New glove range provides flexible, affordable impact protection ahead of legislation

A new range of comfortable and flexible impact protection gloves from Arco, the UK’s leading safety company, is enabling companies to stay ahead of PPE legislation and on top of costs. The Arco Impact Mechanics Glove and the ingenious Arco Impact liner offer excellent impact protection in a wide range of working environments.

Hands and fingers are the second most likely place for workplace injuries. In 2010/11, there were 18,616 such injuries, with each non-fatal injury causing an average 7.5 days’ absence from work1. One seven day absence alone can cost £5,0002 in lost time, rehabilitation, administration, legal fees and compensation.

Such injuries, and their associated costs, can be avoided if staff wear appropriate hand protection. Often people need several pairs of gloves to provide varying levels of protection depending on their working requirements. Finding the right balance of protection, comfort and dexterity can be difficult and expensive.

Both gloves in the range offer excellent impact protection and can be used in a wide range of applications from heavy engineering to general industrial use. And – of supreme importance to wearers – they are comfortable and dexterous.

Often organisations put gloves through extensive testing before using them and replacing existing items can be a lengthy and expensive process. The ingenious Impact Liner allows existing tested gloves to be worn, but with improved protection. The Impact Liner sits under virtually any other glove and, because it is lightweight, it maintains dexterity. Its Poron® XRD™ impact pads absorb impact energy, while the light cotton fabric with Microban® antimicrobial protection allows skin to breathe. It comes in sizes 8,9,10 and 11.

The Arco Impact Mechanics Glove combines rubberised impact protection for the back of the hand with level 5 cut protection. Handling is kept lightweight and secure with a Nitrile coating, and comfort and dexterity is assured with a seamless knit. It is approved to BS EN 388:2003 and comes in sizes 7, 8, 9 and 10.

1 Source: The Office for National Statistics

2 Source: HSE cost model

The gloves can be bought from Arco’s sales offices or online at