Gloves with greater chemical resistance and more grip

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Ansell glove

A new workplace safety glove offers better performance in the handling of wet and toxic products.

Ansell AlphaTec 58-430/435 gloves enable users to handle wet or oily objects with less grip force and more control. A patented grip technology ensures that the coating polymer does not penetrate the liner during manufacture. The coating is therefore consistent and sound, significantly reducing the likelihood of chemical leakage onto the skin.

“This unique combination of chemical resistance and grip, together with flexibility and dexterity, makes the AlphaTec glove an ideal choice when working with chemicals,” says Ansell marketing manager, David Nicholls. “Maintaining a positive grip on slippery components due to lubrication coating is also important in terms of safety and productivity.”

Ansell works with Australia’s leading safety not-for-profit organisation, the National Safety Council of Australia, as a training partner to ensure hand safety issues such as working with chemical-based degreasers are communicated.

Oils and degreasers are a common sight in any industry where removal of oil and lubricants from metal parts forms part of the manufacturing or processing operations.

While most people understand that oil is a chemical that requires hand protection, it also needs to be recognised that many degreasing agents may be toxic and any contact with skin should be avoided.

More common chemicals used in degreasers include methyl ethyl ketone, acetone, toluene, glycol ethers, and other fluorinated and chlorinated solvents. Even where non-toxic degreasers are used, degreasers mixed with the material removed from metals often contain hazardous chemicals and need to be treated the same way as any other toxic substance.

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