Types of Gloves

Gloves, whether for household or industrial use, come in many different varieties — it differs in terms of the material used, thickness, lining, patterns and the cuff style. It is crucial to choose the correct glove for the right usage to ensure safety and increased productivity. Here are the features you should watch out for when choosing the right type of glove that fits your need:

Material Used

There are three types of materials used in the making of our gloves – natural latex, nitrile and neoprene – each with its own set of advantages as follows:

Raw MaterialAdvantages
Natural Latex
  • Elastic, Flexible and Comfortable
  • Highly-resistant to bending and tearing
  • Good grip
  • Suitable to be used with water-soluble compounds
Nitrile
  • Excellent protection from petroleum- and fat-based compound
  • High-resistance to fire
  • Does not easily puncture
  • Does not cause allergies
Neoprene
  • Highly resistant to chemicals
  • Elastic and comfortable to be worn
  • Does not cause allergies
  • Heat- and fire-resistant

Thickness

No doubt using a thick glove can protect your hands from harsh chemicals, however, it can be uncomfortable and affect your dexterity. Therefore, it is important to balance the safety aspect and the ability to work efficiently when choosing your glove.

Length

Gloves used in the industrial setting has to be comfortable, yet serve its purpose to protect the user’s hands. The ideal length of a glove is between 12 to 14 inches, however, for heavy-duty applications, longer gloves are more suitable.

Hand-Specific Gloves

Hand-specific gloves are gloves that are designed specifically to match the shape of the left and right hand.

Ambidextrous Gloves

Ambidextrous gloves which are usually made for thinner gloves can be worn on both right and left hand.

Gloves Sizing Guide

It is important for gloves to properly fit one’s hand as poorly-fit gloves can cause hand fatigue that can lead to a more serious workplace hazard.

Measure the width of your hand from the base of your first finger and across your knuckles.

Linings

Linings in a glove can provide comfort, safety and durability.

TypesProperties
Flocklined GlovesThe flocked lining in a glove provides extra comfort as it absorbs moisture and keeps the user’s hands dry and warm. The thickness also makes it puncture- and abrasion-resistant.
Unlined GlovesUnlined gloves are ideal to be used in industries that have strict hygiene standards such as the food industry.

Grip

The grip on a glove is very important to avoid hazards such as dropping of objects that can cause damage to the equipment or even injuring the user. Therefore, using the right glove with a suitable pattern has to be prioritised.

PatternsSample
Honeycomb
Diamond
Fish scale
Sand blast

Cuffing

Cuff DesignSample
Beaded
Straight
Scallop
Zig Zag