Hand Protection



Many workplace tasks cannot be undertaken safely without some form of hand protection. In general, hand protection must be provided wherever there is residual hand injury risk after other control measures have been put in place.


The need for hand protection should be assessed by conducting an audit of potential workplace hazards.

To ensure that the most appropriate glove is provided for the tasks and the environmental conditions, it is necessary to:

  • identify the hazard(s) and the need for hand protection;
  • identify the level of manual dexterity required;
  • select suitable material to give the protection required;
  • select a suitable style and a good fit;
  • determine whether re-useable or disposable gloves are appropriate.

Chemical Risks

AS/NZS 2161.10.3:2005 and EN374.1:2016 apply to gloves that protect against chemicals and micro-organisms.

When dealing with glove performance against chemicals it is important to reference supplier glove compatibility charts for suitability and permeation & degradation time frames.

mechanical Risks

AS/NZS 2161.3/EN388 applies to gloves that protect against physical and mechanical hazards. Glove performance is indicated by numbers for Abrasion, Cut - Coup, Tear, Puncture, Cut ISO13997 and Impact EN13594:2015 (New EN388:2016). 

Click HERE for a PDF of the Hand Protection Performance Tables.

useful references

AS/NZS 2161 Set: 2008  Occupational Protective Gloves Set.

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Safety Tips

  • Correct glove fit is essential to comfort and dexterity.
  • Do not use gloves worn by others or where there is any uncertainty about prior chemical exposure.
  • Consider the use of barrier creams before and after work – but never as the primary care.
  • Cotton liners may assist in reducing moisture where prolonged use occurs.
  • Extended cuff length may provide protection to the lower arm.
  • Dispose of contaminated gloves appropriately.
  • All workers should be trained in the correct use and maintenance of personal protective equipment.

SafetyQuip offers a full scope safety supply service for hand protection including safety gloves, work gloves, rubber gloves, disposable gloves, riggers gloves, latex gloves, nitrile gloves, chemical gloves, cryogenic gloves, cut resistant gloves, mechanics gloves and welding gloves.