The Job at Hand – Selecting the Appropriate Glove

June 16, 2014 by  
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The use of proper hand protection at work is required if you are subject to cuts, burns, chemical, or radioactive
exposures.

When selecting gloves, assess the hazard and select ones that provide specialized protection. Gloves intended
for one function may not provide the adequate level of protection for another job function.
Important factors to consider when making your glove selection include:

• Size and comfort
• The type of chemical(s) being handled and type of contact (immersion, splash, etc.)
• Duration of the contact
• Abrasion requirements
• Grip/dexterity requirements
• Thermal protection
• Area requiring protection (hand only, forearm, arm)

Protective gloves come in the following types: fabric and coated fabric; leather, canvas or metal mesh; and
chemical and liquid-resistant.

Types of Fabric and Coated Fabric Gloves
Fabric gloves are made of cotton or other fabric, and offer protection against dirt and abrasions, but may not
be as effective with rough or sharp materials.

Coated fabric gloves contain a plastic coating on the un-napped side. Designed to be slip resistant, they can
provide protection against some moderate concentrated chemicals. Used in tasks ranging from handling bricks
and wire to chemical laboratory containers.

Types of Leather, Canvas, or Metal Mesh Gloves
Leather or canvas gloves offer protection against cuts and burns and guard against sustained heat. Leather
gloves also protect against sparks and rough objects.

Metal mesh gloves offer protection against cuts and are commonly used in
food processing industries.

Aluminized gloves, made of synthetic materials, are commonly used in
welding operations, and provide reflective and insulating protection against
heat and cold.

Types of Chemical and Liquid – Resistant Gloves
Some types of chemical resistant gloves include natural latex rubber and neoprene. They are made with
different kinds of rubber: natural, butyl, neoprene, nitrile and fluorocarbon, as well as various kinds of plastic.
The thicker the glove material, the greater the chemical resistance but the downside is that thick gloves may
impair grip and dexterity.

Always visually inspect your gloves prior to use to ensure they are not punctured, torn or compromised in any
way.

Discard the glove if it is found to be compromised. Gloves that are discolored or stiff may also indicate
deficiencies caused by excessive use or degradation from chemical exposure. Damaged gloves should be
discarded and replaced.

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