Work Gloves for Asbestos Risk Areas

Asbestos can be found in materials relating to the construction of a building, such as insulation, drywall, ceilings, floor tiles, cement, and more; and is recognised as a class 1 carcinogen – meaning that the substance is known to cause a cancer risk to humans.

The use of asbestos was made illegal in the UK in 1999, but the fibre remains present in hundreds-of-thousands of buildings in the UK today, with Asbestos-related illnesses causing 5000 worker deaths per year (more than the number of workers killed on the road).

“When materials that contain Asbestos are disturbed or damaged, fibres are released into the air. When these fibres are inhaled, they can cause serious diseases. These diseases will not affect you immediately; they often take a long time to develop, but once diagnosed, it is often too late to do anything. This is why it is important that you protect yourself now.”

As outlined above, the main risk associated with Asbestos is inhalation – workers are also at risk of ‘Asbestos Warts’. Asbestos Warts are small tissue growths caused by Asbestos fibres penetrating and impregnating the skin, through lack of PPE when handing Asbestos materials. These lumps can be removed through surgery and are not normally life-threatening, but the focus should really be driven toward prevention of such incidents occurring. For these reasons and due to the severity of the risk, it is also imperative you keep your hands, body, and face protected.

Where gloves are concerned, the goal is to create a barrier between yourself and the toxic fibre in hand.

There is no specific regulation or testing standard which relates to Asbestos removal, and so the choice is really up to the end-user and how they feel comfortable/what they feel comfortable working in. There are however HSE set guidelines which may assist you to make educated decisions where Asbestos and PPE/Work Gloves are related, such as using CAT III products, and Latex, Nitrile, or Neoprene Gloves.

We have 3 Asbestos Work Glove Solutions below, which would apply depending on user requirements:

The Gripsafe Red:

The Gripsafe Red is a 4.5MIL, 240mm long glove, made using specially formulated nitrile, offering superior strength and comfort stretch whilst maintaining maximum levels of dexterity. This CAT III glove features a beaded cuff, to prevent liquids/chemicals from dripping onto the wrist, preventing possible skin irritation and/or injuries. In addition to this, the Gripsafe Red features a patented ‘fish-scale grip’ on both the inner and outer, resulting in unrivalled traction grip. The grip is also present on the finger and thumb tips, subsequently giving great pinch grip and control. Furthermore, as the Gripsafe Red contains no powder, no latex, and no silicone, you have no risk of skin irritation or allergic reactions. In being AQL 1.5 – the Gripsafe Red is also suitable for use in medical/examination areas; as well as being completely touchscreen compatible and suitable for use with/around food and foodstuffs (i.e. containers). The Gripsafe Red covers a vast range of applications, which could include: Engineering, Automotive, Assembly, Food Processing, General Handling, Landscaping, Agriculture, Plant & Machinery, DIY, and Pharmaceutical (to list a few).

The Gripsafe Orange:

The Gripsafe Orange boasts all of the benefits of the Gripsafe Red, however, the Gripsafe Orange is both thicker (at 6.0MIL) and longer (at 285mm), resulting in higher chemical resistance. As with the Gripsafe Red, the Gripsafe Orange contains no powder, no latex, and no silicone, you have no risk of skin irritation or allergic reactions. In being AQL 1.5 – the Gripsafe Red is also suitable for use in medical/examination areas; as well as being completely touchscreen compatible and suitable for use with/around food and foodstuffs (i.e. containers). The Gripsafe Orange also covers a vast range of applications, which could include: Agriculture, Insulation, Automotive, Construction, Engineering, Plumbing, Veterinary, Assembly, Janitorial, and General Handling (to list a few).

The Gripsafe Green:

The Gripsafe Green boasts all of the benefits of the Gripsafe Red and Orange, however, the Gripsafe Green is again thicker (at 8.0MIL) and longer (at 300mm), again, resulting in a higher chemical resistance. As with the Gripsafe Red and Orange, the Gripsafe Green contains no powder, no latex, and no silicone, you have no risk of skin irritation or allergic reactions. In being AQL 1.5 – the Gripsafe Red is also suitable for use in medical/examination areas; as well as being completely touchscreen compatible and suitable for use with/around food and foodstuffs (i.e. containers). The Gripsafe Green also covers a vast range of applications, which could include: Utilities, Aircraft Maintenance, Fishing Industries, Catering Industry, Agriculture, Janitorial, Construction, General Handling, Landscaping, and Morticians (to list a few).

The Gripsafe Blue:

Being the most heavy-duty of all of the Gripsafe Range, the Gripsafe Blue follows a different fashion; manufactured as a chemical resistant gauntlet. The Gripsafe Blue is 15MIL thick, and 400mm long, offering great coverage of the forearm – this results in the Gripsafe Blue offering the highest level of chemical resistance the Gripsafe Range has to offer. The Gripsafe Blue features a raised-diamond grip offering great control when handling objects, and the user also benefits from the flock liner which adds comfort to this, already great product. As with the rest of the Gripsafe Range, the Gripsafe Blue contains no powder, no latex, and no silicone, you have no risk of skin irritation or allergic reactions. In being AQL 1.5 – the Gripsafe Red is also suitable for use in medical/examination areas; as well as being completely touchscreen compatible and suitable for use with/around food and foodstuffs (i.e. containers).
The Gripsafe Blue covers a vast range of applications, which could include: Chemical Handling, Car Detailing, Utilities, Fishing Industries, Food Processing, General Handling, Janitorial, Agriculture, Sewerage, and Landscaping (to list a few). The Gripsafe Blue is also certified against the ‘Abrasion’, ‘Cut’, and ‘Puncture’ elements of EN388.

Disposal of contaminated goods

Any gloves/materials which could have been in contamination with Asbestos must be correctly disposed of with asbestos Waste, so not to contaminate any other materials.