Glass Protective Clothing
From cars, house windows, furniture, phones and more, different types of glass are heavily relied on for day-to-day living by virtually everyone. Do you know what goes into the manufacturing and handling of such a highly relied upon resource?
The ways that glass is manufactured, treated, finished and handled presents risks for cuts, punctures and abrasions as well as thermal hazards in both the temperature of the glass that is being handled when it comes off machines as well as the environment of the plants. National Safety Apparel began manufacturing thermal PPE in 1935, which is important to glass plant workers against heat treated glass substances.
With the addition of the brand cutGUARD™, National Safety Apparel manufactures cut, abrasion and puncture protection that is ideal glass handling PPE. With unique needs for glass handling protective gear and the customization options available, contact our customer service team for additional information.
Cut, Puncture and Abrasion
Cut, puncture and abrasion risks are the most prevalent when it comes to handling glass. Whether it’s moving glass, taking it off of a machine, lifting to install or moving onto a rack, holding and carrying any type of manufactured glass presents cut, puncture and abrasion risks. If proper lifting techniques are not followed or an incident occurs where glass is dropped, falls over or is interfered with during moving, the last line of defense against these risks and the injuries they can cause is the right cut protection and glass handling protective clothing.
Safety when facing the potential for all three of these hazards is what National Safety Apparel calls Mechanical Protection. ANSI 105 measures protection for these hazards and you can find out more about ANSI 105 and Cut/Mechanical Protection in our blog. Each type of glass protective clothing you choose to wear may have different levels as defined by ANSI 105.
Full body coverage using glass protection clothing is important for every task that involves manufacturing glass. Glass handling gloves that have cut, puncture and abrasion protection that meet ANSI 105 standards are the most obvious form of glass PPE that plant workers should be provided.
Moving and handling large sheets of glass often takes two people and proper lifting techniques may require handlers to have the glass up to their chest and neck. Cut protective jackets and neck protection are an especially important part of glass handling protective clothing to have when moving and lifting glass like this.
One of the more common issues with glass handling PPE and cut protection is workers rolling up sleeves on cut protective clothing or rolling wrist guards like sleeves due to discomfort. It’s important for full body cut protection, including gloves, jackets, wristlets and aprons to fit correctly and be comfortable.
National Safety Apparel’s line of mechanical protection, cutGUARD™ offers comfortable cut protective solutions from jackets, gloves, sleeves, neck protection and more. New fabric blends such as our K5 offer breathability and protection against cut, puncture and abrasion for glass handling.
Glass is manufactured at hot temperatures and comes off of machines at temperatures that are dangerous to handle without gloves and other thermal protection. No matter what type of glass it is and how it’s manufactured or treated, from insulated, coated, laminated or floating glass, proper thermal protection is needed to handle or move to the next stage of the process.
National Safety Apparel’s terry gloves and Kevlar glove options offer both heat and cut protection that meets ANSI 105 standards, which allows for glass handling off of machines with the safety against thermal and cut hazards. From various heat, cut, abrasion and puncture levels, there are multiple glove options to fit the job at hand.
Low Visibility Hazards
Most plants and factories use forklifts and motorized equipment to lift heavy manufactured products, and glass plants are no different. Racks and tow motors may be used to move around the finished glass or move it to the next point of production. Areas of plants and factories also may have lighting issues that cause visibility hazards of workers.
While struck-by hazards aren’t as prevalent indoors, the use of motorized equipment to move heavy products means the visibility of workers is paramount to their safety when this equipment is in use. Naturally, workwear options that enhance worker visibility are a good solution to make sure this hazard doesn’t lead to injuries.
Glass plants and factory workers don't work near roadways, so they do not need to choose hi-vis workwear that meets ANSI 107 class standards, though those options are available and among the safest for worker visibility. Non-ANSI orange as well as fluorescent orange and yellow mesh vests are easy ways to enhance worker visibility and combat potential struck-by hazards with the use of motorized equipment in plants and factories.
While these hi-vis mesh vest options do work well to help make workers more visible, they don’t offer mechanical protection. Enhanced visibility trim options can be added to CUTGUARD jackets, so cut protection is still guaranteed while offering a better visibility option for workers in the glass plant and factory.