Gloves are a useful tool that many people often overlook when putting together an outdoor work uniform. There are many different types and styles made from a variety of different materials to choose from - you'll be surprised. From man-made materials to real leather and performance styles to models with enhanced grip and insulation, you might not know which to choose. There are several factors to consider when it comes to choosing a pair of outdoor work gloves. Here are some tips to help you find that perfect pair.
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When you're choosing a pair of outdoor work gloves, one of the first things you should consider is whether they're waterproof. It's likely that outdoor workers will run into some kind of moisture, whether that's rain, snow, ice or damp soil - after all, this is Britain.
The best and easiest way to avoid cold, drenched fingers, potential blisters and reduced productivity is to look for waterproof gloves. Avoid water absorbing materials like cotton and opt for leather, PVC or polypropylene. Gloves that have palm coating and wrist cuffs to further repel water are even better.
We recommend: Waterproof Hi-Vis Glove
There are many gloves made from varying materials and offering a range of features, which will each be better suited to different jobs and requirements. It will be much easier to narrow down your options if you take into account the type of work the gloves will be used for.
Consider the hazards your workers might face by having a look at your health and safety policy.
If your workers are likely to be scratched or cut on a regular basis, invest in gloves made from heavyweight, durable materials. They might even have long cuffs to protect the arms. Consider the time of the year. For example, insulating gloves are great for the colder months, but not so great for the warmer months.
Remember that outdoor workers are exposed to different hazards to indoor workers such as the weather and their gloves may experience greater wear and tear. For that reason, outdoor work gloves tend to be made of thicker materials than indoor gloves. Thin rubber and plastic gloves won't work here, and will only serve to cause injury and hinder productivity. Look for extra durable, heavyweight materials that offer more protection against cuts, scrapes and tears.
It's no use having protective gloves made from the thickest, most durable material you can find if they have poor grip or don't fit your employees' hands properly. Look for gloves with rubber dots or criss-crossed material across the palms and fingers for a better grip. Poorly fitting gloves restrict movement and can cause muscle aches, cramps and blisters. Consider these factors when it comes to seams, which can affect comfort and the longevity of the gloves:
- Seams on the inside last longer, but tend to chafe the skin
- Seams on the outside are more comfortable, but tend to wear out more quickly
- Seams across the palm are usually more comfortable
- Seams across the back often provide a more exact fit
We recommend: Canadian Rigger Glove
Although thick, high quality materials and waterproofing are often enough to protect your employees' hands from hazards and anything else they might encounter on the job, additional features, such as insulation and sweat control, can go a long way towards making the job easier.
Many high quality work gloves come with Insulatex lining, velcro wrist tabs and cuffs for improved fit and even be made of materials that help to minimise sweating by allowing the wearer's hands to 'breathe'. All-natural fibres such as wool and synthetic fibres such as polypropylene are great for keeping hands warm yet dry.
We recommend: Lined Driver Glove
Still Wondering About What Your Outdoor Team Should Wear?
It doesn't stop at the perfect pair of outdoor work gloves - there are many other factors to consider when you're putting together a workwear uniform for your outdoor team. Ensure that your employees are fully protected and prepared for their jobs by downloading our free eBook on outdoor workwear for spring.