Glove Selection Guide


Selecting the proper glove begins by analyzing the glove use requirements or on-the-job conditions.  Glove materials and styles vary in resistance to industrial hazards and toxic substances.  Each material offers particular resistance to more than one hazard and could satisfy the protection needs of several applications.  These multipurpose gloves help minimize inventory costs.  However, no one glove will withstand all hazards, and the glove most suitable for a specific application should be selected.  Determine your glove use requirements and then select the glove or gloves with the properties and features that best suit your needs.

Application Factors:

Chemical Resistance:  Select the material which offers the level of protection required for the chemicals handled.  Check the manufacturer's chemical performance guide for specific chemicals and the glove material recommended.  Chemicals are the chief cause of industrial hand dermatitis and injuries.  Protecting worker's hands from the harmful effects of toxic, corrosive or other hazardous chemicals ranks high among reasons for supplying protective gloves.

Physical Conditions:  Determine the mechanical hazards to which the gloves will be subjected (abrasion, punctures, cuts, temperatures, etc.)

Product Protection:  Determine the glove strength, sensitivity, finish or level of cleanliness required.

Glove Features:

Basic Features:  Consider dexterity, comfort, length, size, finish, color, costs and employee satisfaction.

Length:  Select glove length according to depth of arm immersion in solutions or for arm protection from application contact.

Size:  Gloves too large are hard to work with, uncomfortable and can be hazardous.  Gloves too small are binding and cause hand fatigue.  A good fit can be as important to your safety as the right material.

Grip:  Proper textured finish can provide a better grip in wet or dry applications, making the glove more efficient for its purpose.  Standard grips include smooth, embossed, crinkle and rough.

How to Measure:

The length of a glove is determined by measuring from the tip of the longest finger lengthwise to the end of the glove.

To determine the proper glove size, use a tape measure to measure the circumference of your hand around the palm area and thumb crotch.  This measurement, in inches, is closest to your actual glove size.  Size XL = 10", L = 9", M = 8", S = 7"

Basic Glove Patterns:

General Application Guide

Cotton & Jersey:  Protects against dirt, chafing, heat and abrasion.

Cut-Resistant:  Made with stainless steel or synthetic fiber that gives protection against lacerations.

Disposable:  Light material handling and sanitary applications like food operations.

Kevlar Knit:  Additional heat and cut resistance for longer wear and more protection.

Leather:  Used for heavy-duty requirements.  Protects from rough objects, sparks and heat, and provides cushion from blows.

Medical Exam:  Hospitals, dentists, and any related medical applications.

String Knit:  Allows the most comfort with similar wear characteristics of woven cotton gloves.  Dotted Strings provide longer wear and more secure grip.

Terrycloth:  Protects against heat, cuts and abrasion.

PVC, Neoprene and Nitrile:  Offers the greatest protection from chemicals.

Rubber:  Provides chemical protection plus excellent resistance to cuts, snags and punctures.

Supported:  Protects against heavy-duty work requirements and provides chemical resistance.

Unsupported:  Greater sensitivity when working with chemicals in light or medium-duty situations.  Check chemical performance chart for more information.