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Abrasion-Resistant Gloves

Last updated: June 13, 2019

What Does Abrasion-Resistant Gloves Mean?

Abrasion-resistant gloves are gloves worn to protect workers from hand abrasion due to abrasive workplace exposures.

In occupations with a less-severe risk of abrasion, fabric gloves may be used to protect against abrasion.

Safeopedia Explains Abrasion-Resistant Gloves

Where the risk of abrasion is severe, gloves that are specifically designed for anti-abrasion properties may be required. These are made of materials such as reinforced heavy rubber or staple-reinforced leather. For workplaces in which chemicals are used, anti-abrasion gloves are often made with butyl or nitrile rubber, which is impermeable to certain chemicals and resists corrosion or degradation.

Abrasion-resistant gloves must be used as personal protective equipment (PPE) in any environment where workers face a significant exposure to abrasive material. In the United States, this obligation is mandated by standard CFR 29, 1910.138. The amount of abrasive protection that workers are required to use varies depending on the severity of the abrasion risk, as well as the risk posed by potential exposure to other hazards present in the environment (e.g. chemical substances).

The suitability of a glove for abrasion protection also varies depending on the environment it is used in. For instance, the protection provided by fabric gloves may decrease upon exposure to a wet environment.


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