Some information on work gloves

Fabric, leather, latex, or vinyl coverings for the hands and wrists, shaped to separately enclose the thumb and each finger. Gloves are important safety tools worn to protect the skin from physical abrasion by tools and materials, or from chemical attack by solvents and cleaning solutions.


Habitat:
Toolbox, garage, workshop, or closet. Sold by hardware stores, drugstores, and home centers. Leather and fabric work gloves may be distinguished from dress gloves by their heavier weight and inexact fit. Reusable latex gloves may be distinguished by their close fit, bright color (typically yellow, pink, or blue), and mid-forearm length. Disposable latex and vinyl gloves, which are sold in one configuration that fits either hand, are thin and translucent.

Primary Use:
Protecting the hands from physical or chemical damage. Force exerted on tool handles grinds equally on the hand that works the tool, causing blisters, cuts, and (eventually) self-protective calluses. Chemical solutions used for cleaning may cause dermatitis as they soak into the skin of the hands; some solvents, notably methyl alcohol, suck the moisture out of skin, while such solvents as auto degreaser, lacquer thinner, acetone, and ketone may also leach fat from your flesh (not a substitute for diet and exercise). Impermeable gloves made of vinyl or latex offer almost complete protection from chemicals and solvents. They also protect hands from becoming coated with paint and varnish.

Secondary Uses:
Keeping warm in winter. Vinyl and latex also offer protection from blood-borne diseases while performing first aid.

Variations:
Some work gloves are covered with plastic or rubber dots to improve their grip. Some are insulated for working outdoors in winter. Some are knit of Kevlar yarn, which is tough enough to deflect sharp knives. Some people are allergic to latex and should therefore choose vinyl (or vice versa).

How to Use:
1. Choose a pair of work gloves that comfortably fit your hands and that have protective features appropriate to the task.
2. Put the gloves on before you set to work.
3. When you are done working, take the gloves off. If they are disposable, dispose of them. If they are reusable, wash them.

Tool-Kit Minimum:
One pair fabric or leather gloves, one pair regular rubber gloves, one package disposable vinyl gloves.