A Few Mistakes to Avoid when Choosing Work Safety Gloves

Posted by Melanie Predolich on

Save yourself and your employees from potential injuries by avoiding a handful of common mistakes when it comes to selecting work safety gloves.


  1. One Employee = One Pair of Gloves If you follow this train of thought, you may leave your workers exposed to unneeded hazards. You should select work gloves based off of each task, rather than each employee. Throughout a work day, an employee is likely to perform different tasks, each of which require different levels of protection.
  2. If It Ain’t Broke Don’t Fix it At times, people can get stuck in a rut or routine of simply re-ordering the same type of gloves year after year without a re-evaluation. Glove technology improves and changes from year to year, so it is important to keep improving the level of protection you’re offering employees by, at times, making the switch to newer, more advanced work gloves.
  3. Don’t Forget the Hazard Assessment When you’re in the market for new work gloves, it is imperative to complete a comprehensive hazard assessment that will help you make sure you’re covered, not just for past injuries, but for anticipated hazards as well.
  4. Every Man or Woman for Themselves If you let employees select their work gloves on an individual basis, you increase the risk that some employees may not be protected adequately. They simply do not have the expertise to choose their own glove. Someone with knowledge of work gloves should select gloves for the employees, or offer them a pre-approved list of gloves to choose from.
  5. Practice Makes Perfect You should give your employees the opportunity to test out sample gloves. After all, they will be the ones using the gloves day in and day out, so they should have some say in the selection process. You’ll want to take note on how they rank the comfort of gloves as well as the efficiency with which the gloves allow them to perform their tasks.

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