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Gloves

Written by Nicholas Kamuda
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More than almost any other piece of safety equipment, gloves play an important role in protecting workers from the hazards of the workplace. There are as many different kinds of gloves as there are hazardous chemicals, and knowing which glove suits what application can be difficult. There are a few sub-categories of work gloves, however, broken down into two main categories: exam gloves and industrial gloves.

Exam grade gloves are gloves that have undergone the most rigorous quality control methods. They are also designed for the utmost dexterity and sensitivity, making them suitable for many medical applications. In any high-risk situation that would expose you to bloodborne pathogens, exam grade gloves, made from nitrile, polyurethane, or high quality latex, are ideal.

Some industrial grade gloves are gloves that have been downgraded from exam status to "Grade B." Others were gloves that weren't produced for medical purposes in the first place. Many times, they will be labeled as disposable gloves, and are perfect for comparatively low-risk applications such as food service, automotive work, cleaning, and refinishing.

Other Heavy Duty Gloves

Some applications require stronger hand protection than latex and nitrile gloves can offer. When working with strong chemicals, especially aldehydes, only Butyl gloves can give you the protection that you need. For other strong chemicals (aliphatic or aromatic hydrocarbons), gloves made of Vitonâ offer good performance, lasting for well over 8 hours of continuous exposure.


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