MCR Safety Cut Protection Gloves for Your Hands

MCR Safety Cut Protection Gloves for Your Hands

Choosing the right cut protection for your hands can be a challenge.  Some gloves are too stiff, some are too warm—and some are simply not strong enough to protect your hands.

“The goal with finding good cut protection is finding a glove or sleeve that is strong, comfortable, affordable, and offers a good level of manual dexterity,” said Ben Hurt, Regional Sales Manager at MCR Safety.  “At the same time, you need to match the right level of cut protection for the job.”

 

What to Look For in MCR Safety Cut Protection

Hurt said that when evaluating a glove or sleeve for the right cut protection, you should first ask the following questions:

  • Heat resistance—does the glove need to be heat-resistant?  Are you working with a high-temperature process?
  • Dexterity—do you need to be able to maneuver fine objects with the glove on?
  • Cut risk level—how much cut protection do you need….from levels 0-5?  (see below)
  • Splash risk—is there a liquid or chemical splash risk?
  • Cost—what is the best glove you can afford?  How does the price of the glove compare to a worker’s comp claim?
  • Laundry—do you need to be able to launder the glove?
  • Protection zone—which part of the hand requires the most protection (palm, fingers, etc.)?
  • Grip—does the hand need to be able to grip comfortably?
  • Comfort—is the glove as soft, cool, comfortable as possible?

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6 Levels of Cut Protection

There are 6 different levels of cut protection, from 0 (nuisance cut) to 5 (extreme cut).  Hurt recommends choosing your glove or sleeve based on how and where you are using it, according to your industry application:

 

“It’s important to keep in mind that there is no fabric out there that can protect you from serrated or moving blades,” Hurt cautioned, adding that safety fabrics are cut-resistant—not cut-proof.  “Don’t just rely on a glove.  Take the right safety precautions for your particular situation.”

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Types of Fiber

Hurt said that fiber choice is extremely important when considering a glove.  “You want to get the best quality fabric you can afford,” Hurt said.  “For example, here at MCR, we do a high level of quality control.  We look at the glove from the fiber, to the knitting, to the assembly, all the way through shipping.”

Hurt said that different fibers work better in different industrial applications.  The 3 main fibers he recommends are:

Dyneema

“This is an excellent cut-resistant fiber for handling sheet metal or transferring sharp objects from one place to another,” Hurt said.  Excellent cut and abrasion protection; very form-fitting; keeps skin cool to the touch.  Not recommended for heat applications.

Kevlar

Excellent for hot environments, because it’s non-combustible; 5x stronger than steel; very economical.  “Look for the real Kevlar,” Hurt said.  “For example, we’re the only manufacturing licensee in the U.S. that can buy raw Kevlar from DuPont.”

Memphis Hero

Very comfortable, easy-to-wear, inexpensive fabric; provides protection up to cut risk level 4.  Uses a highly comfortable yarn.  Available in dotted, striped, and several different gauges.

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About MCR Safety

MCR Safety has more than 35 years of experience as a leader in the field of personal protective equipment (PPE). The company globally manufactures and distributes safety gear marketed as MCR Safety, Memphis Glove, Crews, and River City. Their assortment of offerings includes gloves, glasses, garments, and other safety gear, and their products are made from the highest quality materials available to ensure maximum safety, comfort, and style.

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