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Gloves for Mining Safety

Gloves for Mining Safety

Gloves for Mineworkers

PPE - Many Gloves for Different Applications

 Different Types of Gloves for Different Applications

 

Which Glove is Best?

Glove Uses
Cotton Light duty material handling and  cleanup work
Leather Equipment handling, general construction, heavy cleanup, welding, moderately hot or cold material handling
Shock absorbing Operating rotary hammers and other vibrating equipment
Kevlar or Wire mesh Work with sheet metal, glass, or heavy cutting
These gloves Do Not provide puncture protection
Rubber, nitrile, neoprene, PVC, PVA and other synthetics Chemical gloves must be chosen for the specific chemical being used
Insulated Extreme high and low temperatures

 

How Chemicals Get Inside a glove

  • Permeation - Diffusion of a chemical through a material on a molecular basis
  • Penetration – Chemical enters  through zippers, punctures, or seams
  • Degradation – Chemical causes a change in the physical properties of the material


Table adapted from: Forsberg, K. & Mansdorf, S.Z. Quick Selection Guide to
Chemical Protective Clothing. 2nd Ed. Van Nostrand Reinhold, NY, NY


Glove Care

  • Inspect gloves before use for tears, excessive wear, and punctures
  • Store in a clean, dry location
  • Discard leather and cloth gloves if they become saturated with oil or other chemicals
  • Leak test chemical gloves by sealing the wrist and filling the glove with air
    -Use a clean plastic tube or low pressure air line – not your mouth!


Glove Sizing

With a ruler, start at index finger and measure the width of your hand in the knuckle area

Distance Size
2 to 2½” 6 X Small

2½ to 3”

7 Small
3 to 3½” 8 Medium
3½ to 4” 9 Large
4 to 4½” 10 X Large
4½ to 5” 11 XX Large

 

Hand Care

  • Avoid washing your hands with solvents, harsh soaps, or abrasives
  • Clean and bandage all cuts and abrasions
  • Immediately remove any imbedded foreign materials
  • Wash immediately after using any chemical – Even if you did not detect leakage
  • Pay attention to skin rashes—get an immediate medical evaluation
  • Wear cotton gloves under rubber gloves to reduce sweating


Types of Injuries

  • Cuts, fractures, punctures and amputations
    -Cuts or lacerations – May sever nerves, tendons or muscle or become infected
    -Fractures can damage nearby tissue and be difficult to repair
     
  • Dermatitis and burns are caused by direct contact with chemicals, detergents, metals, or very hot or cold objects
    -Dermatitis may show up immediately after contact with a chemical causing the skin to become red, swollen, itchy, or burning, and may develop blisters
    -Dermatitis may develop after several contacts with chemicals known as sensitizers - Nothing happens initially, later contacts with the chemical produce an allergic reaction
     
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome results from prolonged repetitive work with the hands - This condition can be disabling and can have a variety of temporary symptoms like swelling, tingling, numbness, and pain in the hands or fingers


First Aid

  • Cuts: Apply direct pressure to a large or bleeding cut and elevate the hand above the shoulder - Clean a small cut with soap and warm water and cover it with a sterile bandage
     
  • Burns: Immerse in cool water or run cool water over the burned area
     
  • Broken bones: Keep the hand still and get professional help
     
  • Amputations: Apply pressure to the injured area immediately - Preserve the amputated part in a plastic bag and put it in ice water or ice, but Do Not allow the amputated part to come in contact with the ice!
     
  • Sprains: Apply cold compresses to reduce pain and swelling
     
  • Chemical burns: Rinse with running water for at least 15 minutes
     
  • Heat burns: Soak minor burns in cold water, then apply a sterile bandage - A burn that is charred or blistered requires medical attention

 

This could be you!

Comletely amputated finger

So watch out!!!

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