Finding the Right Gloves for the Job: Manual Labor and Civic Maintenance Professionals

When it comes to dirty work, not all work gloves are created equal. Depending on what type of job you have within the manual labor or civic maintenance field, you’ll need top quality gloves with special features and materials that offer the appropriate level of protection. We’ve outlined which gloves perform best in which roles and have a few tips on how to find the right style and the right fit.

Cut Protection Gloves

Cut protection gloves are designed to provide protection from excessive abrasion and exposure to sharp objects. These types of protective gloves are categorized by a Cut Protection Performance Test (CPPT) and provide reinforced palm and 360-degree protection. The CPPT levels range from 0-5, but most people select gloves with level 2 or 3. CPPT Level 2 gloves are ideal for professionals in construction, auto repair, landscaping, power tools, assembly, and equipment handling. CPPT Level 3 gloves are ideal for professionals in rigging, pipefitting, oil field maintenance, heavy construction, demolition, manufacturing, mining and fabrication.

Leading material technologies for cut protection include Kevlar® and Dyneema®. Kevlar® is a synthetic aramid fiber that provides a comfortable strength to weight ratio and is five times stronger than steel. Dyneema® is a made from ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene and is 15 times stronger than steel. Alycoreis one of the most cut and puncture resistant materials out there and also offers a high level of flexibility.

Impact Protection Gloves

Impact protection gloves are designed to provide protection from excessive vibrations and stress to the hands. The glove structure focuses on reinforcing protection on the knuckles, the back of the hand and the fingertips. These types of protective gloves are ideal for professionals in construction, heavy equipment operation and metal fabricating.

There are a variety of modern materials found in impact protection glove designs. Zoombang® technology uses a unique energy-dissipating polymer that stiffens in proportion to the energy applied. Clarino® synthetic leather provides the breathability of genuine leather but is lighter and three times stronger.

Multi-Purpose Gloves

Multi-purpose gloves are designed to provide protection from environmental factors, grip, dexterity, and often, high-visibility. These types of protective gloves come in a wide variety and are ideal for professionals in emergency response, law enforcement, lawn and tree services, road construction, railroad, airport, sanitation, municipal utilities, rigging, pipe fitting, oil field maintenance, heavy construction, demolition, manufacturing, mining and fabrication.

Popular materials found in multi-purpose gloves include nylon, foam, terry cloth, silicone and TPR (Thermoplastic Rubber). Common features include multi-layer construction, adjustable wrist, insulated styles, thermal protection, high-visibility and silicone grip. Some gloves even build copper fibers into the fingertips to make them touch-screen friendly.

Balancing Durability and Flexibility Features

With so many styles and materials available, the options can be overwhelming. Especially when it comes to buying multi-purpose gloves, it’s important to consider how much strength and give you need in order to make the right choice. Start by deciding which feature is most important to you: durability or flexibility.

If durability is more important, narrow down your selection to top quality gloves with a basic exoskeleton, then search for features that provide added comfort like “breathable fourchettes”, “mesh padding” and “vented finger side panel”. If flexibility is more important, choose a non-exoskeleton style with added features like “palm and fingertips dipped”, “shell”, “coated” and “foam padding”.

Finding the Perfect Fit

Start by measuring the circumference of your dominant hand by pulling a body measuring tape around your palm, just above your thumb. Measure three times to make sure you have the correct calculation before you select your size.

Men’s sizing:

  • 7 in. (XS)
  • 5-8 in. (S)
  • 5-9 in. (M)
  • 5-10 in. (L)
  • 5-11 in. (XL)
  • 11+ in. (XXL)

Women’s sizing:

  • 6 in. (XS)
  • 5 in. (S)
  • 7 in. (M)
  • 5 in. (L)
  • 8 in. (XL)
  • 8+ in. (XXL)

If your gloves have adjustable wrist bands, make sure you pull them snug enough to prevent any material or debris from getting in, but loose enough that you don’t cut off circulation. If you can force one pinky finger between your wrist and the band, you’re good to go.

US Standard Products has a wide selection of top quality gloves that provide safer and smarter protection for Manual Labor and Civic Maintenance Professionals. Visit our website and download our free catalogue to start exploring your options. See all the other ways US Standard Products is making your world a better place by visiting us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Five Ways to Amp Up Sidewalk Safety This Winter

Did you know that in most states across the country, the owner of the building is responsible for the safety of the people who use their parking lot AND sidewalks? It’s a potential legal and financial liability that’s important to address. Not to mention the productivity that’s lost if one of your key staff members suffers a slip and fall that takes them off duty for a few weeks (or months!)

Here are a few things you, as a property owner, should do to make sure you’re ready when the snow and ice start to fall.

Set Up Your Snow Patrol

Meet with your team and select some individuals to keep an eye on the snow and ice situation. Have a meeting and review what happened in the previous year, so you can properly plan for this year. Assign someone to mark areas that were hazardous last winter, so you can give them extra attention this year. Have someone else vet snow removal services, so you can select the one that has the best prices, strongest references and appropriate insurance coverage. Working as a team ensures that no one person has to handle it all and you don’t miss something that’s critical to the safety of your staff.

Get Your Services and Supplies Set Up Early

Winter can sneak up on you and if you don’t prepare ahead of time, you may find that the snow removal services have all filled their calendars or you can’t get the proper ice melt when you need it. Get everything set up now so you don’t run into an “out of stock” or “we’re booked solid” situation later in the season.

Watch the Weather

Paying attention to the weather conditions – by monitoring the weather channel or setting up weather alerts to come to your smart phone – can help you ensure that you and your maintenance team know far in advance when a storm is coming. Preparing your property early, by putting out ice melt products BEFORE the storm hits, is a good preemptive move.

Choose the Right Ice Melt and Use It Correctly

Ice melt comes in several formulas, typically including some blend of rock salt, calcium chloride, magnesium chloride, potassium chloride, acetates and other substances like urea and ammonium sulfate. These formulas vary in price, how well they work at different temperatures, toxicity and their impact on different surfaces like concrete or wood decking. Before purchasing, do your homework to ensure you’re getting a product that will work best for your unique business environment.

Don’t Forget the Details

Small things can make a big difference, like putting containers of ice melt in areas that frequently freeze up. Don’t forget the “Slippery Floor” signs and mats for internal areas that get wet when it snows. And even more importantly, ask your insurance agent to double check your coverage, to make sure you’re in the clear if someone does have a slip and fall on your property, in spite of your best intentions.

Don’t wait! Get started today. We can provide you with a wide range of ice melt product, for starters. Check out our catalog today!