A Guide To The Different Types Of Gloves

Disposable  Gloves       


Disposable Gloves are thin, generally 101 – 202 microns thick. This allow the user to retain good touch sensitivity and dexterity but they have poor chemical resistance. They are designed to protect against incidental rather than intentional contact with chemicals and should be changed after any splash. They are designed for single use only and should never be re-used.

Disposable gloves are not suitable for handling some aggressive or highly hazardous chemicals. They provide little useful protection against physical hazards as they may easily tear or puncture if snagged.


Cut Resistant Gloves


 Cut Resistant Gloves are intended for use with sharp objects such as knives and they provide little or no protection from puncture injuries. The use of these gloves requires a tradeoff between loss of dexterity and the probability of being cut by a sharp object.


Thermal Gloves


Thermal or Cold Protection Gloves protect workers that are exposed to the most extreme temperatures should always take precautions to stay safe. Dressing properly is extremely important to prevent cold or heat stress. The type of fabric worn also makes a difference. Cotton loses its insulation value when it becomes wet. Wool, silk, and most synthetics, on the other hand, retain their insulation even when wet. Just as important as having the proper body apparel, using the correct hand protection for any given environment, such as knit, cotton, insulated or water-resistant gloves, are just as crucial to mitigate the effects of cold or heat-related hazards.


Cotton Gloves


Poly/cotton Knit Gloves are low cost, comfortable, breathable and non-allergenic. They are ideal for light manufacturing and engineering, component handling, assembly work, fruit picking and packhouses.

Poly/cotton gloves can be used as an under glove to provide comfort, absorbency and warmth under other gloves, such as rubber chemical resistant gloves. They are also used as an over-glove for extra grip in some applications.


Welding Gloves


Heat Resistant Gloves Protects workers – such as those in manufacturing operations, foundries or catering kitchens – are exposed to thermal risks while undertaking their job. It may not be possible to simply remove these thermal hazards, and in such circumstances suitable personal protective equipment (PPE), which may include protective gloves (often made from leather), will need to be provided to the worker to protect him or her from injury.


Leather Gloves


Leather Gloves have many advantages are still recognised today; extremely durable; heat resistant, naturally insulating, yet breathable. Leather gloves are highly resistant to punctures, rips or tears during normal everyday work.


Chemical Resistant Gloves


Chemical-resistant Gloves are made of rubber polymers that withstand exposure to liquid chemicals such as acids, oils, and solvents. They are worn by workers who prepare or manufacture chemicals, apply coatings to raw materials, perform biomedical research, and work in oil and gas industries.


Coated Gloves


Coated Gloves - Polyvinyl Chloride, better known as PVC, is a durable and long-lasting thermoplastic made of chlorine and carbon which is commonly used for a wide range of applications. Its properties make it an ideal material for work gloves, as it is flexible whilst also offering a great grip and a good level of abrasion resistance.


Dipped Gloves


Dipped Gloves are industrial products that provide extra protection to the hands from cuts, heat, and abrasions. These gloves are made by dipping a knit-base glove into a desired mixture of coating.

Dipping can range from a partial dip to a full dip, depending on the function that the pair needs to perform. This also determines how many times the gloves should be dipped—once or multiple times. Some of the dips that have been popularly used in the past few years and are known to have given the maximum protection are polyurethane, nitrile, sandy nitrile, foam nitrile, or latex.