Hand pads and guards protect against cuts, abrasion, burns and injuries in general purpose industrial applications. They can be worn over thin gloves or bare hands. Hand pads and guards are made of lightweight, conformable materials that are extremely durable. Plastic polymer hand pads resist vibration and impact, while leather hand guards resist abrasive and hot items. Kevlar or Zetex can be combined with wool to provide a strong, cut-resistant hand pad worn to handle sharp or abrasive items.