Characteristics of the material of the work gloves

Different types of work gloves exist to suit different situations, including the material being handled, the temperature, and the desired level of comfort. Choosing the right type of glove can prevent injuries and make work safer.

Natural rubber

This type is soft, does not harden even at low temperatures, and has excellent tearing strength. It is easy to use and can be used in a variety of applications. It is environmentally friendly as it does not produce harmful dioxin when incinerated. It lacks oil resistance, solvent resistance, and weather resistance, and tends to deteriorate in a short period of time. It has a distinctive rubber smell, and may cause allergic symptoms due to rubber proteins.


Vinyl chloride (PVC)

This type has excellent resistance to acid, alkali, oil, and weather, does not deteriorate easily, and is durable and long-lasting. It is soft and easy to use. Not suitable for solvents, strong chemicals, and heat work above 60°C. It generates dioxin when incinerated at low temperatures. Due to the revision of the Food Sanitation Act, it was announced that this material is not suitable for use in food processing, cooking, or any other material that comes in contact with fats, oils, or fatty foods. As a result, there has been a shift to products compliant with the Food Sanitation Act, such as inexpensive polyethylene gloves and oil-resistant nitrile gloves.


Polyethylene, polypropylene, polyolefin gloves

It is soft and has excellent solvent and chemical resistance. Relatively weak and easily torn. Inexpensive. Many of them are embossed (stamped, uneven) to make them easier to put on and take off, and to prevent slipping.

One side embossed: It is the cheapest but cannot be used for both left and right hands because it is embossed on one hand.

Outer embossed: The outside is embossed with bumps and dents to prevent slipping.

Inner embossed: The inside is uneven, making it easy to put on and take off.


Nitrile rubber

Material with outstanding oil resistance, chemical resistance, and abrasion resistance. It has excellent puncture and tearing strength and tends to harden at low temperatures. The material itself is relatively hard and lacks softness.



Nylon is one of the strongest fibers, soft and comfortable to the hand. It is wrinkle resistant and easy to clean. It has a slight tendency to return like rubber, but it is not strong, so it fits the hand without fatigue.



Polyester, like nylon, is one of the strongest fibers and is easy to care for, with little expansion or contraction due to washing. It has excellent heat resistance and light resistance, and is also characterized by little yellowing. It is often used as the thread for military gloves, and the softness is a feature of highly blended products. However, its moisture absorbency is inferior to that of cotton, so it may become damp.

Blended fabric work gloves and condenser yarn work gloves are available.


Aramid fiber

It is a strong fiber that is more resistant to puncture and abrasion than other fibers and has cut wound resistance. It is ideal for preventing cut wounds caused by blades and metal burrs, etc. at work sites.



The material has excellent solvent resistance, abrasion resistance, and tearing strength, and is soft and easy to work with. It is insoluble in most organic chemicals and does not harden after use. It is used in various fields such as plating work, worksites where painting solvents are used, parts cleaning, physics and chemistry, printing industry, and chemical manufacturing industry. It has a wide range of oil resistance, from animal and vegetable oils to mineral oils, as well as excellent heat and cold resistance.



The resin does not dissolve easily even when used in a working environment with high-temperature liquids, and it features flexibility and good elongation. In addition, it is characterized by being resistant to specific solvents such as dichloromethane, methanol, and acetone, etc. It also has excellent heat, cold, and weather resistance, and adhesive materials do not stick to it. Although it is heat resistant, it does not insulate, making it unsuitable for work such as welding.