31 January 2020

What is the significance of colours in PPE?

We invented the original colour-coded traffic light system which shows you the cut protection level of your work gloves at a glance. Our innovative hand protection system and safety gloves are reducing hand accidents and saving costs across a range of industries around the world.

The traffic light colour coded system (red, amber, green) relates to the safety gloves performance on the EN388 test for cut resistance.

The RED safety gloves are low cut resistance glove, so they are only suitable for lower cut risk tasks. The RED colour itself is a warning to the wearers to be sure they are always wearing sufficient hand protection, as many accidents occur simply because someone did not think about - or understand - the risk involved in a particular task.

The AMBER gloves are a medium cut protection, which makes them an ideal choice for second fix construction trades, mechanical and electrical trades, steel fixing and handling materials with sharp edges.

The GREEN work gloves are higher cut performance, making them the right choice for higher cut risk tasks such as handling sheet metal. The colour GREEN provides the internationally recognised confirmation that it is ‘Safe to go’ when there is a higher risk of cuts.

This colour coded system is an easy way to ensure your workforce is wearing the correct level of protection for the task in hand. You will be able to see at a glance - and from a distance - if your employees or colleagues are suitably protected. If you see someone wearing red work gloves, while sweeping up broken glass, for example, you can immediately alert them to the risk and insist that green safety gloves are worn. The traffic light system is also understood universally, which means that workers from all over the world will understand what the colours refer to, ie green is safe to go.

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