What are extreme temperature work gloves, and why are they necessary?
Extreme temperature work gloves are designed to protect workers from hot or cold environments. These gloves are made of materials that can withstand high temperatures or extreme cold, allowing workers to perform their jobs safely. OSHA provides guidelines for selecting the appropriate PPE for different temperature extremes.
What is the difference between an extreme temperature work glove and an insulated glove?
An extreme temperature work glove is designed to protect against hot or cold environments, while an insulated glove is designed to provide protection against electrical shock. ANSI/ASTM D120-14a sets the standards for insulated gloves.
How do I choose the right insulated or extreme temperature work glove for my job?
The appropriate glove for a job depends on the level of hazard present. For insulated gloves, the required voltage rating of the glove should be based on the voltage of the electrical system being worked on. For extreme temperature work gloves, the appropriate glove will depend on the temperature range and duration of exposure. Employers are responsible for providing the appropriate PPE for all types of job hazards.
How do I properly care for my insulated or extreme temperature work gloves?
ANSI/ASTM D120-14a outlines specific requirements for the care and maintenance of insulated gloves. These requirements include regular inspections, cleaning and sanitizing, and replacement after a certain number of uses or if the gloves show signs of wear or damage. Extreme temperature work gloves should also be inspected regularly and replaced if they show signs of wear or damage. Care and maintenance requirements will vary depending on the specific type of glove and the manufacturer's recommendations.
Can I use extreme temperature work gloves for other types of work, or do I need different gloves for different jobs?
Extreme temperature work gloves are specifically designed for protection against hot or cold environments and should only be used for this purpose. Different types of work may require different types of gloves, such as chemical-resistant gloves or cut-resistant gloves. Employers are responsible for providing the appropriate PPE for all types of job hazards.