Historically tanker drivers would use red PVC gauntlets as the main protection against the hazards of handling hydrocarbons. As we all know the potential risks of consistently coming into contact with oil range from dermatitis to skin cancer so suitable hand protection is essential for tanker drivers. The traditional red PVC gauntlets provided adequate protection but only lasted a couple of days before cracks started to form in the thumb crotch and the PVC became stiff, particularly in cold weather. In addition, there is very little grip, due to the smooth surface of the PVC, and poor thermal protection.
Over the past 10 years Hazchem has seen a transition to the extensive use of green-double-dipped gauntlets in the oil distribution industry. The main advantages are greater longevity, typically more than double the life of the red type, and excellent grip in wet or oily conditions due to the granulated palm. The fleece lined version is extremely popular for winter use and the open cuff design makes the very quick to don and doff. Drivers develop little tricks to further improve the wearer experience like folding back the cuff to stop any product from running down the glove and then the sleeve! Large stockholdings of the gloves in our warehouses in Brackley and Aberdeen provide our customers with the assurance of continuity of supply for this essential item of PPE.
With the increase in the number of women drivers Hazchem introduced an additional smaller size so that there is now four sizes to choose from, in most popular 14” style, ranging from a trim size eight through to a roomy size 11. Two glove lengths, 14” and 11”, and the option of a smooth, summer lining or the fleece liner for winter use make the range suitable for all requirements. The introduction of more expensive composite gauntlets have not shifted the Haztec double-dipped gauntlet from being the fuel drivers glove of choice!