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Selecting Safety Work Gloves

There isn't one universal glove that protects against hazards for each job. You should take a minute to identify which pair is right for you. Here are some important things to think about in safeguarding your essential tool: your hands.


Measure your hand circumference around the palm or at the base of the fingers. The number of inches will determine your size.

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Find a pair that feels as though you are not using gloves at all; disposable thin-gauge gloves made from natural rubber latex (NRL), neoprene, plastic or nitrile PVC provide the most dexterity and sensitivity.

Thin, disposable gloves permit dealing with little parts, lab work, patient contact, and food preparation. As thickness boosts, gloves become more resilient and use more protection, but dexterity declines.

Defense from Biological Contaminants

Use disposable gloves, such as medical-grade test gloves for dealing with bacterial and viral agents.

Protection against Chemicals

When handling oils and grease, Use disposable nitrile gloves. They likewise safeguard against dry chemicals and other lab chemicals. These kinds of gloves can be layered to provide extra protection.


Wear cotton or leather gloves, preferably with finish, when dealing with abrasive or heavy things. Gloves coated with NRL, PVC, polyurethane, neoprene, and nitrile outwear typical cotton and leather gloves by 10 to 20 times.

Gloves with finish use the least quantity of dexterity so select a pair with lighter weight finishing, flat-dipped or palm-coating gloves.

Cut Resistance

If you require to secure your hands versus sharp objects, pick gloves with a greater level of cut resistance (Level 0=< 200 grams to Level 5= 3,500 grams).

Dealing with Oily or Slippery Objects

Wear sponge or foam-coated gloves that enable you to have a solid grip on slippery items. Oil can penetrate these types of gloves, making the items simpler to hold.

Chemical Hazards

Use gloves covered in NRL, PVC, neoprene, or nitrile when managing janitorial or sanitation items, and fuels, grease, and oils. Use butyl or laminate gloves when managing ketones. When dealing with acids and caustic materials, wear neoprene.

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