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 the 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 2 Asbestos Work Glove Solutions below, which would apply depending on user requirements:
The Ideall® Grip gloves are 7.0mil, 240mm long gloves available in orange and black. Thee Ideall® Grip are made using specially formulated nitrile, offering superior strength and comfort stretch whilst maintaining maximum levels of dexterity. These CAT III gloves feature a beaded cuff to prevent liquids/chemicals from dripping onto the wrist, preventing possible skin irritation and/or injuries.
In addition to this, the GIdeall® Grip feature a raised diamond grip on both the inner and outer, resulting in unrivalled traction grip. Furthermore, these Multi-Use Disposables contain no powder, no latex, and no silicone – resulting in a reduced risk of skin irritation or allergic reactions.
In being AQL 1.5 – the Ideall® Grip Gloves are 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 Ideall® Grip Gloves cover a vast range of applications, which could include: Agriculture, Plumbing, Insulation, Veterinary, Automotive, Assembly, Construction, Janitorial, Engineering, and General Handling (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 Blue 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.