Hand Protection is a crucial part of PPE for any physical labour task, handling dangerous chemicals, operating tools, equipment and machinery. It is imperative that appropriate ‘task-specific’ gloves, are worn in the workplace.
The Graphex® range features an extended thumb and forefinger saddle. This beneficial design boosts the gloves’ overall protection, grip and longevity - further reducing the risk of hand injuries in the workplace.
The ‘Wear and Tear Zone’
The Graphex® Quantum and Quantum+ gloves have an extended material heat pressed onto the glove between the thumb and forefinger to create a reinforced thumb and forefinger saddle. The extended design allows for better coverage on the forefinger, where deterioration is more likely to happen. In contrast, other gloves only come with a standard thumb and forefinger saddle, which only covers the joint between the base of the thumb and forefinger (see diagram). The area between the thumb and forefinger is considered the most common area on a glove to deteriorate; this is also known as the ‘wear and tear zone’.
We can grasp objects because our hands are designed with immense dexterity. After all, it is one of the rare parts of our body that contains a saddle joint. The saddle joint, also known as the trapeziometacarpal joint, is located on the base of our thumb, which allows our thumb to spread out wide to aid in grasping large objects while also allowing it to move inward to touch each of your fingers tightly.
When we firmly grip an object, like a rope, most of our strength comes from the thumb and the forefinger. Hence, this glove part is known as the ‘wear and tear zone’. It is the most used part of our hands, and a lot of the friction happens in this area which can cause the glove to deteriorate rapidly within this area, therefore reducing the product’s overall longevity.
Safety gloves like the Graphex® range are designed with an extended reinforced thumb and forefinger saddle to promote glove longevity and reduce the wear in areas which traditionally result in glove failure. Consider a thumb and forefinger saddle when selecting your hand protection if you frequently experience failure in this area or if there are manual handling tasks which require a grip and pulling action. By doing this, users will be able to comfortably and safely perform their tasks while also reducing the risks of a hand injury.
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