Best Work Gloves for your Project

We should wear gloves when working with hazardous chemicals and risky materials because they give protection against infections, contamination, and hazards including:

  • Abrasions
  • Punctures
  • Burns
  • Heat
  • Acid spillage
  • Cuts and wounds

Work Glove Classifications

The American national standards institute (ANSI) classifications help us to choose the right gloves for a task. The extent to which gloves provide protection depends on their manufacturing information. Use this information to make sure you buy the right gloves.

Work Gloves

Work gloves are worn to protect hands from potential mechanical hazards such as punctures, abrasions, cuts, and flame. They are further specialized for performing a certain task. These include multipurpose work gloves, construction gloves, general utility gloves, mechanics gloves (automotive work), leather welding gloves, insulated work gloves ( to keep warm during winters), leather working gloves, and rubber or latex gloves.


Leather work gloves often protect hands during construction, working with lumber, masonry, and welding.  They endure abrasions, heat and acts as shock absorbers, and are puncture-resistant.  Leather is an easily available material with unique qualities suitable for multiple tasks. Synthetic leather is lighter than natural and dries quickly.

Specialized leather gloves provide robustness and heat dissipation. Untreated Leather can withstand high temperatures up to 430F and 600F when tanned with chrome that makes it suitable for tasks involving heat exposure. Gauntlet-style cuffs protect wrists from metal fragments and sparks.

Top grain leather: When it comes to comfort and dexterity it is best as its texture is smooth and soft.

Split leather: It is more economical and denser than grain leather and more resistant to abrasion and water.

Some fabric gloves can have leather reinforced on high wear areas like palm, fingers, and fingertips. This makes it more flexible and allows hands to breath.


Rubber or latex gloves provide waterproofing and endurance against abrasions and vibrations. They have a coating or shell covering fingertips and palm offering a good grip, breathability, flexibility and fits tightly to the hand to improve sensitivity and dexterity.

They’re more resistant to punctures than vinyl and neoprene, but punctures can be difficult to see.  Latex is not effective against all chemicals, and it tends to degrade due to contact with turpentine or petroleum-based products such as gasoline, kerosene, acetone, and mineral spirits. Some people are allergic to natural latex, so this type of glove is not suitable for everyone.


Nitrile gloves are an alternative for those with latex allergies because it is made from synthetic rubber. Usually, nitrile is resistant to more chemicals than latex but isn’t effective against all, such as solvents that are nonpetroleum-based.

Nitrile gloves have better resistance to abrasions and punctures than latex, and punctures are easier to spot. These gloves offer very good dexterity, but they may not fit as tightly as latex and don’t have the same level of dexterity and sense of touch.


Cleaning gloves should provide more grip to hold wet objects easily. Preferably, it should have raised texture to channel more liquid away. Additionally, long cuffs of cleaning gloves keep forearms dry to avoid chapping.

Powder and powder-free cleaning gloves: Some gloves have a powder lining to absorb moisture making it easier to wear gloves. Powder-free gloves should be used while painting, polishing, and sealing as they can mar the finishing. They are also an alternative for powder allergic people.

Reusable cleaning gloves: These are more durable, thicker, and comfortable due to flocked lining but they provide less dexterity and touch sensitivity. They require more care and maintenance.

Disposable cleaning gloves: They provide protection against any accidental spillage r chemical contact. They need to be replaced after every chemical contact. It provides better touch sensation and dexterity.

Construction of Work Gloves

  • A straight thumb is designed for tasks that involve gripping. A seam runs around the thumb and does not interfere with the task.
  • A wing thumb design does not have a seam between palm and thumb rather has an angled thumb to provide good comfort for continuous tasks.
  • A keystone thumb provides comfort and dexterity due to its ergonomic design.
  • Some gloves have a seam under two middle fingers and a natural crease cut for the palm to improve comfort.


  • Fingers compatible with touch screen
  • Breathable fabric to avoid sweating
  • Impact-absorbing pads on the palm
  • Should be flame resistant
  • Easily cleanable and machine washing
  • Plastic or rubber studs to protect the back of the hand from vibrations and punctures
  • Vibration absorbing pads on fingers and palm


Glove cuff is designed according to a particular task; some fit tightly to protect the wrist while others have loose fittings (to allow immediate removal in case of emergency). Here are some types of cuffs;

  • BAND TOP CUFF: This type of cuff has a large, loose cuff that allows quick removal upon emergency and improves breathing and airflow of hand.
  • KNIT CUFF: This type of cuff has a tight wrist fitting to keep gloves in place. It allows slow removal of gloves and prevents dirt and debris from entering.
  • ELASTIC CUFF: These are easier to put on and remove because of their short length. It has a chip closure at the wrist.
  • EXTENDED CUFF: Provides forearm and wrist protection with loose-fitting to improve airflow. Usually used for cleaning gloves.
  • HOOK AND LOOP CUFF: It helps to keep dirt out and allows gloves to be in place with tight-fitting.
  • BALL AND TAPE CUFF: Clings tightly to the wrist and provides effective protection.
  • PINKED CUFF: It has loose-fitting to allow fast removal and consists of a zigzag pattern cut into the cuff this helps to catch drips.


To find glove size use measuring tape in inches and always take measurements from the dominant hand i.e if you are right-handed take measurement from the right hand and vice versa. Some brands consider glove size by numbers and some by letters like s for small. The size of the glove varies from manufacturer to manufacturer.

  • Take the measurement around the hand at the widest part excluding the thumb.
  • Take another measurement from the fingertip of the middle finger to the base of the hand.


Gloves should be used with specific guidelines to ensure protection and safety.

  • You should clean and maintain reusable gloves.
  • Before working with chemicals make sure that your gloves are effective against that specific chemical.
  • Notice any burning or itching sensation while working because it is the indicator that you might be using the wrong glove.




Safety should be a top priority in any activity as well as at any company.  Whether doing maintenance or carpentry at home, going on a hike, or going fishing, you need the appropriate apparel to complete the task and do it safely.

In the workplace, apart from the obvious pain and suffering with worker deaths and injuries, workers who are injured on the job could sue a company for financial damages. Injuries may make them less productive when they return to work. It is important that employers effectively communicate safety standards to every employee, train them properly, and provide them with the right supplies and apparel.

SAFER GRIP by OPNBAR™️ is part of the SCS International brand and product line and makes quality safety tools and apparel to assist operators in productivity while promoting workplace safety.

SAFER GRIP by OPNBar™️ are ideal apparel and safety gloves for all-day use for outdoor and indoor maintenance activity, light manufacturing, warehouse operators, and for use in maintenance areas.

Micro-foam technology offers great breathability, making them cool and comfortable to wear, in any environment.

The spandex nylon glove palms are coating in micro-foam nitrile, and are quite flexible, making SAFER GRIP by OPNBar™️ gloves perfect for all-round activity as well as handling tools and working with small parts.

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