Skin contact is a potential source of exposure to toxic materials. It is important to ensure proper steps are taken to avoid skin contact with toxic materials. Most accidents involving the hands and arms can be classified under four main hazard categories: chemical exposure, abrasions, cuts, and heat. Gloves are available that can protect workers from any of these individual hazards or a combination of any of these hazards.
Gloves should be replaced periodically, depending on frequency of use and permeability to the substance(s) handled. Overtly contaminated gloves should be rinsed and then carefully removed after use.
Gloves should also be worn whenever it is necessary to handle rough or sharp-edged objects and very hot or very cold materials. The type of glove material(s) that can be used in these situations include leather gloves, welder’s gloves, aluminum-backed gloves, and other types of insulated glove materials.
Careful attention must be given to protecting hands when working with tools and machinery. Power tools and machinery must have guards installed or incorporated into their design that prevent the hands from contacting the point of operation, power train, or other moving parts. To protect hands from injury due to contact with moving parts, it is important to:
The following is a guide to the most common types of protective work gloves and the types of hazards they can guard against:
Use the ANL Glove Selection Fact Sheet for more information.
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Reviewed: December 15, 2022