What is rolling?

Some industrial activities require the handling of tools and machines with potential risks. This is the case, for example, with rolling which prepares metals for processing and use.

This is a delicate manufacturing process for operators, who must be equipped accordingly to protect themselves from potential work-related accidents. Here is everything you need to know about industrial rolling and its risks. 

What is the rolling process?

First of all, rolling is a manufacturing process by physical deformation used for the treatment of steel but also paper and pasta. The rolling process consists of compressing the steel between two counter-rotating rolls called rolling mills.

A rolling mill is an industrial machine designed to reduce the thickness of a material or to produce shaped bars. A rolling mill is used to
stimulate the mechanical properties of the material (tensile strength, stretchability, elongation) through two distinct operations: hot rolling and cold rolling.

It starts with hot rolling, which consists in shaping the steel into long products (rails, beams, concrete reinforcing bars, tubes, etc.) and then, if necessary, cold rolling is used to obtain thin sheets of metal. These sheets generally have high mechanical properties and a good surface finish.

What are the risks associated with rolling mills?

Rolling mill operations involve many occupational hazards:

  • Thermal risks: risks of burns and eye injuries due to exposure to heat and fire.
  • Chemical risksdue to additives and other lubricants (presence of solvents, oils and acids): risks of irritation of the skin and mucous membranes, but also risks of difficulties or even respiratory pathologies due to the presence of fumes, gases and metal dust.
  • Physical risksrisks of cuts and lacerations from shears, but also risks of being caught or trapped by rotating machinery.
  • Noise hazards: risk of damage to the hearing system due to ambient noise and noise intensity. Can affect the safety of the worker by causing a loss of attention.

To protect against the risks of rolling operations, all managers of high-risk sites are required to:

  1. Draw up a single document after analysing the risks;
  2. Equip each worker with the appropriate PPE for the position they occupy;
  3. Obligate each worker to undergo training on occupational risks and the handling of dangerous machines and tools;
  4. Systematically check the condition and operation of machines.

Our range of gloves dedicated to rolling

ROSTAING’s expertise lies in our teams’ ability to develop gloves adapted to all uses, even the most specific.

This is why we have taken care to develop a range of gloves that are ideal for rolling operations:

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HYDROPRO gloves are specially designed for handling sharp parts in wet and greasy environments thanks to the oil and water repellent properties of the leather on the palm. This makes them ideal for handling and assembling rolling mill rolls.

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This heat resistant glove (up to 350°C) has a para-aramid palm with silicone coating as well as a leather reinforcement and a para-aramid knitted lining. This is an ideal pair of gloves for cold rolling due to its maximum cut resistance and grip in oily environments.

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The ROLLHEAT model has been designed specifically for use by rolling mill operators.

Designed to guide greasy and sharp steel sheets safely through cold rolling operations (engaging, guiding, breaking and controlling rolling mills), these gloves offer great manoeuvrability and comfort.

To find out more about our protective glove ranges, see our 2022 catalogue

What is rolling?

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