How to select anti-vibration work gloves

Anti-vibration gloves are work gloves. They form a part of personal protective equipment (PPE) used to reduce the vibration on the hands and arms caused by working with vibrating tools and equipment. Prolonged exposure to vibration from tools can cause numbness and pain in the hand and arm, known as vibration damage.  In this article, we will explain how to choose the appropriate anti-vibration gloves according to different work content.

What are anti-vibration work gloves?

Anti-vibration gloves are tools used to prevent vibration on the hands and arms. For example, after using a grinder or brush cutter for a long period of time, numbness or pain may occur in the arms and hands. In some cases, the numbness and pain may persist even the day after the work is completed, and the person may suffer from persistent fatigue.

Normally, these symptoms will subside within a few days, but if you continue to work every day and the symptoms become chronic, it may develop into a disorder called vibration disorder. Once it develops, it is said to be difficult to cure completely, and the only remedy is to try to alleviate the symptoms. Anti-vibration gloves are effective in preventing vibration disorder in advance.

How to select anti-vibration work gloves

When using anti-vibration gloves, it is necessary to keep two major points in mind. Let's take a look at each of these points.

Products that meet industrial standards

There is an industrial standard that defines the performance of anti-vibration gloves. This industrial standard investigates the requirements for how much vibration can be suppressed. Products that meet the requirements are marked with certification, which should help you choose gloves with higher anti-vibration performance. When selecting anti-vibration gloves, look at the description section of the product and check if there is a statement such as ’meets the standard values of the industrial standard’ before purchasing.

The right size for your hands

Although not limited to anti-vibration gloves, it is still important to choose the right size for your hand size. If you use anti-vibration gloves that are not the right size for your hands, you may not be able to obtain the original anti-vibration performance, as well as the usability of the tool. In addition, the reduced usability increases the risk of damage other than vibration damage, so to ensure safety, try on the gloves before making a selection.

How to select according to work content

Based on the points for selection described in the previous section, more suitable anti-vibration gloves are available according to the nature of your work. The items are matched according to the work nature.

Work involving flying sparks or dust

火花、粉じんが飛ぶ作業

For work that involves  sparks and dust, choose a natural leather type product. In addition to its excellent durability, the soft texture will allow you to work smoothly. If you have to do detailed work using your fingertips, such as operating buttons, choose a half-finger type that exposes half of your fingers for convenience. Also, the net hand type, which provides thick protection for the back of the hand, prevents dust from entering and is excellent for work efficiency.

Work with brushcutters, chainsaws, etc.

刈払機、チェーンソーなどを使う作業

For work that involves heavy tools such as brushcutters and chain saws, choose the mesh type or the cut-resistance type. The former offers excellent ventilation and workability, and is very useful for long hours and detailed work. The latter type protects against scratches from blades and other sharp objects, so it is useful when working in forests where branches and other vegetation are thick. Also, the artificial leather type is recommended for those who seek durability, as it is resistant to deterioration even in the rain.

Work using water, such as rock drills

削岩機など水を使用する作業

For work that involves water, such as rock drills, choose waterproof all-coat type of gloves. Many products have an anti-slip coating on the surface of the glove, making it easy to work with. However, if your work involves oil, we recommend wearing nitrile-coated gloves because the all-coat type does not work well with oil.

Summary

The use of anti-vibration gloves can reduce the risk of vibration damage. It is best to know how to choose which product is appropriate according to the nature of work. The use of anti-vibration gloves does not eliminate the risk of having vibration damage, so take other necessary measures when working for long periods of time.