Best Gloves for the Garage: Think Nitrile
The days of heading home with black fingernails and grease-stained hands are long gone. Today’s professional installers wear gloves to protect their hands from dangerous fluids, hazardous chemicals, and the harsh auto repair environment. The modern work glove is disposable, inexpensive, comfortable, and makes any installation easier. Professional installers need protection that is especially rugged, versatile and chemical resistant. And, while there are a variety of gloves available, nitrile gloves offer the highest level of protection and functionality – with many benefits over other options.
Nitrile gloves are produced with a synthetic rubber material that does not contain latex, which means that they are suitable for anyone that suffers from latex allergies. Nitrile gloves are three to five times more puncture resistant than latex, offering more rugged defense against sharp edges and tools. Not only does this benefit serve to protect hands from cuts and abrasions, it also means that they are more durable and subsequently, longer lasting. Nitrile is also able to withstand higher temperatures than latex, which is an obvious advantage in the automotive service environment.
Nitrile Gloves Are Chemically Resistant
One of the reasons that nitrile has become popular across a broad range of professions and industries is its superior resistance to a broad range of chemicals. When chemical exposure is mentioned in the context of automotive repair, naturally the first things that come to mind are oil and gasoline. These are volatile, hazardous fluids that installers need to protect themselves from. However, as vehicles age and parts wear out, requiring advanced maintenance – other hazardous chemicals come into play. We’re talking about exposure to refrigerants, corrosion around battery terminals, heavy metals, transmission fluid, brake fluid, differential lubricants and other solvents. OSHA recommends nitrile gloves as part of their Personal Protective Equipment Standard (1910.132) because of their ability to provide protection from many chemicals, including oils, greases, acids, caustics, and alcohols.
OSHA also highly rates nitrile gloves for jobs requiring dexterity and sensitivity. Professional installers find themselves handling many small parts, which requires precision. There are also many repairs that require the application of force by hand – and again, a good grip is essential. Being lightweight and flexible, nitrile reacts to body temperature and conforms to the hand for a snug and comfortable fit. Textured glove options offer superior grip to help prevent slipping when it counts most.
Rugged, Versatile Hand Protection
When selecting a disposable nitrile glove, consider the application and whether it calls for regular duty or heavy duty, and the importance of grip. Properly fitting gloves of appropriate mil thickness can help enhance effectiveness, ensure durability and reduce hand fatigue.
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