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Choosing the Right Glove

Hands are probably the most industrious part of human anatomy. Selecting the right glove for the job at hand is essential to ensure user safety and product protection. DPL Occupational offers an array of gloves to suit a multitude of requirements.

In this section, we advise you on the most important areas to consider.

Elastomer

Choosing the appropriate Elastomer(glove material) for a given application is a crucial first step in selecting the right glove. These are the main factors to consider.

Natural Rubber

Benefits

Limitation

  • Excellent flexibility, grip and barrier properties
  • Resistance to abrasion and tear
  • Resistance to water soluble chemicals(acids, bases and salts)
  • Fair protection against ketones and aldehydes
  • Durable in temperature range:
    max 250 °F to Min -25 °F (121 °C to -32 °C)
  • Could cause allergic reactions in rare instances
  • Poor resistances against petroleum and oil-based chemicals
  • Poor resistance to heat, ozone and sunlight
  • Poor flame resistance


Nitrile

Benefits

Limitation

  • Outstanding resistance against chemicals, particularly hydrocarbons, including petroleum derivatives
  • Best oil-based chemical resistance
  • Good alkali and solvent resistance
  • Resistance against abrasion, and puncture
  • Durable in temperature range:
    max 280 °F to Min 15 °F (138 °C to -9 °C)
  • Poor resistance to tear
  • Poor resistance to ketones and aromatic solvents
  • Poor resistance to oxygenated solvents
  • Lower resistance to ozone, sunlight and natural ageing
  • Poor flame resistance


Neoprene

Benefits

Limitation

  • Highest protection against aqueous acids
  • Moderate protection against a wide range of chemicals
  • Excellent tactile properties
  • Better resistance to ageing when exposed to sunlight, ozone and weather
  • Good inherent flame resistance
  • Durable in temperature range:
    max 300 °F to Min -25 °F (149 °C to -32 °C)
  • Lower mechanical resistance
  • Poor to fair resistance to aromatic and oxygenated solvents

Thickness

Deciding the right glove thickness is a trade-off between dexterity and the level of protection sought against hazards.

Thickness

Recommended For

     
  • Low/Medium
  • Precision and dexterity
     
  • High
  • Heavy-duty work requiring greater mechanical protection

Lining

The inner layer between the wearer's skin and the elastomer enhances protection and comfort while the absence of lining is preferred where cleanliness and product protection are key considerations.

Fabric Supported (Cut and Sewn)

Benefits

Recommeded for

  • Offers additional reinforcement
  • Absorbs perspiration
  • Provides heat and cold insulation
  • Reduces risk of allergic reactions
  • Heavy-duty and long duration tasks


Fabric Supported (Knitted)

Benefits

Recommeded for

  • Offers additional reinforcement
  • Absorbs perspiration
  • Provides heat and cold insulation
  • Reduces risk of allergic reactions
  • Excellent fit
  • Seamless liner for added comfort
  • Breathable construction
  • Minimum hand fatigue
  • Medium and heavy-duty work


Flock Lined

Benefits

Recommeded for

  • Absorbs perspiration
  • Provides comfort to wearer

  • Light and medium-duty work


Flock-free (Unlined)

Benefits

Recommeded for

  • Minimizes product contamination
  • Essentially chlorinated
  • Handling of food
  • Work in clean environments

Chlorination

The chlorination process involves washing the gloves in a solution of chlorine, neutralization and rinsing off any residue. The process modifies the chemical structure of the glove's surface permanently. Chlorination is also referred to as halogenation. Most products, other than fabric supported gloves can be chosen with a chlorinated finish.

Benefits

 

Caution

  • Reduces solubles such as extractable proteins and residual accelerators and considerably lowers risk of allergic reactions
  • Facilitates easy donning by lessening contact with skin at microscopic level (essential for gloves without flock or powder)
  • 'Case hardened' for enhanced chemical protection
  • Free of surface contaminants making it suitable for 'product protection' applications
  • Adjusts the pH to neutral which makes the gloves compatible with the skin's natural pH
 





  • Reduces tensile strength marginally
  • May cause slight discolouration over time

Shape

Anatomically Shaped Gloves

 

Ambidextrous Shaped Gloves

  • Provide greater Dexterity and sensitivity
  • Facilitate Easy Donning and removal
  • Reduce Hand Fatigue over prolonged use
  • Recommended for applications requiring greater precision.
 
  • Interchangeable between left and right hands
  • Cost-effective
  • Recommended for short periods and one-off applications

Coating

The extent of coating would vary with the required level of comfort, dexterity and protection.

Coating

Benefits

     
  • Palm
  • Maximum comfort and dexterity
     
  • Half
  • Moderate comfort and dexterity
     
  • Full
  • Maximum protection

Size and Length

The glove size should always match the hand of the user to optimize comfort, dexterity, safety and efficiency.

The appropriate glove length is decided by the extent to which the wearer's arm needs to be protected in the working environment. In chemical applications, the depth to which the arm is immersed should be the deciding factor.

Gloves of each size need to meet the minimum length requirements detailed in the table below.

GLOVE SIZE FITS HAND SIZE* HAND CIRCUMFERENCE (MM) MINIMUM LENGTH OF GLOVE (MM)
6 6 152 220
7 7 178 230
8 8 203 240
9 9 229 250
10 10 254 260
11 11 279 270

Grip Pattern & Cuff Design

Grip patterns are designed to offer optimum wet and dry grip under general working conditions associated with each glove style. Trial usage is recommended to select the best grip for the intended applications.