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Choosing the Right Gloves

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Safety is continuing to be a growing area of concern for businesses, schools, healthcare facilities, manufacturing 

facilities, and other public organizations. Did you know that hand injuries account for approximately 1,000,000 annually.

70% of the workers who experienced hand injuries were not wearing gloves. There are several types of gloves.

Disposable/Single Use

  • Reliable and economical protection
  • Uses: Small part handling, food handling, medical & lab use, manufacturing
  • Material: Latex, Nitrile, Vinyl, PVC
  • Nitrile and vinyl are great alternatives for those with latex allergies
  • Ideal for tasks when greater dexterity is needed


  • Provides durability, dexterity and comfort
  • Uses: general and medium-duty tasks
  • Drivers gloves (shown right) are a popular type of leather glove
  • Palms with PVC dots, natural or synthetic hide provide greater grip when needed
  • Lined leather gloves provide added warmth in cold environments

Knit, Cotton or Canvas

  • Fibers are knitted together in glove pattern
  • Uses: light-duty tasks
  • Allows hands to breathe and reduce perspiration
  • Provides protection and dexterity
  • Can be used as a liner for extra protection
  • PVC dots also provide extra grip

Chemical Resistant

  • Protects hands against a wide variety of chemicals
  • Uses: general cleaning, chemical processing
  • Materials: PVC, Rubber, Neoprene, Nitrile, Rubber
  • Delivers a varying degree of cut protection and enhanced grip

Coated or Dipped

  • Glove is dipped in a polymer coating for added protection
  • Uses: chemical handling, cleaning, oil refining, food processing
  • Coatings protect against solvents and chemicals, abrasions, punctures and cuts

Cut Resistant

  • Protects hands from sharp edges such as blades, glass, metal, ceramics, etc.
  • Uses: medium to heavy-duty tasks
  • Materials can vary, such as Kevlar,Spectra or composite yarns
  • Not effective in protecting against punctures or power equipment

High Dexterity

  • Extra padding offers more protection
  • Uses: tasks that require superior protection but with dexterity, grip and working with small parts
  • Eliminates fumbling with small objects

Questions to consider when buying gloves

  1. In which task or application will you be wearing gloves for protection?
  2. What types of gloves do you use? Why?
  3. What types of hand injuries happen in your work area?
  4. What do you like or dislike about your gloves?
  5. If you can change one thing about your gloves, what would it be?
  6. What are the costs of the gloves you have purchased recently?


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