HexArmor Hercules R8E 3180 – The Ultimate Animal Handling Gloves

19 March 2015

If you work within the zoology or veterinary field let me introduce you to the ultimate animal handling safety gloves on the market. The HexArmor Hercules R8E 3180, also known as the Venom Defender Animal Handling Gloves have been recognised by the BIAZA, the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums as being ‘best practice’ for animal handling.

The Hercules R8E 3180 Gloves are suitable to protect handlers in a number of different circumstances and offer protection from a number of different types of creatures. Due to the gloves excellent needle resistant properties they can even protect against most venomous snakes, as the fangs are of a similar thickness to that of hypodermic needles. The gloves have been tested against the Black Mamba, King Cobra, Puff Adder and others. The gloves can also be used to handle a whole list of other animals, domestic and large zoo animals, some examples are listed below:

  • Snakes
  • Lizards
  • Small stingrays
  • Crocodilians
  • Snapping turtles
  • Small sharks
  • Seals and sea lions
  • Primates
  • Reptiles
  • Birds
  • Cats
  • Dogs
  • Rodents
  • Otters
  • Bats
  • Tiger & Cheetah cubs

The HexArmor Hercules RE 3180 are revolutionary safety gloves which allow the wearer to use tools and syringes for some of the most intricate applications and procedures such as micro chipping and vaccinating animals whilst also offering excellent protection from scratches, bites, cuts and venomous contamination. The gloves also feature thermal image reducing properties, which gives extra protection against creatures with heat-sensors.


As well as being tested to EN388 Mechanical Protection Standards the gloves have been put through other tests using 25 gauge hypodermic needles and a variety of reptiles, venomous snakes and other animals to test the protection on offer. Because of this rigorous testing, handlers are put at ease and feel secure in the knowledge they are protected from harm, therefore promoting a clam and stress free environment for the animals, promoting wellbeing.

EN388 Hazard

Resistance Rating

Abrasion Resistant

4 (Highly Resistant)

Cut Resistant

5 (Highly Resistant)

Tear Resistant

0 (Very Resistant)

Puncture Resistant

2 (Very Resistant)



The HexArmor Hercules R8E 3180 Needle Stick Resistant Gloves are made with three Layers of high performance SuperFabric branded material, which features a durable and flexible fabric reinforced with tiny armour plating technology, these gloves are engineered to provide the highest level of needle resistance and cut protection available on the market. Protection areas include palm, fingers, back of hand, in between fingers and fore arm. Other features include:

  • Highest level of cut and needle stick resistance
  • Silicon grip palm coating
  • Fore arm protection
  • A choice of sizes
  • Washable at 30 degrees
  • Gloves soften slightly after washing making them even more dexterous


Not Just For Animal Handling

The HexArmor Hercules R8E 3180 Needle Stick Resistant Gloves are not just fantastic animal handling gloves they are suitable for a number of other applications such as waste management, prisons, military, customs offices are more.

To find out more about the HexArmor Hercules R8E3180 Gloves visit SafetyGloves.co.uk for these and other needle proof gloves.