Impact gloves are a type of personal protection equipment (PPE) designed to help prevent hand injuries in work environments with high risks of impact hazards.

What are impact gloves?


Impact gloves are a type of personal protection equipment (PPE) designed to help prevent hand injuries in work environments with high risks of impact hazards. Industries that are most susceptible to impact injuries include the oil and gas industry, mining, and manufacturing. Many workers are regularly exposed to impact injuries and based on findings by OHSA, 71% of hand injuries could be avoided if suitable PPE was used in the designated work environment. Therefore, workers must be protected with impact-resistant gloves for their daily tasks.


How do impact gloves work?

Ansell’s RINGERS® Impact gloves offer maximum safety when it comes to impact risks in the workplace.

These gloves are designed with a signature impact protection system that uses thermoplastic rubber (TPR) which is a key element that helps reduce the impact from hitting the bone. RINGERS® Impact gloves provide not only protection but also are made to maintain dexterity, flexibility, and comfort without compromising protection.

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What industries use impact gloves?

There are many jobs and tasks that Ansell's impact-resistant gloves are great for, a few of them include loading and hauling, operating heavy machinery, mixing or loading chemicals, hydraulic repair, and pumping work.

As mentioned earlier, impact gloves are most important when the risk of impact injuries is the highest. Common industries that are vulnerable to impact hazards are:

  • Oil and Gas
  • Construction
  • Mining
  • Manufacturing industries
  • Automotive
  • Chemical
  • Aerospace

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What are the standards of impact-resistant gloves?

In 2019, a new regulatory standard from American National Standard for Performance and Classification for Impact-Resistant Gloves (ANSI/ISEA 138-2019), stated "minimum performance, classification, and labeling requirements for hand protection products designed to protect the knuckles and fingers from impact forces, while performing occupational tasks.

This standard has three performance levels that offer numerical representation for the impact protection that each glove provides. Level one has the lowest rating for impact protection, and level three is the highest rating.

To learn more about the standard and testing for impact gloves, visit our impact protection home page.

How to choose the right impact gloves?

Naturally, Ansell's impact protection gloves can help reduce injuries from more than just impact hazards.

Ansell's impact-resistant gloves can also protect from hazards such as cut, vibration, and chemical protection. The multi-hazard protection solutions our gloves provide always give workers the confidence to complete their work, no matter the risks they encounter. Visit Ansell’s product selector tool below which provides industry and hazard-specific recommendations for your hand protection needs.

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