According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), approximately 102,350 private-sector hand injuries were reported in 2020. Hand injuries can range from minor cuts and bruises to more severe injuries such as fractures and amputations. So, workers must wear hand protection in hazardous environments. Wearing the proper protective equipment, such as impact-resistant gloves, can significantly reduce the risk of injury if a crush and pinch-point hazards are present.
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OSHA’s Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) standard (29 CFR 1910.132) requires employers to provide protective gloves when necessary to protect workers against hazards such as cuts, heat, punctures, abrasions, and even impact if that hazard is present on a job site. Impact-absorbing gloves are designed to absorb and dissipate impact energy, reducing the transmitted force and minimizing the risk of injury. They are ideal for workers in demanding environments who need protection and comfort.
We understand the importance of hand safety in the workplace, as we've been manufacturing work gloves for over 45 years. We design the best PPE for workers in hazardous environments by choosing the best technology and materials. However, knowing the difference between our options requires insight into what gloves are available, primarily if investing in the highest-rated impact protection is necessary. This article will dive into the materials that make up some of our most popular selling impact gloves and cover the numerous professions requiring such protection.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recognizes the importance of protecting workers from crush and pinch hazards in the workplace. According to OSHA, these hazards can result in severe injuries and occur when an individual is caught or compressed between two or more objects or parts of an object. This includes individuals caught or crushed in operating equipment, between other mashing objects, between a moving and stationary object, or between two or more moving objects.
OSHA has established guidelines for a successful safety and health management program, including management commitment and employee involvement, worksite analysis, hazard prevention and control, and safety and health training. In addition, OSHA’s Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) manual (3151-02R 2023) states that if a workplace hazard assessment reveals employees face potential injury to their hands and arms that isn't eliminated through engineering and work practice controls, employers must ensure that employees wear appropriate protection. Employers have a moral and legal responsibility to protect employees from workplace hazards.
OSHA’s guidelines and regulations help ensure that workers are provided with the necessary protection to minimize the risk of injury. Employers can create a safer and healthier work environment by following these guidelines and providing workers with the appropriate protective equipment, including impact-resistant gloves.
Safety Gloves with Highest Impact Protection
Our PD5931 gloves are among our highest-rated impact options designed to provide workers with the best protection possible. These gloves result from extensive research and development, and we have carefully selected the best technology and materials to ensure that our PPE provides the highest level of protection.
PD5931 is our high impact work glove option!
With its combination of premium quality materials and advanced technology, the PD5931 gloves are a top choice for those looking for the best hand protection.What sets the PD5931 apart from other gloves in MCR Safety’s product line is its achievement of the highest ANSI scores in both Abrasion and Impact. It also scores high in cut and puncture resistance, making it a unique, comprehensive hand protection option.
The TPR back provides ANSI 138 Level 3 impact protection, making it one of the most impact-resistant gloves on the market.
Simply put, the PD5931 is a one-of-a-kind impact glove!
The gloves feature a Sasquatch® leather palm, known for its softness and suppleness, and a black spandex back that offers full TPR back of hand and finger protection. In addition to its impact protection, the PD5931 gloves are also cut, abrasion, tear, and impact-resistant, thanks to the HyperMax® cut-resistant palm liner. The reinforced thumb, thumb crotch, and index finger offer superior durability, while the reflective material on both sides of the cuff provides additional high visibility.
D30 impact gloves
MCR Safety revolutionized the hand safety industry by being the first company to incorporate D3O® Technology into our mechanics' gloves. This cutting-edge Technology provides exceptional impact dissipation and shock absorption. The patented material is soft, flexible, and boasts maximum shock-absorbing properties, making it ideal for protecting against crush hazards. The material’s molecules flow freely in their raw form, allowing it to be soft and flexible, but upon impact, they lock together to dissipate impact energy and reduce transmitted force.
Whenever you see D3O® utilized in gloves, you know you're getting the highest impact protection and performance typically not found in traditional gloves.
To ensure the highest quality standards, D3O® Technology undergoes rigorous testing in several independent test laboratories, including SATRA Technology, National Physical Laboratory, INSPEC, and British Standards Institute. D3O®, the company, is also a gold member at SATRA Technology, demonstrating its commitment to providing effective and innovative products.
