Glove Sizing & Fit
Dangers of Poorly-fit Gloves
Gloves are the most common form of Personal Protective Equipment, which makes sense as hand injuries are the number two cause of work-related injury. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are 110,000 hand injuries annually that result in lost time. Workers who experienced these hand injuries were either not wearing gloves or wearing inadequate gloves (in size or type).
Gloves that do not fit properly do not provide enough protection, while properly fitted gloves can reduce fatigue. A glove that is the correct size will provide the highest level of dexterity while also protecting the worker. If a glove is too small, it can cause a worker’s hand to sweat and the smaller size will reduce dexterity and movement. A glove that is too large will feel clumsy and restrict movement. Additionally, when a glove is improperly sized, hand muscles must work harder to make up for a glove that is too small or too large. The result? Increased fatigue and risk of injury.
How to Ensure a Good Fit:
To determine glove size, measure around the dominant hand with a soft cloth tape measure. IF the gloves come in numbered sizes, the hand measurement in inches will correspond with the matching numerical glove size.
Additionally, you can also determine glove size by measuring from the bottom of the palm to the tip of the middle finger.
When Gloves Fit Properly:
PPE gloves are like any other tool or piece of clothing: if they are the right fit, you’ll use them more often. If they are the wrong fit, you will look for any reason not to wear or use them.
By ensuring PPE fits properly and instilling a culture that understands the importance of PPE, employers can keep their workers safe.