Plan to join the International Glove Association (IGA) in Henderson, NV, near Las Vegas, this March to learn more about developments in workplace hand protection. Of special note will be a presentation on the new ANSI/ISEA 138 American National Standard for Performance and Classification for Impact-Resistant Gloves. Until now, there have been no uniform tests to evaluate gloves for impact protection. Impact injuries to the back of the hand can be traumatic, breaking bones and severing ligaments, muscle, nerves and tendons. The cost of these serious injuries can reach six figures in addition to significant lost time.
The presenter is Rodney Taylor, IGA member and global sales and marketing manager for D30. Taylor has said in a statement, “For impact protective gloves, performance can vary widely by manufacturer. Yet, without a performance standards infrastructure in place for impact protection, there is no reliable means of making comparisons between different products on an equal basis.”