January 15, 2013 | Joe Geng |

4 Tips for Choosing Puncture-Resistant Gloves

Do you know what kind of puncture-resistant glove you need? Are you choosing the right kind according to safety and industry standards? If you do, this can be a good refresher. If you don’t know, relax, this blog is for you!

Off the top, it’s important to lay out the ground rules, just like there are no cut-proof gloves, there are no puncture-proof gloves, only puncture-resistant ones. There are different levels of puncture resistance and this blog gives some tips so you can pick the right pair.


1. Know Your Puncture Standards:

Large object puncture threat: EN 388:1994:

If you are dealing with larger objects that pose a puncture threat (lumber industry, metal fabrication, waste collection) you should choose a glove that has been tested according to EN 388:1994 puncture standard, which uses a relatively large needle probe.

Fine object puncture threat: ASTM F2878 standard:

If you are dealing with fine sharp objects such as hypodermic needles, you should select a glove that has been tested according to ASTM F2878 standard.This standard uses a 25 gauge medical needle.


2. Palm or Full Coverage?

Most puncture gloves only protect the palm area of the hand, which is okay for many applications — just be sure you are aware of this and that workers don’t have a false sense of invincibility with these gloves. Full-coverage puncture gloves are also available but the trade-off is they tend to be higher in price and comfort and dexterity becomes slightly diminished.


3. Consider Industry Specific Factors:

What other features do you need in your gloves that are specific to your Industry?

  • Waste Collection — Liquid resistance
  • Lumber — High abrasion resistance
  • Steel — Cut resistance
  • Oil and Gas — Cut resistance, liquid resistance

4. Don’t Forget Comfort

Once you’ve figured out the right puncture standard, ensure you have the most comfortable glove possible (and remember that comfort is a relative term when talking about puncture gloves). No amount of cajoling or incentives will get your team to wear uncomfortable gloves.

(Need more information? Click here to download our puncture-resistance infographic!)


Joe Geng
About Joe Geng
Vice President of Superior Glove