Glove Selection

Many facilities that you may manage or work in adhere to OSHA standards, which stands for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. This portion of the US Department of Labor is put in place to ensure that employees are safe in their workplace. One of the most important aspects of occupational safety according to OSHA is personal protective equipment (PPE), which includes glove selections that we use for various kinds of jobs.

Exam Designation / Latex Gloves / Nitrile Gloves / Vinyl Gloves / Polyethylene Gloves
/ Glove Box Holders / Glove Removal / Glove Fitting

Exam Glove Selections

Proper exam gloves provide more barrier resistance to pathogens than non-exam grade gloves, to help minimize the possibility of contamination. The FDA regulates manufacturing of exam/medical grade gloves and inspects facilities and samples shipments.

Nitrile Gloves

Nitrile Gloves

  • • Synthetic polymer.
  • • Excellence resistance to chemicals.
  • • Approximately 3 times the puncture resistance of latex or vinyl.
  • • Available in blue or black.
  • • Darker colors hide stains.

Latex Gloves

Latex Gloves

  • • Natural rubber. Provides optimal barrier against biological contaminants.
  • • Best stretch and flexing ability for added comfort and sensitivity.
  • • Less than 1% of users may experience serious allergic reactions.
  • Excellent replacement for nitrile
  • • Typically white in color.
Vinyl Gloves

Vinyl Gloves

  • • Thin synthetic thermoplastic polymer.
  • Less expensive than latex and nitrile.
  • • Often used in non-medical applications.
  • • Typically semi-transparent.
Polyethylene Gloves

Polyethylene Gloves

  • • Synthetic.
  • • Least expensive option.
  • Typically used in food service applications.
  • • Usually transparent.

Cleaning Gloves

  • Pairs come individually bagged and ready to protect your hands while cleaning
  • Resists mild detergents, mild acids, alkalies, animal fats, vegetable oils and germicides
Glove Box Holders

Glove Box Holders

Box holders to keep gloves within reach.


Proper glove disposal helps ensure that no pathogens from soiled gloves contact hands.

  1. 1. With both hands gloved, peel one glove off from top to bottom and hold in the gloved hand

  2. 2. With the exposed hand, peel the second glove from the inside, tucking the first glove inside the second

  3. 3. Dispose of the entire bundle promptly

  4. 4. Remove gloves when they become contaminated, damaged, or before leaving the work area

  5. 5. Wash hands thoroughly

Glove Removal


Fitting of gloves is important

  • • Gloves that are too large may be uncomfortable, hard to use and can be hazardous.

  • • Gloves that are too small may be binding and cause hand fatigue.

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