While it may seem obvious, one of the easiest things you can do to decrease your PPE cost is to take care of it. Companies who properly launder their safety gloves can often increase lifespan by up to 300%. Laundering removes harmful chemicals, perspiration, and everyday grit and grime that can weaken protective fibers and seams. Think of the grit like sandpaper. Every move you make is creating friction as these particles rub against the threads of your gloves.
Additionally, many OBMs and other chemicals over time begin to break down the fabrics from which gloves are made. Even OSHA has a statement regarding PPE cleaning “Clean and properly maintained PPE is important to ensure the effectiveness and proper functioning of PPE…“
At HexArmor®, we have countless examples of companies that instituted simple cleaning procedures whereby doubling, or tripling the life of their gloves. Some of the things that we have seen work well include:
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This article was originally published in HexArmor Safety Blog, March 2015.
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