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mechman4830/05/2020 12:05:54
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Thoroughly concur with SOD. I take off my wedding ring, never wear ties in the man cave, watch off, have my warehouse coat sleeves rolled up as far as possible with cuffs out of the way but with the warm weather lately not even wearing that only shorts or T shirt & jeans at the moment. I use barrier cream ( Mach. Mart own brand, usual disclaimer ) & only use nitrile/latex gloves when machining cast iron or cleaning down & last but not least trainers with steel toe caps.

George.

oilcan30/05/2020 12:34:55
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I've always worn nitrile gloves when in the 'cave.' For no other reason than the pleasure of taking them off last thing and having a clean pair of hands. No more getting shouted at for leaving oily fingerprints on the door handle when I re-enter the house. Occasionally on the milling machine, I will double glove with a pair of those tight fitting rubber faced gloves. Stops any swarf penetrating, and it doesn't matter if they get oily because of the nitrile gloves. The nitrile gloves really are that thin they will tear very easily. For polishing with emery on the lathe, I have a selection of different cross sections of dowel with various grades of wet and dry glued to them, and use them as you would a file on the lathe. Being left handed, their use is quite natural.

since I've run out of gloves, and haven't replaced them yet, I can't help notice just how much of a dirt magnet my hands are!

JA30/05/2020 12:48:30
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The only glove I use is a welder's glove on my left hand, either when I am silver soldering or holding something being "Dremmeled". Usually it is right handed because I cannot find the left hand glove.

JA

Rex Hanman30/05/2020 12:57:35
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Having witnessed a gloved hand get caught in a lathe I cringe at the thought of gloves anywhere near machine tools. It was an horrendous sight...arm broken in 4 places and dislocated wrist. Do it at your peril.

jimmy b30/05/2020 13:01:17
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I wear nitrile gloves all the time. I developed very bad dermatitis, 25 years ago, that took over six months to clear up.

Work assessed the gloves as ok.

Jim

Dr_GMJN30/05/2020 13:15:29
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Are there any nitrile type gloves that don’t stick to polished surfaces? Perhaps something with a slight texture to them, or even thin fabric pads on the contact points?

I build plastic and paper scale models too, and oil contaminated fingers are a disaster. Even after Swarfega, detergent and a nail brush I can still feel it.

Lee Rogers30/05/2020 13:28:07
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Nitrile gloves all the time . My day job is freelance chef, I can't turn up with iron staining on my fingers.

larry phelan 130/05/2020 14:43:43
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Oh You are awful ! I hate you- I hate you- I HATE YOUUUU !

AdrianR30/05/2020 17:16:40
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It is possible to get gloves designed for working with lathes etc. **LINK**

If you don't want to wear gloves but want to keep fingerprints off your work, there are finger gloves.

+1 for barrier cream I have a tub of Rozalex next to the workshop door, turn the alarm off and put it on. By the time i remember what I was doing it is dry.

Adrian

Dr_GMJN30/05/2020 22:49:13
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Posted by AdrianR on 30/05/2020 17:16:40:

It is possible to get gloves designed for working with lathes etc. **LINK**

If you don't want to wear gloves but want to keep fingerprints off your work, there are finger gloves.

+1 for barrier cream I have a tub of Rozalex next to the workshop door, turn the alarm off and put it on. By the time i remember what I was doing it is dry.

Adrian

Thanks - ordered a couple of pairs of those. Worth a try.

John Reese30/05/2020 23:00:57
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I usually work bare handed. I learned the hard way about gloves and machinery. My left hand is mangled due to wearing gloves when using a table saw.

Plasma31/05/2020 07:25:47
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I use gloves in a bottle too, very good barrier cream.

I would never wear gloves when machining, mainly from the safety angle but also due to the loss of "feel" they cause.

I do pop on a pair of those knitted gloves with dipped palms for cleaning down though. Saves the swarf injuries you complain about.

I saw a distressing video on you tube of a bored young man getting dragged into a lathe while spinning a long bar in the chuck using Emery tape to clean it. Pulled him into the gap between the bar and bed. Did not look very healthy at all. Looked like a sweat shop somewhere with no safety concerns.

Eye protection is paramount though. I've spent too long in A&E waiting to have moits fished out when a stray spark has managed to get behind my wrap round specs. Goggles for grinding every time!

By the way last time I got a piece of metal in my eye I went to my optician. There is some kind of agreement in place to take pressure off hospitals for minor eye injuries. They cant remove objects but can assess the situation and if you need hospital then you go with a letter that cuts the waiting time a bit.

