Providing a glove solution that keeps hands dry will deliver superior worker comfort, leading to greater productivity, and improve workplace safety compliance.
Skin conditions arising from wet hands can be the result of direct contact with water, chemicals and other liquids. Or through increased perspiration rates caused by high ambient temperatures and hand protection solutions constructed from non-breathable materials. A range of occupations and industries are susceptible to skin conditions, particularly when individuals are required to undertake wet work, involving ongoing contact with liquids or frequent hand washing. Protective gloves are the obvious defence against regular liquid contact, with hand protection designed specifically to create a suitable barrier between skin and any unwanted substances.
In many instances, the defence of hand protection itself can lead to an unwelcome scenario, as liquid build-up inside the glove can be as damaging as external exposure. Some circumstances leave workers significantly exposed to heat and perspiration build-up, particularly when chemical protective gloves are worn, as they usually feature a polymer construction that does not promote effective moisture absorption and heat dissipation.
Working in hot climates can further exacerbate the problem, as hands quickly heat up and start to perspire under higher ambient temperatures. Skin diseases aside, a common response to hot and sweaty hands – brought about by improper PPE selection – is for workers to simply remove their gloves, opening them up to the risk of injury.