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Work Gloves with Impact Resistant knuckle pads
The MCR Safety ForceFlex® series now features three options for users: winter, cut and impact, or unlined. The FF2930 mechanics gloves are made with cutting-edge D3O® technology for unparalleled impact protection. This innovative glove features a combination of unmatched impact protection, advanced gripping capabilities, and unparalleled durability, making it the perfect choice for mechanics and workers in demanding environments. These work gloves with impact-resistant knuckle pads register ANSI level 2 impact performance, the second-highest ANSI impact score.
The FF2931 is our cut and impact-resistant ForceFlex® series glove. And the FF2932 is known as our winter pipeline impact gloves because of its 100-gram Thinsulate™ lining and a waterproof/windproof barrier. It's the perfect option for those working in an oil and gas setting and requiring an insulated impact glove.
Some of the other standout features of the FF2930 include the following:
- Unmatched impact protection with back-of-hand impact dissipation up to 54% better while being 57% thinner
- Impact dissipation on fingers up to 46% better while being 37% thinner
- MaxGrid™ pattern for advanced gripping in oil, wet, and dry environments
- Reinforced thumb crotch for added durability
- Two-way Spandex Back for flexibility and range of motion
- Slip-on cuff with gusset, pull tab, and ID panel for personalization
The ForceFlex® series is ideal for workers in demanding environments who require advanced impact protection, gripping capabilities, and durability. Some of the workers who would love wearing these gloves include:
- Mechanics: who work with machinery and tools would love the MaxGrid™ pattern, which provides advanced gripping in oil, wet, and dry environments. The reinforced thumb crotch and two-way Spandex Back provide added durability and flexibility, making the gloves perfect for mechanics reaching into tight areas.
- Construction workers:often handle heavy equipment and materials, which can injure the back of hands. Gloves made with D30 protect workers from the daily toll hands take when lifting and moving construction materials. Construction work gloves with impact resistant knuckle pads are the surest way to guard against injuries that may occur on the back of ones' hands.
- Factory workers: who require a secure grip while handling machinery and tools would appreciate the MaxGrid™ pattern. The D3O® technology also protects against impact, making the gloves ideal for workers in fast-paced and potentially hazardous environments.
- Automotive technicians: who require a secure grip while working on cars and other vehicles would benefit from the MaxGrid™ pattern.
Rubber Impact loves
TPR material boasts impressive shock-absorbing properties and superior elasticity, making it a top hand-protection choice. MCR Safety is renowned for using TPR rubber technology in its gloves, offering reliable and versatile protection against impact and crush hazards. TPR, or thermoplastic rubber, was a game-changer in the hand safety industry and continues to be a staple material used in MCR Safety gloves. Its simplicity, durability, and flexibility make it ideal for back-of-hand protection. With a history of innovation in the field, MCR Safety has won numerous awards for using TPR in its impact-resistant gloves.
Workers who would benefit from wearing gloves made with TPR material include:
Warehouse workers: Warehouse workers who handle heavy boxes and equipment would benefit from the impressive shock-absorbing properties of TPR material.
Maintenance workers: who work with machinery and equipment would benefit from the TPR material’s ability to absorb shock, providing added protection against impact and crush hazards.
Bump protection styles are known as general-purpose safety impact gloves.
Over the years, MCR Safety has refined its manufacturing process, transitioning to sonic welding to adhere the TPR to the gloves for maximum comfort. This method avoids stitching, which can irritate, ensuring that MCR Safety gloves provide the highest level of comfort and protection. Check out our TPR timeline for more information about this versatile material.
TPR Impact Waterproof Chemical Gloves
If you are under the impression TPR options were cheap impact gloves, think again. The Ninja® Alchemy Work Gloves are designed to provide chemical and water protection for workers needing to handle hazardous materials. These gloves feature a 15-gauge nylon shell that is fully double-coated with PVC, making them durable and waterproof. Additionally, the gloves come with TPR back-of-hand impact protection, which provides ANSI Level 2 Impact Protection. The 14-inch gauntlet cuff is also PVC double-coated, providing extra protection against water and chemicals. The gloves have a sandy finish for a secure grip, and the soft, spongy TPR on the back of the hand provides added comfort and shock absorption. To ensure maximum freshness and hygiene, the gloves feature Actifresh®. Whether you’re working in the oil and gas field or the laboratory, the Ninja® Alchemy Work Gloves are the perfect solution for workers who need protection from hazardous materials.
Our Ninja™️ N2685HVO is made with premium PVC to ensure it holds up in the harshest Oil & Gas applications.
