Work gloves are an essential part of PPE, but it’s important to select a glove that works for you. Take these factors into consideration:
Sizing & Fit
When selecting work gloves, you want to take fit and size into consideration. A good pair of work gloves will fit well, without impairing your ability to move your fingers or wrist.
Grip is something else that you’ll want to consider when looking for a suitable pair of safety gloves. You’ll want to make sure that you’re still able to complete every day asks, including using hand tools, grabbing supplies, etc.
Fabric is another important consideration when looking at work gloves, different fabrics are applicable for different tasks. Be sure to select a fabric that works with the job at hand.
Common fabrics include leather (cowhide, deerskin, pigskin, and synthetic, etc.), canvas, chore, jersey, acrylic, bamboo, Kevlar, and nylon, among many others.
Coating can also be an important factor in functionality. Safety gloves can be coated with latex, neoprene, and nitrile.
Depending what task you are completing, you’ll want a glove that can withstand certain factors, including fire-retardant and cut resistance.
When shopping for new work gloves, be sure to also take these factors into consideration:
- Protection against hot/cold temperatures
- Oil resistance