Your Guide to Key Glove Categories
Disposable, chemical-resistant, cut-resistant, and impact-resistant gloves are commonly used in a variety of work settings. Learn more about some of the basics of these gloves and things you should take into consideration before purchasing a certain type of glove within each respective category.
Disposable gloves offer limited chemical protection and are intended to be used as a simple barrier between the skin and the product, while allowing greater dexterity and sensitivity with the fingers. Disposable gloves are normally intended as a single-use glove.
|Disposable Glove Options|
|Latex rubber, nitrile, vinyl, synthetic, and polyethylene|
|Disposable Glove Selection Considerations|
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Chemical-resistant gloves help provide protection from a wide range of chemicals as well as from nuisance hand injuries (when supported gloves are used). Keep in mind that there is not one single glove that will provide maximum protection against all chemicals.
|Chemical-Resistant Glove Options|
|Latex rubber, nitrile, PVC (vinyl), neoprene, butyl, PVA, Viton, and Silvershield|
|Chemical-Resistant Glove Selection Considerations|
|Chemical-Resistant Glove Selection Process|
| 1. Determine the work application
2. Determine the exact chemicals involved (Ansell’s GUARDIAN® program is a proprietary service that can help you select the right PPE with regard to the type of chemical being handled; learn more about this program today)
3. If applicable, determine what kind of glove had previously been used
4. Choose supported or unsupported gloves
5. Determine the length of glove needed
6. Review the chemical guidelines for using/maintaining the glove
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Cut-resistant gloves provide varying degrees of cut and laceration protection to the wearer, primarily dependent on the type of material used and the thickness. Thinner style gloves can be used as a liner. The ANSI standard classifies glove cut resistance, ranking A1 through A9—A1 being the lowest indicator of cut resistance and A9 being the highest indicator. There also is an EN388 or European standard of cut resistance, ranking A through F, where A is the lowest indicator of cut resistance and F is the highest indicator.
|Cut-Resistant Glove Options|
|Kevlar®, Spectra/Dyneema, stainless steel strands, synthetic/composite fiber yarn (like UHMWPE or HPPE), fiberglass, metal mesh, and basalt (mineral-based fiber)|
|Cut-Resistant Glove Selection Considerations|
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New Back-of-Hand Impact Standard
The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) recently established testing, classification, and labeling requirements for products that offer dorsal impact protection.
Learn more about what you need to know about the new glove safety standard by visiting our informational webpage . While you’re there, be sure to download our FREE whitepaper about the standard.
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Conney provides a variety of PPE audit and repair services. Visit our Repair & Warranty Center page to learn more about how we can assist you with your glove and PPE needs.
If you have any questions or concerns about gloves or any other safety-related topic, our Safety Services Team is here to help. You can always reach them at 800-462-1947 or firstname.lastname@example.org.