Puncture vs Needlestick Resistance: Why They're Not the Same
Thursday, 22 June 2017
Often, a glove that claims to be needlestick resistant may have a poor puncture resistance rating, causing confusion for our customers. How can a glove be expected to stop something as sharp as a hypodermic needle if it fails to hold its own against standard puncture hazards? Read on to find out.
The answer lies in the difference between the respective meanings of – and testing required for – puncture and needlestick resistance:
Bearing in mind this distinction, it's quite possible for a glove to be developed to be highly resistant to needlesticks while failing the EN 388 puncture-resistance testing.
In other words, it simply does not follow that every needlestick-resistant glove will be puncture resistant, and vice versa.
The most important thing is to select a safety glove that is appropriate for your exact requirements and risks. Here at Safety Gloves, we are proud to be able to supply needlestick-resistant gloves from some of the most trusted brands in the industry, so you can be sure that you are getting some of the best protection available.
If you need further help, our product experts are on hand on 020 7501 1104 (lines open from 9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday).