HPPE gloves are high performance polyethylene gloves that are specially designed to protect the hands from scratches, cuts, and abrasions when handing sharp and abrasive objects and materials. They are generally machined knitted gloves woven with polyethylene fibers. Most of these gloves are rated by how well they will protect your hands, such as level 2, 3, and 4. They are the perfect solution when using machinery that could potentially cut the hands and/or produce sharp fragments that could pierce the skin. They are also perfect for handling scrap metal and scraps of glass.
Sometimes thin HPPE gloves are used as liners beneath other types of gloves. In this way, you can protect your hands in more than one way. For example, if you are working in very cold conditions, you can wear HPPE gloves to protect your hands from cuts and an outer glove to keep your hands dry and warm.
A small cut, a puncture, or any abrasion that breaks the skin can easily get infected and turn into a major health issue. This is especially true if you ignore the issue or don’t notice it immediately. The use of HPPE gloves are the best way to ensure this doesn’t happen to you. These gloves will also prevent major cuts and scrapes.
In industrial settings where workers work with their hands using sharp tools and abrasive materials, HPPE gloves are an essential piece of safety equipment. They cut down on liability issues due to avoidable hazards and they prevent the loss of worker time due to infected cuts. Even small cuts can significantly affect the speed and efficiency at which a worker can perform their work tasks. Productivity and performance generally goes way up when workers are provided with these types of safety gloves.
HPPE gloves are the perfect way to protect your hands when working on hobbies like putting together model cars, trains, and ships. Most HPPE safety gloves are flexible enough to handle a dremel drill with finesse and even exchange different tool heads without taking off the gloves. These gloves are also perfect to keep out in the workshop or garage for sanding projects and when you plan to cut something.
Auto mechanics and car body work professionals often use HPPE gloves to protect their hands during all, or at least some, of their tasks. Examples of when these gloves come in handy include cutting pipe, refitting pipe, removing parts that have sharp edges, and sand blasting.
HPPE gloves are an excellent way to protect your hands when working on DIY HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) projects. HVAC systems tend to have lots of parts with super sharp and jagged edges. This is made more of problem considering you are often working in darker conditions. Wearing HPPE gloves is a safety precaution that can really save your hands, wrists, and forearms while doing such a project as cleaning the HVAC vents.
In conclusion, HPPE gloves have a variety of practical purposes in both industrial and home settings. They should be part of anyone’s basic safety equipment.