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Mechanics’ Dirty Hands

Mechanics’ Dirty Hands


Alright we’ve got the wheels off and I just
wanted to show you that this grime on my hands is just road dust from the tires so it’s
not really a big deal . I wanted to point out that in my grandfathers’
day it was normal for men to just roll up their sleeves and be black up to the elbows
and not really give much concern to the grease and the grime that they were getting on their
hands. And just some guys wouldn’t even wash properly when they had their lunch and
they’d get it on their sandwiches and wonder why they got stomach aches later.
Fact is we now know that it’s carcinogenic, that brake dust has asbestos in it and is
carcinogenic and also any burnt hydrocarbons are carcinogenic and you’ll find that in
used motor oils… exhaust. Anyways, so nowadays we use nitrile gloves.
They provide a barrier between you and all those horrible carcinogenics and mutogenics
that you deal with everyday. OK now I know what you’re thinking, alright.
They’re uncomfortable, they cut down on your manual dexterity for sure. They make
you less sensitive. When it’s warm out they make your hands
sweat and the sweat pools up inside – they fill with sweat and when you reach over your
head the sweat runs down your arm or worse into your face or something. Yeah, they’re
kind of [Laughs] they’re a drag to wear for sure. Trust me, I know.
But at the end of the day when you see all the stuff that you didn’t come in contact
with, that isn’t on your hands, that isn’t being absorbed into your blood system through
the skin on your hands – yeah, look at the difference – then you start to think that
well, maybe it’s worth it. On the bright side you know you can wear them
under a suede palm glove out in the cold and even when the suede palm glove gets soaking
wet your hand will still be nice and dry inside. You know, I’ve honestly gotten up to three
and four days out of a pair of gloves and I’ve gotten only three or four minutes out
of a pair of gloves by the same brand out of the same box. So you just don’t know
what you’re going to get but if you want to reuse them, you know if you’re just going
on a short break or something and you want to reuse them you can turn them back right
side ways , blow them out like that and they’re ready to slip back on for reuse. So you can
get extra life out of a pair and really get your money’s worth and you know do the environment
a favour too by not just throwing them away needlessly.
At the end of the day it’s really impressive to see how much stuff – and this is of course
just from a few minutes of fiddling around under the hood – how much horrible, nasty
stuff you’ve avoided coming in contact with and avoided absorbing through your skin and
through the tender skin in around your fingernails. You generally get them for anywhere between
say twelve and eighteen dollars Canadian. So you buy them in a box of a hundred, that’s
fifty pairs. I pay about you know, twelve, thirteen dollars so call it twelve fifty times
fifty pairs that’s twenty five cents a pair. Now, you invest all kinds of money into going
to work. You’re buying tools. You have to pay for gas to get to work or the bus perhaps.
You’ve got to buy your lunch of bring one along. You have to buy appropriate foot-wear,
you have to invest in training, in books and tools. So there are all these investments
you’ve got to make in going to work anyway. It’s not much money.
If you’ll buy gloves to keep your hands warm at work why not buy gloves to keep your
hands clean at work? Think about how beneficial this could be to your health down the road
through prevention of problems like skin cancer by avoiding absorbing all these carcinogens
into your skin through your cuticles, under your nails. This is a very, very small investment
in something that can have a profound effect on your health down the road through prevention.
Well, son of a gun. I thought it came in a box of a hundred but here it says in the corner
“box of ninety”. So they’re a little bit more expensive, say they’re thirty cents
for a pair, But it’s still a good bargain.

Comments (10)

  1. I am a mechanic for a long time and you are soooo right, exposure to some nasty stuff, Guys wear gloves!!! Bodyman even worse off filtration systems almost never get serviced properly.
    Think about these things, applies to other Trades/Careers, Firemen, and i am sure we are not warned properly. Dont think Government going to tell us the Truth.Listen to your instincts.

  2. Hand and arm protection from MechanicsArmor is so much smarter and healthier.
    No sweat, full dexterity, no discomfort, no landfill disposal, no carcinogens on face or mouth.
    Cost less than 10 cents per app.

    Wow, listen to what this guy says! Gloves are uncomfortable, cut down on your dexterity, fill with sweat that runs down arms and onto face with the carcinogens you are try to avoid!
    Blow them up to reuse–and get the carcinogens in your mouth!
    Drop in landfills and cost 30 cents a pair!

  3. Good job. Thirty cents a pair or $2 of the wifes dish soap and no dinner because her sink wont come clean.

  4. Steve's #StockingStuffers idea #4 – show 'em you care with a box of Nitrile Gloves – available at my Amazon aStore! 
    (http://www.repairs101.ca/Repairs101_Amazon_aStore.htm )
    http://youtu.be/aNEw-cXE9Hk

  5. Pisses me off because my boyfriends a mechanic and I am one in training, difference is I like to wear gloves and have clean hands..he bitches about it. Now he has a hand infection!!!! It's so important to wear gloves! One of my instructors even regrets it, his hands are infected too. Can't even work now!

  6. I've tried many brand's and they don't last long at all as they are easily torn.

  7. I just found Tub'o Towels. those are a magic for greasy hands.

  8. Yes I wear gloves, but you know you can wear wrist band to keep the sweat from coming down like you mentioned.

  9. what do you use to clean your goatee after you put the dirty glove to your face to blow it out for reuse? HA!

  10. I just did some research on brakes recently. Not asbestos anymore. Hope that's a little comfort for ya. Not that it's good to breath that dust still I'm sure.

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