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How To Choose Gloves
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Excerpts from the Code of Regulations (CFR)...

Hand Protection: 29 CFR 1910.138
Employers shall select and require employees to useappropriate hand protection when employee’s hands areexposed to hazards such as those from skin absorption ofharmful substances; severe cuts or lacerations; severeabrasions; punctures; chemical burns; thermal burns; andharmful temperature extremes.... Employers shall base theselection of the appropriate hand protection on an evaluationof the performance characteristics of the hand protectionrelative to the task(s) to be performed, conditions present,duration of use, and the hazards identified.

Patient Examination Gloves: FDA 21 CFR 880.6250
A patient examination glove is a disposable device intendedfor medical purposes that is worn on the examiner’s hand orfinger to prevent contamination between patient andexaminer. Classified Class 1 (general controls)..

Types of Cuffs

Knitwrist — Used to prevent dirt and debris from getting inside the glove.Keeps cold air out and warmth in by fitting under clothing sleeves.

Slip-On — Has no cuff. Glove extends over cuff. Easy on-off used primarilyin general purpose applications and on drivers gloves.

Safety Cuff — Is easy to remove in emergency situations and gives addedprotection to the forearm. Varies in length from 2-1.2” to 2-3.4”.

Gauntlet Cuff — Has the same features as the safety cuff. The longer cuffoffers greater protection to the upper wrist. Typically 4-1/2” or longer.

Band Top — Light wrist protection. Allows air to circulate around hand.

How To Choose Gloves

Choosing the correct hand protection product is essential to protect youremployee’s hands. We offer a complete selection of hand protection products tomeet almost any application. To help you in choosing the best hand protection,you should ask the following questions...

Q: Do I need abrasion resistance?Q: Are there chemicals present?Q: Do I need protection from heat?Q: Do I need cut and/or puncture protection?

Answers to these questions will help you in your hand protection selection.Contact your Sales Representative for additional assistance in choosing yourhand protection products and developing a comprehensive hand protectionprogram.

How to Choose the Proper Glove SizeWearing properly sized gloves is as important as the glove you choose. First,measure the circumference of your hand as illustrated below, then compareto the sizing chart and choose the correct size.


Glove Care and Maintenance
Proper care and cleaning of gloves on a regualr basis is essential in maintainingquality hand protection for employees. Effective care will increase savings byaffording longer glove life.

Cleaning and Washing
Most styles of gloves will perform better and last longer when they are regularlycleaned. Certain glove styles launder better than others. Consult a SalesRepresentative for assistance with your glove selection.

Inspection
Daily inspections are recommended prior to wearing, to assure that no significantdamage to either the inside or outside surface of the glove has occurred.

Storage
Gloves should be stored in well-ventilated bins or shelves at normal roomtemperature free from direct sunlight.

Sizing Chart
GloveHand
XSmall6"-7"
Small7"-8"
Medium9"-9"
Large9"-10"
XLarge10"-11"