A customer recently emailed us: "One month and 25 days of use and still working, an excellent glove! It looks like those premium features are true to form." These gloves are advantageous for anyone exposed to liquids and chemicals; just visit our permeation database for specific chemicals this glove has been tested for before using.
Leather Palm Impact Gloves
MCR Safety is known for making some of the toughest leather gloves on the market. Now that impact protection has become more readily available, we are also known for providing outstanding TPR back-of-hand protection. Impact gloves that feature leather material offer durability, comfort, and protection. Leather is a strong, long-lasting material that can withstand harsh working conditions and protect against impacts, cuts, and abrasions. In addition, leather is resistant to water and chemicals, making it a good choice for workers who need to handle abrasive materials all day.
Unlined leather impact gloves are flexible and conform to the wearer’s hand, providing a comfortable fit. Full pad palms are also a plus, which the PD2910 provides!.
For those needing more abrasive protection, our Big Jake® gloves are designed for heavy-duty and rugged environments, making them the ultimate leather hand protection. These gloves are constructed of heavy select premium A+ side split cow leather and sewn with DuPont™ Kevlar® for added strength and durability. The full leather back and 4.5-inch rubberized safety cuff with a hook and loop closure provide an extra layer of protection, while the TPR back of hand protection provides ANSI level 2 impact protection. The absorbent fleece palm lining provides added comfort, and the hook and loop closure on the palm side of the cuff ensures a secure fit. With its heat-resistant DuPont™ Kevlar® thread, the Big Jake® gloves are built to last and withstand even the most demanding jobs.
Heavy-duty impact leather gloves
Since the '80s, when someone hears the words Big Jake®️, only heavy-duty leather work gloves come to mind. With Impact Level 2 TPR protection, our 1760 Big Jake®️ gloves just got a little tougher. Check out that hook and loop strap too! Instead of heavy-duty, Ultimate Leather Protections sounds better!
FR Flame Resistant Cut Level Rig Glove
The Mustang Utility MU3634K leather drivers work gloves are the perfect choice for workers who require FR Flame Resistant impact protection and test with an Arc rating of 61.4 cal/cm2. These gloves, often worn on oil and gas rigs, feature a grain goat double palm lined with DuPont™ Kevlar® to ensure outstanding cut protection. The ANSI Impact Level 1 rubber material protects the back of the hand, fingers, and thumb, offering maximum protection from potential hazards.
The premium brown goatskin leather provides a comfortable fit, and the shirred elastic around the entire wrist ensures a secure fit. The gloves are sewn with DuPont™ Kevlar® thread, ensuring they can withstand the harshest conditions. The wing-style thumb provides added mobility and comfort, making these gloves the perfect choice for workers needing protection and comfort.
Product Testing Center
The MCR Safety product development team has a wealth of experience designing and testing gloves, ensuring we provide the best protection against hazardous workplace conditions. Our cutting-edge materials and development process set us apart from the competition. With our own ISO 17025 accredited lab, the only one of its kind in North America, we can test for various levels of protection, including cut, abrasion, puncture, and conductive heat resistance. The lab allows us to thoroughly evaluate materials and designs, such as the new PD5931 and FF2930 with D3O® Technology, to ensure all component materials of an impact glove offer the highest quality PPE with maximum comfort and safety.
MCR Safety Product Testing Center
We offer no-cost testing for those interested in knowing the current PPE quality level or those considering new products. Contact us today to schedule your lab testing. In addition to lab testing, we highly recommend that any employer looking for proper PPE should register for The MCR Safety 360° Protection Program and schedule a thorough assessment of their safety gear needs.
Impact Absorbing Gloves Made to Protect
Our team at MCR Safety is dedicated to addressing the specific element of hazard prevention, including back-of-hand hazards users face daily. We accomplish this by developing the most durable, dynamic, and high-performance PPE a worker can wear, testing it for ANSI performance, and conducting onsite field visits to ensure the glove selected is the best choice for the applications performed.
MCR Safety offers a wide assortment of impact gloves and materials to meet the needs of any worker in various industries. Whether you need gloves for heavy-duty work, chemical and water protection, or simply some TPR added for comfort and protection, MCR Safety has a product to fit your needs. So whether you’re working in construction, manufacturing, or any other demanding industry, we've got you covered. Beyond what is covered below, check out our Work Glove Impact Protection page covering all back-of-hand protection hazards a worker might face.
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