faults or damage caused in transit. In the event you find a fault with the gloves, they should be returned to where they were purchased.
For your reusable safety gloves to continue to be effective against hazards, daily care and inspection are vital before they are worn. An unnoticed tear could lead to a debilitating and painful injury, or chemicals left on the inside of the glove could cause a burn or dermatitis. Consider using seamless gloves as these are not only more comfortable, but it also removes the need to check seams.
It is also vital that you closely inspect the material of the glove, looking for any rips, tears or thinning which may suggest the glove is ‘worn out’ and no longer provides the required level of protection, with even the smallest hole potentially letting in a hazardous chemical. The inside of the glove should be examined for traces of chemicals, putty, cement etc, as these substances left in a glove for any length of time against your skin could cause you severe discomfort or even injury. It is also important that the gloves are checked daily to ensure they are intact and that there are no lose threads that could get caught in equipment.
A daily glove inspection is beneficial as it not only helps to prevent any potential injuries, but it means a reduction in the needless disposal of gloves that are still fit for purpose, saving both time and money.
Like all PPE, safety gloves should not be modified by the wearer. The image above shows a glove which
has had the fingers cut off on site. This can lead to loose threads and strangulation of the finger. Factory sealed 3 digit gloves have been developed to retain dexterity and overcome this issue.
It is important to clean your re-usable gloves on a regular basis. Gloves should be turned inside out before rinsing using tepid warm water and then left to dry naturally. It’s vital that no chemicals are used when washing gloves as this could degrade the coating. All safety gloves should be inspected after washing to ensure the coating is still present and intact.
Once you have finished using a pair of gloves, you need to wipe or rinse them (particularly if handling chemicals where your gloves should be washed before they are removed). Once they have been rinsed or wiped the gloves can then be carefully removed (see how to correctly remove them here) before being placed into a suitable container. By following this simple care advice, you will ensure a reduced risk to your employees, while increasing the life of your gloves.