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PPE Gloves: Types and uses

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The term “personal protective equipment,” or PPE, is term that is defined by OSHA as “any equipment worn to minimize exposure to hazards that cause serious workplace injuries and illnesses.”

The workplace presents potential hazards that could cause contamination and harm whether from cuts, burns, chemicals and biohazards as the case might be.

Different occupations and work situations present different risk potential and would require that the individual uses the necessary protective gear to prevent injury and infections.


The following is a list of gloves and their appropriate application, according to the National Safety Council:

Cotton and fabric gloves: Can also be referred to as Liners. They can be used to provide a base layer beneath a larger glove when working in colder climates. These gloves provide minimal protection against puncture hazards, jagged materials, open flames, or hot surfaces but they may provide enough of a barrier to prevent scrapes or abrasions, and they also help keep the worker’s hands clean.

Coated fabric gloves: This is a general purpose glove and provides higer protection against cuts, abrasions and chemicals. The different kinds of coating available for this glove include Latex, Nitrile, Polyurethane and PVC. The right coating for a task should be determined by a risk assessment for the desired application.

Rubber, plastic or synthetic gloves: These types of glove can be used when cleaning or working with biohazards, oils, solvents and other chemicals as they provide resistance to liquid and chemicals. These glove types are made from.materials namely; Natural (Latex) Rubber Gloves which are made of natural rubber latex and offer protection against abrasions and water solutions of salts, ketones, acids, and alkalis; Butyl Gloves made from synthetic rubber and offer protection against chemicals, oxidation, abrasion, and ozone corrosion; Neoprene Gloves – Made of synthetic rubber and provide protection against gasoline, alcohols, alkalis, organic acids, and hydraulic fluids; Nitrile Gloves – Made from a synthetic polymer composed of three monomers (acrylonitrile, butadiene, and a carboxylic acid) and offer protection against oils, acids, greases, alcohols, and chlorinated solvents

These gloves are widely used in laboratories and healthcare settings.

Leather gloves: These should be used when welding. Leather can resist sparks and moderate heat and reduces the risk of cuts and abrasions. Leather gloves can still offer protection even when exposed to moderate heat. It is advisable that leather gloves are used with a liner to prevent direct contact with the skin as drying out if the hands is possible if the skin is directly in contact with the raw leather.

Aluminized gloves: These gloves are recommended for welding, furnace and foundry work, as they provide reflective and insulating protection. They can provide heat protection in applications up to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

Kevlar gloves: Its basic material makes it a lightweight and durable glove that have a wide variety of industrial applications. They could be used as a lining to support a range of other glove styles such as leather gloves. They are cut- and abrasion-resistant and provide protection against both heat and cold.

Impact-Resistant and Vibration-Resistant Gloves: This glove type works by absorbing the energy from an impact and reducing vibration to the hands created from tasks that cause energy to be transferred to the hands such as fabrication work involving use of grinders and in the construction and automotive industries where tools like jackhammers and other pneumatic tools might be used for extended periods of time.

Puncture Resistant Gloves: They could be woven Kevlar gloves or scale like gloves whose structure deflects penetration from pointed objects like needles, shards, and other significant puncture risks.


In the light of the COVID pandemic, the need for healthcare workers' safety has heightened. Latex gloves provide adequate protection and reduces the risk of infection of healthcare workers who come in contact with biohazards.

We at Shaphargroup can supply you with quality latex gloves at record time. You can go through our catalogue today to place an order.

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