Mick

Harry Wilkes31/05/2020 08:41:21
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Posted by mechman48 on 30/05/2020 12:05:54:

Thoroughly concur with SOD. I take off my wedding ring, never wear ties in the man cave, watch off, have my warehouse coat sleeves rolled up as far as possible with cuffs out of the way but with the warm weather lately not even wearing that only shorts or T shirt & jeans at the moment. I use barrier cream ( Mach. Mart own brand, usual disclaimer ) & only use nitrile/latex gloves when machining cast iron or cleaning down & last but not least trainers with steel toe caps.

George.

never wear ties myself and other group engineering managers were the only members of staff permitted not to wear a tie, however if we were to visit a supplier etc we had to wear one then

H

 

Edited By Harry Wilkes on 31/05/2020 08:42:09

Mike Poole31/05/2020 08:48:50
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It is nearly 48years since the induction week of my apprenticeship, two images have stuck with me, one of a finger with tendons ripped out of the forearm laid on a drilling machine table and a scrotum with dermatitis from keeping an oily wiper in your pocket. The finger was ripped off because the operator was wearing gloves and got caught by the rotating drill which wrapped ever tighter once caught. We all had to wear a snood in the machine shop as our long hair was an invitation to be scalped if you caught it in a machine.

Mike

Mike Poole31/05/2020 08:59:47
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Google degloved finger Images if you want to be put off gloves and rings.

Mike

John MC31/05/2020 09:34:24
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I suffered from dermatitis, according to my GP a cummalitive thing after many years of being exposed to oily things. I tried barrier creams, didn't work so now use talc free latex gloves. I wear them for all oily work and that includes machine tool operation.

Being concerned about the safety of this I consulted the HS guy at where I worked. He said it was fine and several of the craftsmen in the workshop there did the same, but first they need assurance it was safe to do so.

While I agree that wearing the wrong type of glove when, say, turning is dangerous, as rings, ties and long hair are, the appropriate PPE is fine.

The bonus to using latex gloves is that my hands don't have that tell tale ground in dirt look about them. Also, I no longer need to use aggressive hand cleaners, these can cause skin problems that may have been the cause of my problems with dermatitis.

John

Mike Poole31/05/2020 10:48:53
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Thin nitrile or latex gloves are unlikely to pose a danger on a machine and for skin protection for anyone with a problem or sensitivity they must be a godsend. It is worth using plastic or metal screens on mag bases to keep swarf away from yourself and the machine controls. Gloves for the clean down when the machine is off are useful protection for the hands but in this case something more substantial than latex is required. Personally I never ever wear gloves but I am blessed with robust skin and having lost interest in fixing cars my hands don’t get too dirty in the workshop, Fairy liquid is my hand cleaner of choice and keeps my hands so soft.smiley

Mike

Howard Lewis31/05/2020 11:36:03
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Like Mike Poole, I saw a picture of the result of slipping down a ladder while wearing a ring. Have never worn a Ring!

Very rarely wear gloves when using machinery, and keep WELL away if I do.

Consequently am well practiced at removing metal splinters from fingers after using the mill.

Barrier cream is good protection, but does grip handles, so being idle does not get used a lot.

Swarfega Orange is my handcleaner of choice, sometimes backed up with a nailbrush.

Howard.

Samsaranda31/05/2020 11:56:04
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Witnessed a ring injury to a finger, was when I was in the Air Force, we had mobile hydraulically operated access platforms, generically known as “safety raisers”, we were working at some height on the wing of a Brittania aircraft, the environment was very oily and slippery. One of my team was descending the ladder on the safety raiser when his shoes slipped off the metal rungs due to the oil and his ring on his finger got caught at the top of the ladder, this meant that for a moment in time his whole weight was pulling his finger through his ring. When we got him down the whole of the flesh on his ring finger was neatly rolled up to where his fingernail was, needless to say he was in agony with a very traumatic injury, the medics repaired it by rolling the flesh back into place and stitching it up. Up until that time I used to permanently wear a signet ring, thar day it came off and never went back on again, I used to then wear it on a chain round my neck. In respect of wearing gloves around machinery, the only gloves I wear are welding gloves when welding Or nitrile gloves when using cleaning solvents, when you have seen and dealt with a work related traumatic injury it stays with you always.
Dave W

colin hawes31/05/2020 17:29:21
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If a machine catches even a thin glove it can drag your hand in long before the glove has had enough time to tear even if it is rotating at only 100 rpm. Don't do it ! .It is easier to clean your hand than to replace it. Colin

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